The long-awaited Premier League is back after the International Break.
This game is very important for both sides, who both remain in European competitions.
They both sit away from where they aim to be at, with Arsenal in 9th and Liverpool in 7th.
A win for either would give them optimism that a European spot can be achieved.
This game will be very hard to call, with both teams very inconsistent – Liverpool really falling off after last season’s title triumph.
The Emirates is a ground the reds struggle at, losing 2-1 and on penalties in the last 2 encounters, with a general worse record of only 2 wins in 20 games at the ground.
Klopp himself has a great record against the Gunners however, losing once in the league and will look to continue that.
Arsenal have made 4 forced changes, ESR, Saka dropping out injured along with Luiz and Xhaka is ill so misses out rarely.
Ødegaard will look to continue his hot form along with Lacazette, Chambers after his great game v West Ham.
Aubameyang, Lacazette & Pepe start together for the first time since the FA Cup Final.
Tierney got 3 assists midweek for Scotland and will be crucial to any positive result Arsenal can get.
Liverpool in contrast have Firmino back from injury and decide to play Milner.
No Jota in the starting XI is a controversial decision, with the Portuguese also standing out internationally.
Mane who’s out of form entirely and Salah make up the front 3.
The game will be an interesting one for neutrals, with attacking firepower and 3 points at stake.
So, little to report, other than an utterly dismal half for the Gunners and an inefficient one for Liverpool.
The away side have been fully on top, pressing high, creating a few chances, keeping the ball but not capitalising on chances.
Milner should’ve scored, Salah could’ve had a goal if the ball was hit well enough and others have got in behind on a few occasions.
The Gunners in comparison have been lacklustre.
No ball retention among the forward players, no progression and just launching the ball forward – which is getting prevented with ease.
The more worrying news for the Gunners is Tierney appeared to jar his knee and therefore got subbed of, hopefully it’s nothing too serious but a huge blow, nonetheless.
Missing the energy, ball retention and movement of Saka & ESR, the dominance of Xhaka in the middle, no Luiz another huge miss.
It can only improve for the Gunners, who are lucky to be level and are often a different side after the break as shown previously.
Arsenal started off slightly better but realistically the inevitable happened.
Trent was more reminiscent of his former self putting it perfectly onto substitute Jota, who scores again against Arsenal.
It got worse as well, as a good pass from Thiago left Salah to slot through the keeper’s legs.
The inevitable happened all at once, and it looks a real mission for the Gunners to get anything – they wouldn’t deserve it either.
A dismal display was topped off as Jota got another. Embarrassing display and as bad as it’s been for some time for the Gunners.
Liverpool full worth for their big lead.
A 4th could’ve easily happened, but ultimately it ends a 3-0.
A bitter day in North London for the Home side, a statement wins for the away side who never look feared as they propel their hopes for CL football.
For the Gunners it was a known story, a game where they look incompetent without the main stayers – highlighting the further problem of needing depth and quality desperately.
Man of the match:
Defensively Liverpool was great, but there are 3 main contenders and one clear winner.
Trent Alexander Arnold has come off a lot of stick after a below par start to the season and no call up to the England squad.
The fullback put all his critics behind, with a great performance. His all-round game was impressive, getting into some good areas and getting the all-important assist.
The man who scored from that Jota showed another reason of why he should be starting. The Portuguese haunted Arsenal yet again and was very lively.
He has looked impressive whenever he’s played and has really shown up when fit with today another example.
The main MOTM however – Fabinho. Liverpool looks a different side with the powerhouse in the middle.
Better balanced, more feared, aggressive, and intelligent, the Brazilian was impeccable.
Leno – 4
Chambers – 5
Holding – 4
Gabriel – 5.5
Tierney – 5.5
Ceballos – 3
Partey – 6
Aubameyang – 4
Ødegaard – 5
Pepe – 5
Lacazette – 5
Cedric – 5.5
Elneny – 5
Martinelli – N/A
I have been a big fan of Arteta, but I have to say he got it completely wrong today even with the important players missing.
From minute 1 his side were pinned in and the goals were only a matter of time. There was no progression, no retention, little effort.
Whether this is down to Arteta or not is another matter as it’s quite clear without the key players, the Gunners look a different side – reminiscent of the dreadful early form.
What next for Arsenal?
Arsenal travel to face Slavia Prague in an important Quarter final affair on BT Sports next Thursday.
The tie is make or break for any last-ditch belief for Champions League qualification.
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this as always.