Arsenal Pour Yet More Woe On Liverpool
Arsenal Pour Yet More Woe On Liverpool, Brendan Rodgers saw his men outplayed by the Gunners as they fell to a defeat at Anfield. Impressive Arsenal too slick for Liverpool, New boys Lukas Podolski and Santi Cazorla both opened their accounts for Arsenal either side of half-time while Liverpool’s transfer deadline day inactivity came back to haunt them as they had limited options to try and change things.
Nuri Sahin made his debut in midfield for the Reds but it was Arsenal’s midfield that bossed proceedings with a fit-again Abou Diaby putting in a man of the match performance.
Liverpool meanwhile had no clear-cut attacking options on the bench, with Stewart Downing and the admittedly impressive Jonjo Shelvey the best they could do in the way of attacking substitutions.
Brendan Rodgers has tried to implement a passing policy at Liverpool, but just as last week when Martin Skrtel was guilty of an error that led to a goal, it was a misplaced pass that led to the Arsenal opener on the half hour.
An uncharacteristically off-colour Steven Gerrard was the guilty party this time as he gave the ball away cheaply while Liverpool were attacking, allowing Arsenal to burst forward on the counter.
Cazorla dribbled impressively to the edge of the area and with a dummy run from Oliver Giroud to his right creating space, the Spaniard was able to slip the ball to Podolski on the left instead and the German finished impressively after making a fantastic run.
Arsenal really should have doubled their advantage in the 41st minute in similar fashion when Diaby powered forward magnificently from deep in his own half before playing in Giroud. But the French striker made a woeful hash of his shot, slicing wide of the left post and earning an earful from Podolski as a result.