Another Anfield visit, another defeat. For the fourth time consecutive at Merseyside, Arsenal conceded three goals. Here are my take home from the loss to Liverpool.
– EMERY GAMBLES AGAIN
Perhaps, Emery will need to take all of the critics this time around, the gamble to be pragmatic against Liverpool was a case of maybe or maybe not. A case of “Ifs”.
If he had gone all out attack against Liverpool, would it be have been a different result?. Maybe or maybe not.
Sit back and hit Liverpool on the counter, then see if you can score on the break?. Maybe or maybe not.
Two chances for Pepe on the break, the Ivorian couldn’t convert. Arsenal would then go on to concede from a freekick just before halftime, thus disrupting the game plan
That said, the Torreira and Lacazette substitution was wee bit late, could have brought them on at the start of the second half, go for the kill and see maybe it works or not.
Tactics gone wrong at Anfield again, Emery needs to appease the Arsenal faithful with a win next Sunday against Spurs at the Emirates.
– PEPE WILL COME GOOD
For the first time, Nicolas Pepe completed full 90 mins for Arsenal and completed 7/10 take ons as many as all other Arsenal players combined.
Nicolas Pépé becoming the first player to successfully dribble past Virgil van Dijk in the Premier League since Mikel Merino did so in March 2018 summed up his performance albeit not clinical enough.
Pepe looked very dangerous on the break for Arsenal beating his opponent at will and combined well with Aubameyang.
So much was expected from the record signing but he has to make do with a new environment, language and football. The signs are right and with such a lively game at a scary Anfield stadium, Pepe will soon come good for Arsenal.
– DEFENDING STILL A CONCERN
You want to quickly forget David Luiz in a short while, unnecessary pulling of Salah’s shirt to concede a penalty, got booked and thus was unable to get close to Salah in his second spree at getting his brace.
All round defending was shaky with his Sokratis partnership but a more genuine case is to have our full backs return from injury, Bellerin and Tierney, which would further bring solidity to the back line.
This isn’t to shame David Luiz, he is 32 years old, would have his good and bad days surely but I expect him to still have more good performance than bad ones. Williams Saliba can’t come soon you want to say.
Six points from three games, not bad right?. Some improvement seen and on to the next one, this time, the North London Derby. Back on Sunday for that epic clash. Until then, Ya Gunners Ya.