Arsenal’s Friday night 3-3 draw with Liverpool may have been a great watch for neutrals, but for fans of both teams, it summed up why they will not be winning a big trophy this season. For Arsenal, it perfectly summed up their struggles in recent seasons.
The bad side of Arsenal
Arsenal’s display against Liverpool showed the good and bad of the Gunners. The bad aspect was the team’s poor defensive displays, which sporadically appeared throughout each season for Arsenal.
In truth, it could have been much worse for Arsenal, especially when Laurent Koscielny put Mohamed Salah through on goal, only for Petr Cech to bail his team out.
Liverpool causes every team problems in defence. They have so much pace and invention in the Merseysiders team. However, Arsenal have a habit of giving opposition chances galore in games.
The Gunners can look like they are starting to improve defensively and then suddenly they produce a defensive display like Friday nights. Those defensive displays show that Arsenal are still not good enough in defence or the defensive areas to compete with the best teams in the league.
The good side of Arsenal
Arsene Wenger’s side also showed in the game just how well they can perform in attack. The likes of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez often disappear in big matches.
However, the pair both scored against Liverpool, while striker Alexandre Lacazette also produced a lively display and a crucial assist for Ozil’s goal. On their day, Arsenal can be such an attacking force, especially the aforementioned trio.
The visitors have not exactly been solid in defence of late. However, the Gunners have been impressive going forward for much of the season. Ozil has been slowly improving, while Gunners fans will be hoping for Sanchez to rediscover his best form over the festive period.
Could drop to sixth
Arsenal could drop to sixth place in the table if Burnley beat Tottenham at Turf Moor later today. The Gunners are just one point behind Liverpool who currently occupies fourth spot in the table.
The Gunners are odds of 7/4 to clinch a Champions League spot this season. For the north London side, they have to keep going and hope that their attacking players can negate their defensive weaknesses.
If the likes of Ozil, Sanchez and Lacazette can find their best form then a top-four finish is definitely not out of the question this season.
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