The Gunners lost a lead in the closing moments of stoppage time on Sunday, drawing 2-2 at Anfield. You can read about the match in our full recap, but here are three takeaways for what the result means for Arsenal moving forward.
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Arsenal surrendered a lead late on against Liverpool at Anfield, which meant it was yet another game that the Londoners had fallen short when coming up against top-half opposition. Arsene Wenger’s men have drawn against Everton and Liverpool, while losing to Chelsea and Swansea City.
They were second-best for the majority of the match against Liverpool, and were incredibly fortunate to take a point from proceedings, despite having been surprisingly ahead going into the law few minutes. But once again, Arsenal failing to be the bigger sides on the road has been a common theme.
Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker was once again critical of negative tactics deployed by manager Arsene Wenger in the aftermath of their 2-2 draw against Liverpool. The German international has been outspoken all through the campaign, and recently admitted he was far from please with how the side played after conceded a late equaliser to the Reds.
“We didn’t find our own game. We tried to defend in the last minute, but not as good as I thought (we could have). We have to take responsibility for our game – we were always on the back foot. I’m not really pleased with the performance,” he said.
Ten man Liverpool scored a stoppage-time goal to rescue a 2-2 draw against Arsenal at Anfield on Sunday.
The home side had the first attempt on goal on four minutes. Reds captain Steven Gerrard curled an effort high and wide of goal, after Per Mertesacker had brought Philippe Coutinho down just outside the penalty box.
The home side had the next attempt on goal, as Adam Lallana fired just over Szczesny’s bar from inside the penalty area. It took a while for the next chance to come along on 21 minutes, as Olivier Giroud headed straight at Brad Jones from an Alexis Sanchez cross.
With Arsenal having a lot of players on the treatment table ahead of their weekend meeting against Liverpool, manager Arsene Wenger has a difficult task to get a result.
A win could put the Londoners in the top-four of the Premier League, but with so many key players already ruled out of action, Arsenal will be considerably under-strength. They will have some confidence against Liverpool, however, given that the Reds have lost four of their last seven league games.
Young Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin has revealed he is now playing with real freedom on the pitch, after enduring a difficult start following his debut for the senior side earlier this season.
Enjoying somewhat of a breakthrough campaign, Bellerin shone in Arsenal’s recent 4-1 win against Newcastle, and he says his performances improve due to his improve confidence.
“When you play your first games you’re just trying not to make a mistake. Then as you get more confident you start playing the way you usually play. I feel more comfortable every time I get to play. It was thanks to all the people who have trust in me because that’s what lets you play freely,” he said.
Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain believes disgruntled supporters should blame the players and not manager Arsene Wenger for their inconsistent start to the season.
“I understand their frustration. But I wouldn’t put that on the manager. We have to stand up ourselves as players. We are adults and we need to stand up and take some of that blame ourselves,” said Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Arsenal have lost three of their last six, and endured an even more difficult start to the campaign. It led to manager Arsene Wenger receiving a lot of abuse from the supporters, as they felt he made failings in the transfer market, but injuries haven’t helped hid cause.
Arsenal’s Calum Chambers recently revealed how much he’s enjoyed switching positions for the Gunners this season.
The England defender signed for £16M from Southampton in the summer, and has been used at right-back and centre-back for Arsene Wenger’s side. Despite having swapped roles on a regular basis, Chambers says it’s been a good experience for him.
“I will have to settle in a place but I’ve always found myself switching positions from a young age so it’s nothing that I’m not used to. It’s been a good experience for me. I really enjoyed my time at centre half at the start of the season and I’ve enjoyed my time (at right-back) after Mathieu Debuchy was unfortunately injury,” said the 19-year-old.
Arsenal and Germany playmaker Mesut Ozil is close to a return to first team action. The Germany international has been out of action with a knee injury since 5th October and it was believed that he would not play again until 2015.
However, it seems Ozil is ahead of schedule and could make a return to action in the near future, although he will not appear in Arsenal’s visit to Liverpool on Sunday, which the Gunners are odds of 6/4 to win.
Despite snubbing an invitation from Arsene Wenger to join his coaching staff in favour of a media job, Arsenal legend Thierry Henry admits that he would, nonetheless, love to be appointed the Gunners manager one day in the future.
Having seen his contract at New York Red Bulls come to an end, the 37-year-old decided to end his playing career and in turn accepted a lucrative offer to become Sky Sports pundit.
Henry has reportedly become the highest-paid pundit on British television, having agreed a six-year deal with Sky worth £4 million, while he also had offers from BBC and BT Sport.