There’s a ghastly 48 hour bug going around where I live, one which decided to say hello to me on Thursday night. Anyway, I dragged myself out of bed to watch Arsenal take on Liverpool. Trouble is, I could barely keep my eyes open but I’m not sure whether or not that was simply down to what unfolded as the game went on.
Just in case anyone has forgotten, Arsenal have chosen to go down a different route than before. The younger route. Thomas Partey, Alex Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were the only players in the team aged over 23 years old yesterday evening. Unlike Klopp’s team which was full of experience with many of them having played together for more than a season. A team which included Mane, who once more seemed to have a licence to beat up our players.
That aside, Arsenal were given a lesson on how to press a defence whereas Mikel Arteta’s front men weren’t able to do the same. Mikel Arteta’s team made mistakes, mistakes which gifted the opposition three goals during a twenty five minute spell in the second half.
Man City, Chelsea and Liverpool are the three best teams in the League, they are at a level Arsenal are aiming for but aren’t anywhere near yet. What’s important now is how Mikel Arteta and his players react against bottom of the league Newcastle next weekend, after losing for the first time in a while.
Of course, it hurts to see Arsenal get overrun in the fashion they did, certainly in the second half, but young players sometimes need to learn the hard way. What disappointed me most yesterday was the lacklustre performances from our more senior players, certainly our captain. But for him straying offside, we’d have gone 1-0 up and who knows what might have followed next. I’m sure they’ll be debates over whether or not Kieran Tierney should have started instead of Nuno Tavares. For what it’s worth, I don’t think he should because Nuno has been really good since replacing the Scotsman and apart from one or two mistakes, he kept Salah pretty quiet. Don’t we often say on here that players need to work themselves back into the starting eleven?
The way Arsenal surrendered after going 2-0 down brought back horrid memories of the City game but I’d like to think it was just a blip. Just a day when things which could go wrong, went wrong and with it, opened the door for Liverpool to breeze through. And let’s face it, when was the last time Arsenal have done anything other than take a drubbing at Anfield? I think Mikel Arteta played in that game, that’s how long ago it was.
Now though, he’s ripped up the ‘lets paper over the cracks’ theme which the club has stuck to for a few years now and he’s rebuilding a totally different looking squad. A squad which in its own time will which hopefully be matching the likes of Liverpool, City and Chelsea.
For now though, I think we just have to accept that they’re better than us because all three clubs started rebuilding their squads a long time ago.
See you in the comments.