Arsenal went into their game against Liverpool last night knowing that they were facing an uphill battle to get anything out of it. The European champions have made a perfect start to the campaign, and they’ve done so with pretty flawless ease. In the end, the Gunners were indeed outclassed by the better team as the Reds ran out 3-1 winners at Anfield.
Throughout the first half hour of the game it looked as if Arsenal could have more of a chance than people gave them credit for, with Nicolas Pepe having a lot of joy against the team that were heavily linked with signing him. After Matip gave the hosts the lead in the 41st minute, though, it was clear to see that the momentum had turned in a big way.
Not quite good enough
Salah scored just after the break to make it two, before a bizarre challenge from David Luiz led to the Egyptian star scoring again – this time from the penalty spot. Lucas Torreira was able to pull one back with around five minutes left of normal time, but they couldn’t launch the comeback that they required as Jurgen Klopp’s men became the only team in the Premier League to kick off the season with three straight wins.
Arsenal manager Unai Emery had the following to say after the defeat.
“It was not all we wanted to do in the match because we wanted to keep the ball more, but their pressing was very strong. The second half the key was the penalty. I think (it was) very soft, I think usually it is not enough.
“But we continued our way, we opened more and they gave us more space to keep the ball. In the transition they are very strong and they scored the third goal.
Things to work on
“It was the moment we needed to show something different – not frustration, not (heads) going down. I think we showed character, also the impact with Lucas Torreira, with (Alexandre) Lacazatte and Mhiki (Henrikh Mkhitarayan) was good.
“Some players today made one step ahead, like (Joe) Willock, I think also it was a good match for (Nicolas) Pepe and Matteo (Guendouzi). (Dani) Ceballos struggled more than last week but it is one experience more for him.
“We need to be optimistic. I think we reduced the distance with Liverpool. At the moment it’s not enough but I think we can be, in some issues, positive.”
What was your biggest takeaway from the Liverpool game?