Zero attempts on target say it all for the Arsenal, as it was a highly disappointing visit to Anfield, getting thrashed aside 4-0 in only the third game of the new Premier League campaign. Arsenal stepped into this match with one win on the opening day of the league against Leicester, which ended 4-3, and, a loss to Stoke City, which ended 1-0. That’s a total of 8 goals conceded in three games already for a manager who says his ambition is winning the league this campaign.
Everything doesn’t seem right at Arsenal, it’s clear for all to see the performance against Liverpool is the sort you title players not playing for the manager – and you can also translate it to players not willing to signing new contract deals.
We didn’t seem convincing enough in winning this fixture as soon as I saw team sheet. Liverpool fielded a strong Starting XI that looked terrifying on the offensive, not to forget they’re missing their star man Coutinho. Loris Karius, Joe Gomez, Joel Matip, Dejan Lovren, Alberto Moreno, Emre Can, Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, and Sadio Mane made the Starting XI against an Arsenal that fielded Petr Cech, Rob Holding, Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal, Alex Oxlade- Chamberlain, Aaron Ramsey, Granit Xhaka, Hector Bellerin, Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Danny Welbeck as their Starting XI; benching new signings Lacazette and Kolasinac in our biggest game thus far in the league campaign.
In the 10th minute, Liverpool could have taken the lead through their new Signing Mohamed Salah when a nice delivery was sent in by Moreno and needed just an intelligent tap-in to take the lead by was denied by Cech who did well to save the Egyptians effort.
However, Liverpool would be awarded a goal 7 minutes later by Firmino when a headed in a Joe Gomez cross.
Their lead would increase in the 40th minute when Mane was released on a run against Rob Holding, but the Englishman let the Senegalese run him over to his favourite foot and curled a beauty into the left side of Cech’s post, giving the home side a strong advantage going into the break.
A half time substitution was made by Arsene, replacing Ramsey for Coquelin which I think wasn’t wise enough, replacing an attacking minded player with a defensive minded player when you’re two goals down and you have your top two strikers still on the bench. Says a lot about priorities.
Liverpool played us on the counter in the second half and would see their lead further increase in the 57th minute after a Bellerin mistake gifted Salah the ball who had to run from his half down to the Arsenal half and easily placed the ball to Cech’s goal. We were shambolic in the match.
Liverpool would round up their scoring with substitute Daniel Sturridge when he headed in a cross from Salah to round off their performance.
The Arsenal players didn’t look like playing as a team due to a few internal issues going on in the Arsenal camp that needs urgent sorting out because the fans are drained of the same issue every season. I foresee a situation whereby fans don’t attend games, maybe this would be when the board finally realizes to exercise their authority and act accordingly.