Arsenal vs Liverpool – Match Report

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In a game of little goals, many opportunities and many emotions it was very much a game of two halves. The visitors started off by conceding a debatable offside Aaron Ramsey goal, but grew into the game and controlled it all the way to the half time break.

In this third test for the Merseysiders it was clear that Brendan Rodgers and his transfer committee had learnt from their mistakes. New signings Christian Benteke, James Milner, Joe Gomez, Nathaniel Clyne and Roberto Firmino all started the game. Each of the respective players putting in a shift that should have resulted in the Reds being a goal or two up before half time, only to be eclipsed by the sheer class of Petr Cech. Petr Cech did well to ensure his side went home with one point following a poor first half performance by saving Christian Benteke’s goal-bound effort off the line and pushing Philippe Coutinho’s shot onto the post. He was however powerless to stop Coutinho’s early crossbar effort which the Londoners survived through luck and only luck.

Christian Benteke also took the chance to show why Liverpool splashed £32.5M on him in the summer, and was unlucky not to score one or maybe two goals. He certainly didn’t lack confidence when attempting an ‘Ibrahimovic – esque’ overhead kick from outside the box that was surely going to be a goal of the season contender, but it was not to be. Roberto Firmino also made his first start for Liverpool and looked lively for brief moments at the beginning but slowly faded and was substituted for Jordan Ibe. Joe Gomez impressed, and the defensive line performed their duties to ensure a third clean sheet from three.

Many were stunned to see the score line reading 0-0 at half time and eagerly anticipated the second half. Arsenal soon upped their game and created numerous chances that resulted in them hitting a post towards the later stages. They were unlucky to not get a goal or two in the later stages of the game. The introduction of Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain finally made Arsenal look like the home team, and Liverpool were lucky to not concede the odd goal or two themselves, or even concede a penalty. After a poor striking performance from Olivier Giroud, Arsenal fans can only hope Arsene Wenger brings in a star name as the pinnacle of their attack or his side will continue to be dependent on the number 12.

Liverpool maintain their unbeaten start to the Premier League campaign beating Stoke, Bournemouth,  and now drawing against Arsenal and lying 3rd in the table with 7 points, 3 above Arsenal who are 9th following a loss at home to West Ham and a win at Selhurst Park.

Arsenal travel to Newcastle in gameweek 4 and Liverpool host West Ham at Anfield in hope of prolonging their 100% start even further.

Player Ratings:

Cech – 9/10                                              Mignolet – 7/10

Gabriel – 5.5/10                                      Clyne – 6/10

Bellerin – 5.5/10                                     Skrtel – 6.5/10

Monreal – 6/10                                       Lovren 6.5/10

Chambers – 5/10                                    Gomez – 7/10

Ozil – 7/10                                                Lucas – 7/10

Coquelin – 7.5/10                                   Milner – 7.5/10

Cazorla – 6.5/10                                      Can – 6.5/10

Ramsey – 6.5/10                                     Coutinho – 8.5/10

Sanchez – 7/10                                        Firmino – 6/10

Giroud – 5.5/10                                       Benteke – 8/10

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