Arsenal may have edged Leicester, but Liverpool will be a much tougher test

We got lucky against Leicester but definitely need to up our game at Anfield! by Shenel

As we just about edged past Leicester with a good enough B team on Wednesday it was clear that our team is not yet where it needs to be. Something in which we are fully aware of of course.

I know a lot of the players that featured are not first team starters week in week out, but the majority of them are bench stars who are expected to come come on at points during the game. Although there wasn’t a lot to shout about they still managed to grind out a result and Leno- how I don’t know- managed to keep a clean sheet albeit against a Leicester team that didn’t have Jamie Vardy playing.

If Arteta is using the Carabao Cup as a platform to see which players he can put into the first team then I’m sure he came away on Wednesday just as confused about who to put in, because let’s face it nobody really shined to the point where he could change his mind and include them. Grinding out a result against a less than full strength Leicester side is always a good thing of course, but if any of those players want to play in the first team then they have a lot more work to do!

We know we need to improve and during the Cup games this week teams like Liverpool, Chelsea and Newcastle were scoring 6/7 goals albeit against much weaker opposition but you can’t help thinking if either of those teams played Leicester they would have won by 6 goals rather than just edge past with a 2-0 score line. Especially for a team that had the likes of Pepe upfront!

We now face the tough task of an away trip to Liverpool in the next round as they battered Lincoln 7-2 and they weren’t even at their full strength.

Here’s hoping our boys can produce a better and more comfortable result and get us through against the Reds next Thursday, not leaving it last minute! Gooners?

Shenel Osman

9 Comments

  1. PIRES says:

    Any win is good to boost confidence…

  2. kingandroidx says:

    Against Liverpool. Draw EPL and Win Carabao Match.

  3. gunnerforlife says:

    Chelsea, Liverpool and Newcastle played lesser opposition as compared to Arsenal so they could batter them. A win is a win and that too away to Leicester is a good result. If Arteta’s formation of compactness and the ability to hit on the counter is played to the mark, we could force a draw at Anfield, if not a win. Up the Gunners!

  4. SANKAR BANERJEE says:

    I fully agree with theviews as expressed by the writer of the article.

  5. 343 for Life says:

    Liverpool battered Lincoln 7-2
    And we beat a weaker Licetser only 2 ! Did you ask yourself what the Score might be if that weaker Licester faced Lincoln ?
    I am sure Licester would win by 4 at least .
    My point is stop those stupid Comparison Liverpool ain’t Invincibles we all saw that against Leeds and also dont forget last week when they faced 10 men Chelsea they hardly managed to win 2 thanks to Kiba fot the Gift .

    With Arteta’s defensive 343 and Auba and Laca upfront we are the one to be feared not the way around .
    Chill out we winning this

  6. Howard says:

    Some of you, all that you do is to take down the team. This write up is very demotivating and am only happy that non of the players will read this.

    When we beat Liverpool for the Community Shield they had their full team except Trent-Anold

    We had, Nketia, Saka and Elneny( at the time not considered a regular)

    Pool virtually lost to Leeds in the opening game but saved EPL referee as usual so really I don’t know what you’re talking about.

    Am very confident of a result on Monday at An field but if you’re not then that is your problem

  7. SueP says:

    Personally, I don’t think you can compare the Arsenal result with any of the others mentioned. Newcastle thumped Morecambe and Leicester are a premier league team which made the fixture much more tricky.

    The league and the Carabao Cup are different beasts and Arteta and Klopp will field their strongest teams – obviously.

    As long as the Arsenal team make more of a fist of it than in their tepid performance against WH, we stand a decent chance of coming away with a point.

    1. Sid says:

      Or even a win, who knows?

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