The trip to Anfield last season was a real low point for Arsenal and a lot of people will see it as the start of our slide down the Premier League table that left us fighting for fourth place once again. While that is true to some extent, it had been coming and the Gunners were really struggling with the loss of Theo Walcott and Aaron Ramsey.
And as Arsene Wenger has pointed out in an interview reported by ESPN, Liverpool were full of confidence and absolutely flying at the time. They also got off to a perfect start and everything went right for them. He does not mention this, but their opening goal in the first minutes should clearly have been ruled out for offside.
The Arsenal boss said, “We have won five of our last six games and we want to continue our strong run. Liverpool are always very strong at home, but we want to be faithful to our philosophy and play our game.
“Liverpool scored 100 goals last year. They were very good going forward. This year they have only 19, so they are not on the same trend.
“They started off the blocks very strong last season and we were too late to get into the game. Every defeat is a scar in your heart forever, but we have as well very good memories at Liverpool. We won many games at Liverpool. Even last year, we lost against them, but a week later we won 2-1 at home in the FA Cup.”
The Frenchman is certainly right not to fear a trip to Liverpool at the minute, but the players must also keep in mind what happened last season. After all, it was a painful but valuable lesson for the Gunners to learn. That tactical naivety has also cost us at times this season, most notably against Anderlecht and Man United, but we do finally seem to have learned it.
Do you think it will be a happuer trip to Liverpool for Arsenal this time?