Arsenal travelled to Anfield high on confidence today but the Gunners were handed a reality check by Liverpool.
Mikel Arteta’s men did well in the first half but Sadio Mane put the Reds in front a few minutes before half-time. A Nuno Tavares mistake helped Diogo Jota double Liverpool’s lead after the break and Arsenal then collapsed.
Mo Salah and Takumi Minamino scored to put the Reds 4-0 up to make the scoreline a little more embarrassing for us.
Five things we learned as Arsenal lose 4-0 to Liverpool
Lack of experience
The youth and enthusiasm of Arsenal have really excited every fan. Our young players were the stars during our 10-game unbeaten run, but days like today show how that inexperience could hurt us.
Liverpool stepped it up in the second half and Arsenal fell apart. We need to improve our game management – both while we’re winning and when things aren’t going our way.
The Tierney-Tavares dilemma
The one big selection headache Mikel Arteta faced before the game was at left-back. Nuno Tavares stepped in during Kieran Tierney’s absence and he was magnificent. KT was available today, but Arteta decided to keep his faith in the former Benfica man.
We can’t really blame the Arsenal boss for sticking with Tavares. There really was no reason to drop him after how well he had done.
However, looking back now, a game of this magnitude at one of the toughest places in the world would’ve probably been better for the more experienced Scotsman.
The Aubameyang problem
Arsenal’s most predictable game-plan involves Alexandre Lacazette making way for Martin Odegaard at some point in the second half. That has helped us over the last few weeks, but Arteta should consider changing that routine in games like this.
When Arsenal don’t really have a lot of possession and are being dominated by the opponents, there’s not a lot Aubameyang can do. Arteta should consider taking off his skipper in the future instead of Lacazette as the Frenchman offers a lot more in our build-up.
Aaron Ramsdale is incredible
It says a lot when your side concedes four goals but your goalkeeper still ends up being your man of the match. That was the case for Arsenal today as without Aaron Ramsdale, the scoreline would’ve been a lot more humiliating.
Arteta and Edu deserve a lot of credit for pushing for Ramsdale when the whole world told them not to. The Englishman is proving to be a remarkable signing and it’s only a matter of time before he’s England’s number one.
A long way to go
Every Arsenal fan knew that taking something away from the game today was unlikely. Our record at Anfield has been woeful over the years and although we all hoped it would change this evening, we knew it was going to be difficult.
The difference in quality between the two sides was overly evident today, especially in the second half. A 4-0 defeat is not easy to take, but Arsenal’s young players should keep their heads up.
This is just a minor setback and the game next week will surely be a lot easier. COYG!