Arsenal were thoroughly humiliated in a 4-0 loss against Liverpool at Anfield. The home team took the control of the game from the very first minute and made the Gunners suffer for the entire game. Liverpool’s all three forwards, Firmino, Mane, and Salah, took turns to score before Sturridge added the 4th goal after coming off the bench.
Let’s discuss the five things we learned from the game:
5. Liverpool Are The Kings Of Big Games
Liverpool didn’t come close to winning the Premier League last season, but they did hold a remarkable record of winning the most points against opponents from the top 6 teams of the table. Jurgen Klopp always manages to induce some extra hunger in his troops when facing the big guns in the league.
Klopp’s team proved yet again that they are undisputed kings of big games after thrashing Arsenal 4-0 in their home territory. The result will certainly send warnings to all the top teams who would be playing Liverpool in near future. The Reds face Manchester City next, which is another big game for them to win.
4. Rob Holding Isn’t Ready To Be A Regular Yet
One of the finds of Arsenal’s disappointing season last year, Rob Holding, has looked very poor in the two games he has played this year. The youngster has started to show his inexperience in difficult situations and hasn’t looked assuring to be a regular in the defence of Arsenal.
The 21-year-old certainly needs to learn his trade much better before he can cement his place as a starter. Holding looked off pace today with his passing and positioning in what was a horrible performance from the defender. Wenger needs to sort out a solid defender alongside Koscielny.
3. Arsenal Players Don’t Look Committed And Hungry
While the Liverpool players looked in prime form from the kick-off, Arsenal players looked without a purpose. The Gunners looked like a team of random 11 players put up to play a match. First half, in particular, was devoid of any passion or determination for Arsene Wenger’s team.
The contract situation of many players at Arsenal might have affected the morale of the setup. Remarkably, important players like Ozil, Sanchez, and Oxlade-Chamberlain are all in their last year of contracts. The uncertainty around the futures of such players can push Arsenal in a downward spiral.
2. Arsene Wenger Might Face Even Greater Protests
The most successful manager in the history of Arsenal has faced his fair share of criticism over the last few seasons. Last season, the Frenchman was subjected to some very aggressive rants and protests from the fans. There were banners flying over stadiums to sack him, but Wenger still managed to keep his job.
However, today’s performance, compounded by the loss against Stoke, have set the theme for Arsenal fans. Massive protests are in the offing for Wenger, and a string of bad results might, from here on, even lead to the board sacking him.
1. The Attacking Trio Of Liverpool Is Frightening
The pace and skill in the front three players of Liverpool is almost unmatchable for any Premier League club right now. Mane, Firmino, and Salah are proving to be a nightmare for defences to deal with already. Even without Coutinho, who might leave during the last few days of the transfer window, Liverpool’s attack is frightening.
Jurgen Klopp has laid out a solid foundation at the back of his front 3 players to give them the licence to kill defences with their blazing pace and technical strength. Mane, Firmino, and Salah can certainly be trusted to give a whopping return in terms of goals and assists during this season.
Written by Shorya Panwar
Has 20+ years of experience managing Schalke in Football Manager 2017. Believes wing-backs are the most complete footballers in the modern/evolved football. Writes weird stuff on his personal blog.