The Covid-19 pandemic and the consequent break in football hit the Premier League less than three months into Mikel Arteta’s reign at Arsenal; hardly an ideal scenario for any coach, but especially for one who didn’t have any prior experience in running a team. From an outside point of view, it means we are yet to get a proper feel for the impact of the changes he intends to make in the long run, even if the start was relatively encouraging.
Arsenal’s record of 49 Premier League games without tasting a single defeat will remain intact. Watford, of all teams, have finally put a stop to Liverpool’s brilliant run at 44.
The Champions League holders suffered a shocking defeat at the Vicarage Road today (Saturday), but the manner in which they lost the game was perhaps even more surprising than the fact that they lost – they were completely outplayed by a relegation battling side. That fact proves that the Premier League is still the most challenging among the European top flights, whatever people say about it being ‘weak’ this season.
According to David Ornstein of The Athletic, Arsenal face a battle to keep hold of Bukayo Saka this summer.
The 18-year-old broke onto the scene practically immediately upon introduction to the first team. Deployed a few times in his preferred position on the left wing by Unai Emery, he was asked to do the best he can on the left defensive flank in the absence of both Kieran Tierney and Sead Kolasinac.
According to Liverpool Echo, Adam Lallana is set to leave Liverpool at the end of the season. That’s when his contract expires, and a decision has been reached that there wouldn’t be any talks about a new deal.
Lallana left Southampton as an attacking midfielder and joined Liverpool back in 2014, when the Merseysiders were under the command of current Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers. The current Leicester City boss deployed him in that role too, as did Jurgen Klopp upon his arrival. But as the German too charge of his first full season at the club, he changed his formation to 4-3-3 and Lallana played most of the 2016/17 as a box-to-box runner, where he was extremely efficient. He was a crucial part of the team which managed to fight their way back to the Champions League at the end of that season, at the expense of none other than Arsenal.
Mesut Ozil made his third start of the season in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup away to Liverpool on Wednesday, and he was one of the standout performers in both teams, despite Arsenal failing to move on to the next round. It was certainly a thrilling game, given it saw 10 goals scored, and it eventually came down to penalties in which Liverpool goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher managed to save the effort of Dani Ceballos, providing an advantage his teammates capitalized on.
After one of the craziest Carabao Cup games in recent memory last night, Arsenal were beaten 5-4 on penalties by Liverpool at Anfield. It was one of those encounters that will be remembered long into the future of the competition, and the funniest part of it all is neither team put out a full first team. Both sides had notable senior players starting the game, and if pushed for a pick out of the two, we’d argue Arsenal were slightly stronger than Liverpool.
Arsenal went down to Liverpool last night on penalties, following an insane 5-5 game at Anfield. The Reds will now turn their attention towards the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup, whereas Gunners manager Unai Emery needs to reflect on where it all went wrong.
The Premier League returns this weekend but before all of that, we’re going to take a deep dive into the Carabao Cup. The competition often receives a great deal of stick for being unimportant, but the truth of the matter is that it serves as another opportunity for teams to win some silverware and lift a trophy up high at Wembley.
Two sides who will be amongst the favourites to do just that are Liverpool and Arsenal, who are set to meet at Anfield later tonight with the winner progressing to the quarter-final stage of the competition. There are going to be different priorities bouncing back and forth between the two clubs this season, but either way, we’re expecting a pretty strong game between the top six sides on Merseyside.
While Arsenal’s game against Sheffield United may be the most important thing for the club today, it’s also important to take a look around and see how their rivals fared during their own games. It’s never too early to consider the battle for the top four to be just that: a battle. Nobody really knows who is going to be seriously involved in the race for quite some time, but it’s obvious to see who is going to be mixing it up at the top, so we may as well not try and get around that fact.
Arsenal were unable to overcome the challenge of European champions Liverpool this past weekend, losing 3-1 to Jurgen Klopp’s side at Anfield. It was a pretty comprehensive win for the Reds, but there were certainly points in which the visitors looked like they had the potential to cause Liverpool some real damage. It didn’t quite work out that way, though, with one of the reasons for that being Joel Matip.
After seemingly solidifying himself as van Dijk’s right hand man at the back for the first team, Matip was able to score one of the three goals that led to Arsenal slipping to a defeat. After the fact, Matip spoke to Liverpool.com and actually spoke out about why Unai Emery’s men were difficult to play against.