If last night's defeat was a price we had to pay to learn a lesson for good and all, it will be one worth paying.
With European ties of much greater important to come, is this a fixture too far for Arsenal and Liverpool?
Only discipline will do for Arsenal as they travel to Anfield tonight (Saturday) to take on league leaders Liverpool. The Gunners have been atrocious from a defensive point of view this season, with no real improvement in terms of goals conceded on last season, and that issue will be in sharp focus against a side … Continue reading Counter could be intuitive for Arsenal in daunting trip to Anfield
Saturday’s draw with Liverpool was well-deserved and a measure of how Arsenal have progressed in the relatively short time since the start of the Premier League season. Though a week can be a lifetime in football, the vast majority of fans accepted that the dynastic change at the club over the summer was going to … Continue reading Arsenal 1 Liverpool 1: The three players who made it possible…
If I learned one thing from last night’s six-goal thriller against Liverpool it’s that we will never again be a sound defensive unit under Arsene Wenger. The days of miserly, tough-tackling defending, and no-nonsense midfields are gone and will not be coming back as long as the Frenchman is in charge at the Emirates. Arsene … Continue reading Arsenal break even against Liverpool as win-or-bust football persists
Sunday’s trip to Anfield to face Liverpool fills me with a sense of grim foreboding, particularly after last week’s woeful showing at Stoke City. Two wins from two matches would at least have given us a little insulation from the possibility of a hiding but, having squandered the chance to claim three points against Mark … Continue reading Liverpool vs Arsenal: The Gunners must leave Anfield with something to show for their efforts
As far as gambles go, the decision to leave Alexis Sanchez on the bench in favour of a more aerial threat up front was an all-or-nothing move. Had we bombarded Liverpool with crosses, free-kicks, and long balls, it may have turned out to be a stroke of genius from Arsene Wenger, exposing another flaw in … Continue reading Arsene Wenger’s gamble with Alexis Sanchez was the most ill-judged of his career
A preview for any Premier League match normally involves looking at all the factors which may – or may not – affect the team, how they might shape up tactically, and what sort of mental state they are in. This evening’s trip to Liverpool, however, is one of those rare matches in which I am … Continue reading Well-rested Arsenal have no excuse not to get positive result from trip to Liverpool
It’s so easy to be reactionary when you watch your team slip to defeat and equally as simple to be an expert after the occasion, when the dust has settled. For the most part, I try to take a rational, balanced view in the wake of defeat and really look beyond the simple reasons for … Continue reading Difficult to see Arsenal’s silver lining as same mistakes come back to bite against Liverpool