With the new season in sight and teams really are starting to build towards the forthcoming season, I can’t help but be in awe looking at the signings the Milan club has made thus far. With the likes of Bonnuci and Andre Silva signing for the Rossoneri, I can’t help but wait to see if Milan are en route to their glory days or just another case of mismanagement of resources.
With Monaco’s Thomas Lemar looking increasingly likely to swap the French side for the Gunners and Wenger’s stubbornness to sell star man Alexis Sanchez, I can only see positive signs as we gear up for the new season.
In recent times, we haven’t quite had the best of starts to a new campaign, notably losing the first game of last season to Liverpool by a scoreline of 4-3. In the summer of last season, Wenger signed Granit Xhaka, Rob Holding, Lucas Perez, Shkodran Mustafi and Takuma Asano, who was loaned out to Stuttgart afterward.
Arsenal fielded a slightly weakened team due to one or two injuries and players not being match fit, as opposed to Liverpool, who came out in full strength. The Gunners team included: Cech, Bellerin, Holding, Chambers, Monreal, Coquelin, Ramsey, Walcott, Iwobi and Alexis Sanchez while Liverpool played with a team of Mignolet, Clyne, Klavan, Lovren, Moreno, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Lallana, Coutinho, Mane and Firmino.
The match got on the way in a packed Emirates Stadium as Arsenal started the game with very promising signs and were awarded a penalty in the 29th minute when Alberto Moreno brought down Theo Walcott, but he missed from the spot.
He would, however, make amends for his mistake a minute later, by drilling a low effort into the far corner of the post to make it one nil to the host. An audacious free-kick from Coutinho in stoppage time of the first half brought the halftime score to 1-1, finding the top corner of Cech’s post who was largely beaten from a far distance.
The inexperience at the defence would cost us the game as Liverpool would go on to score 3 goals in the first 18 minutes of the second half, courtesy of Lallana, Coutinho, and Mane. What did Arsene say to the boys at half-time?
Substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain pulled one back for the Gunners with a deflected shot that snuck past Mignolet before match culprit Chambers scored a consolation goal as he guided through a Santi Carzola free-kick into the net of Mignolet.
In Wenger’s post-match comments, he openly admitted to his side lacking experience and stability after having all summer to prepare for the first game of the league campaign. I certainly hope it’s not the same affair that pans out when the new campaign gets on the way.