Arsenal overcome early setback to close on European places

Arsenal have overcome an early setback to steal all three points against Liverpool tonight, in what was a shaky encounter.

The Anfield club were very much on the front-foot, leaving our side looking destined to lose hope of finishing in the European places, but despite taking an early lead, the game didn’t play out as expected.

Sadio Mane opened the scoring inside the opening half-hour, but thanks to a shocking mistake by Virgil Van Dijk, the scores were level before the break.

The Dutch defender tried to pass back to his goalkeeper shortly before the break, only to gift Alexandre Lacazette a one-on-one opportunity against Allison, for the Frenchman to easily round the Brazilian to level the scores.

Just as the sides looked destined to go into the break level, Reiss Nelson pops up with a goal. This time the mistake comes from the uber-consistent Allison, and the turn-around has been completed, leaving our side on course for an unlikely three points.

The second-half was more-or-less played out similarly to the first, although there wasn’t any goals to excite the masses.

Liverpool failed to make amends for their defensive mistakes and ended up walking away from the Emirates without any points, which is all-the-more laughable when you consider this team was once mooted as Invincibles.

Arsenal come away with all three points, and keep on course for a place in the Europa League for next season, although we will still rely on some of our rivals dropping points.

Did we deserve all three points tonight? How funny is it that pundits were touted this team to match our Invincibles campaign of 2004? Will our rivals open the door for a push for the EL?

Patrick

131 Comments

  1. gotanidea says:

    Lacazette’s hardwork, Nelson’s effort, Arteta’s 3-4-1-2 and Liverpool’s lack of effort won the game for us. Mane was a consistent threat from Liverpool’s left wing and he just cost half of Pepe’s price tag, so why can’t Pepe be like him?

    My best Gunners from the match are in the following order: Lacazette, Martinez, Nelson

    1. Wenger91 says:

      Simply, Pepe is not a hard worker, when he loses the ball he doesn’t try hard and we have the ball he doesn’t push forward. MA should have a serious talking with this guy because we are expecting much from him and I believe he still has much to offer.

      1. gotanidea says:

        He keeps losing the ball. His first touches, passes and movements are atrocious as well

        If he could produce like Mane, Salah and the prime Sanchez, he could lose the ball sometimes. The problem is his high inconsistency

      2. Dan kit says:

        Probably because Pepe as been here all of 5 mins .

        1. Stewart Macintosh says:

          it is getting to be a longer time though. I do find it a bit troubling. I wouldn’t toss him aside but it does not look promising. Not yet on the pile with so many of our recent signings, but he is making it pretty easy for the critics so far…

        2. ozziegunner says:

          Exactly right, Dan. It’s Pepe’s first season in the EPL, a much tougher league from where he’s come, and his output in goals and assists for games played has been credible.
          Let’s wait until the end of next season.

          1. Siamois says:

            Ozziegunner you’re wasting your time, these same people have been told times after times about Pepe’s case but they still come up with the same comments,I have myself given up trying to explain it to them!

      3. ZA mind says:

        I have been saying this for some time.
        He makes his defending teammate work double hard and some times look horrible.

        I think he fears for injuries or something.

    2. Gily says:

      Liverpool’s lack of effort? Are you we watched the same game?
      Just give credit to Arsenal for nullifying them and taking all three points.

      1. SueP says:

        It’s true but maybe they were too casual

      2. RSH says:

        Agree. They very clearly cared, but their unbeatable mentality is gone and they are doubting themselves. We frustrated them and captalized on their mistakes. it’s been done to us so many times, and it’s nice to see a change of fortune.

        1. Sue says:

          Just goes to show how good our Invincible team really were!!

          1. RSH says:

            Exactly. A ton of dumb talk about Invincibles being overrated has surely ended. If the accomplishment was so easy, why are no other teams pulling it off. Three losses now for Liverpool. Nothing special.

          2. Sue says:

            Spot on, RSH πŸ‘

          3. ken1945 says:

            Sue, can’t believe I predicted correctly…..that’s nearly as remarkable as the win itself.

            Martinez was exceptional yet again, what a couple of excellent keepers we have and it was so pleasing to see Nelson have such an impact, as it looks as if he’s being the next target for the boo boys.

            Watching MOTD tonight, they covered THAT tackle for about 30 seconds, compared to the coverage that Nketiah received for the exact same tackle – one day someone will really have to start asking serious questions about the different standards applied where our club is concerned…Wrighty had the perfect opportuninty to really highlight the problem, but he just mumbled for the camera, in my opinion.

            Have a great day at work tomorrow, the last laugh is always the sweetest, as we know to our cost on Sunda unfortunately.

          4. ken1945 says:

            Actually RSH, the excuses are already being aired, as the pudits are saying how difficult it is to keep being motivated once the title has been won…excuse me?!
            How many games did we play AFTER sealing the title, where we still remained unbeaten, or doesn’t that count?

          5. Sue says:

            Well done, Ken!! I’m afraid I was still in a mood after Sunday, so predicted defeat! So chuffed I was wrong!
            You’re right, Emi was exceptional. He really has surpassed my expectations and I’m thrilled for him… he’s been with us for so long and deserves recognition!
            I couldn’t believe it when Nelson’s shot hit the back of the net, cool as you like!! The look on Alisson’s face was priceless, may even use it as wallpaper on my phone πŸ˜‚ that will give Reiss a boost, for sure πŸ‘
            I didn’t see MOTD, will download it after work, but all I can say is what a dirty sod TAA is… it was awful… and the inconsistency enrages me.. you can see why they’re at the bottom of the red/yellow cards table! Anything to help their darlings along… I have to say, sometimes Wrighty’s punditry disappoints me…(only sometimes)
            Thanks Ken!! I can’t wait..April 2015 was the last time we beat them… all the grief, laughter, p**s taking I’ve had to deal with in that time, they’re getting hell! First I’ll start with who are ya, then ask Is yours gold? Then invincible, don’t make me laugh! And I may even howl and say that’s for VVD and Alisson!!! πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

          6. Sue says:

            Ken.. one other thing… such a shame no fans were there to see it!! The Emirates would’ve been absolutely rocking!! Next time πŸ™‚

  2. Eddie says:

    Credits to Lacazette and Nelson.
    Lava slowly getting to his old self, Nelson picking up after the first chance he squandered.
    Great job shadow marking upfront.
    He did that very well.
    It’s frustrating to watch Pepe, hopefully this summer sees him resume next season as his former self. Too disappointing.
    Credits to holding too.
    Martinez solid as usual.
    I guess credits to Arteta too?
    I have no complaints.
    Let’s hope we can pull it off on Saturday.

    I still don’t want the Europa league spot thoπŸ˜’πŸ˜’

    1. gotanidea says:

      Martinez is a great ball catcher. Pepe’s playing style is still immature and he should’ve watched how Mane attacked us from Liverpool’s left wing today

    2. kev says:

      You’re wasting your time with Pepe though. He’s no better than Saint-Maximin.

      1. Eddie says:

        All we can is Hope Kev, Hope is the word.
        Hope he goes back to the Pepe we bought who we left at Lille by the wayπŸ˜’

      2. gotanidea says:

        Saint-Maximin looks amazing on his YouTube highlights

        1. Sue says:

          He’s a beast!

        2. mickmematethemasterfarter says:

          so did pepe

      3. Sue says:

        I think impregnating his wife and watching her give birth has really taken it out of him πŸ˜†πŸ˜† Don’t expect anything from him for the foreseeable

        1. kev says:

          🀣

    3. Sid says:

      Yeah me neither. But a cup win would be sweet and a great start for Arteta’s legend at Arsenal!

    4. ZA mind says:

      Laca, Nelson, did well
      This is what mancity and Liverpool have been doing so well, pushing opponents hard when they have the ball in their 18, they either make mistakes, loos ball of hove it in front and loose possession.
      We need the energy of Laca in our frontline.

  3. kev says:

    I’m happy with the win but I can’t help but feel Arteta made things very difficult for himself with his team selection and even substitutions. As critical as I’ve been of Pepe, I felt embarrased for him. He looked totally lost today and its my hope that Arteta plays him only at RW. I guess a win is a win and I do hope Arteta selects the best and balanced team against City. The match itself was terrible but we did what was needed. Laca was MOTM and defense was impressive especially in the 2nd half. Shout out to Holding.

    OT: The sale of AMN would be dumb and be a typical Arsenal move.

    1. Lenohappy says:

      Martinez is man of the match by a mile, I still don’t know why people don’t see how good the boy is.

      1. kev says:

        Said it back in 14/15 that Wenger should be given him a chance. A lot of our played are judged based on sentiments than proper observation. It’s like we expect our youngsters already to be bad. That is why I’ve also stuck by my guns since 17/18 and said AMN was better than Xhaka and Guendouzi and would be starting ahead of them since that time if only he was given his chance

        1. lcebox says:

          I would’ve agreed a few seasons ago but I think it’s to late now his confidence is shot he’s not played in his spot where he likes and Arteta I don’t think wants him.

      2. ZA mind says:

        we should keep this guy permanently as our NO. 1
        Even the goals he has considered were not his fault or some long range strike.

    2. gotanidea says:

      I hope Arsenal could a suitor for Pepe, since he has produced several goals and assists in EPL

      I agree with you on Maitland-Niles. I consider him as the most talented graduate at Arsenal and losing him would be such a waste

      1. kev says:

        The funny thing is that he has all of the kind of qualities Arsenal fans call for in a midfielder. In that Old Trafford performance he showed us that Arsenal lack the type of midfielder who cannot only defend but can also progress the ball quickly into attack. He’s a proper box to box player

        1. ozziegunner says:

          πŸ‘ πŸ‘ Every opportunity he is given he gives his best. A very versatile player, who is in my opinion a far better defender than Bellerin and Kolasinac and good going forward. However Arteta doesn’t appear to share my opinion, for whatever reason and his opinion is what counts, just ask Luis, Mustafi and Kolasinac.

    3. Eddie says:

      I don’t think Arteta made things difficult for himself.
      That was simply the best lineup he could’ve put up, given that a lot of our players needed the rest, and that’s why he made early sub’s also.
      I suppose he sees a chance against City I guess.
      Tough call.
      Also regarding AMN, I like the boy, but if his sale can generate some money. I guess it’ll be wise to let go since he hardly gets to play by the way.
      He reminds me of the Younger Milner

      1. kev says:

        Pepe and Saka were wrongly positioned. Saka can’t deal with Salah. Nelson and Laca should’ve stayed on with Auba coming in for Pepe. Ceballos should also have started ahead of Torreira. Arteta should aldo look at this 3 back very well vbecaye against City we might get dominated badly in midfield. We wasted time to develop Guendouzi when Niles was better. Niles has the kind of qualities we need in a midfielder. That is why Partey is so important

        1. Eddie says:

          Ceballos wasn’t needed.. You do realize he was resting players for the Saturday game right? That’s why even Mustafi wasn’t around today and he started Nelson.
          I was worried about Aubameyang coming on. He wasnt needed

          1. kev says:

            But he’s also trying to qualify for the Europa too and this was Torreira’s first start in a while. I had no problem with the CB’s. Arsenal lacked control on midfield and were giving the ball away. Ceballos compared to Xhaka and Torreira is better at keeping the ball which is why he was needed in such a high pressure game. Auba was needed because Pepe was terrible. It looks like we played with 10 men for most part

          2. ken1945 says:

            It seems that no matter what team Arteta selects, it seems we are playing with ten men!!!
            Why not give the guy a break and just enjoy a very important win, where every player was needed, otherwise Liverpool would have overun us.

            This was Liverpool’s strongest team, we had injuries and suspensions, we have a cup semi final this weekend and we won the game against the runaway champions, it seems with only ten men – good times ahead then!!!!

          3. kev says:

            I’m implying that Pepe was not in the game from the beginning so it looked like we were playing win ten men. Every result is important and Arsenal have to qualify for the Europa league so we need to use our best players relative to the team we face and put them in their proper position too.

        2. Chris says:

          You are also forgetting to mention 2 serious errors made by Holding, especially the one when he gave away the ball while running, trying to start a counter attack for some reason and would have cost us a goal if it was any other day. We cannot ignore mistakes when they don’t lead to goals. Also, am wondering what you expected Pepe to do when at a point they had 90% possession. This was a game where we had to defend for 90 minutes, he covered the space well, no big chances created by an error he made and he made a couple of runs in the second half that bought us precious time. Each game is different and same goes with the manager’s instructions. Also, Niles has great physical capabilities but is Nowhere near what we need for midfield. This boy’s lack of concentration at times, limited positional awareness and overreliance on his speed at times are buffling, you can’t put him in the middle of the park and expect that the other team won’t overrun him. He has a future with us, but only in the Right back/right wing back spot, where I believe he can become a regular starter if he tries hard enough to surpass (if he hasn’t already)bellerin.

          1. Kstix says:

            Then you obviously didn’t watch the game. You probably just checked livescores or something. Pepe had the spirit of ozil in him today. He was very poor even when he had the ball and worse when he didn’t.

          2. Kstix says:

            You’re a really funny analyst Chris. Niles lacks concentration? He’s miles better than bellerin. What are u talking about? It’s obvious you don’t watch arsenal games. The challenge on mane that he made yesterday, unbalanced mane and made him lose that shot. I can guarantee, if it was bellerin, mane would have scored or tested martinez at the very least.

    4. Highbury Hero says:

      I rate Niles very highly.

  4. Uzi Ozil says:

    Finally, we got one over Klopp…

    Also, stopped Liverpool from that 100pts mark..they wanted that record so bad…..

    Teams normally force arsenal in making mistakes. Good to see arsenal forcing teams in making mistakes.

    We were compact, defended decently and got the win… maybe we will see similar approach on Sunday against mancity.

    Welldone boys….

  5. Sid says:

    Huge shoutout to Kev82! Ha predicted early in the season that we would win against Liverpool.

    1. Sue says:

      He also said Watford would beat them!! He’s a right old mystic meg!! πŸ˜„πŸ‘

      1. RSH says:

        My friend also predicted beginning of the season Liverpool would lose to Watford. Was it that obvious or are there psychics among us πŸ˜„

        1. Sue says:

          Haha well I wish I was bloody one of them, it’d save on the heartbreak πŸ˜†πŸ˜†πŸ˜†

    2. Kev82 says:

      Thanks for the recognition Sid πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ haha yeah i certainly did Sue that crystal ball of mine is not for sale πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‚ I never bought into Liverpool going undefeated, There can only be one 😜

      1. Sue says:

        Oh absolutely, Kev!! πŸ˜‰πŸ€©

        1. Sue says:

          Not even to loan? Hahaha!!

          1. Kev82 says:

            I’ll loan it to you next season 😜

          2. Sue says:

            πŸ˜‚

        2. Kev82 says:

          There is a happy Sue tonight πŸ˜‰ happy Sue = happy Coco πŸ˜† you can take your sunglasses off now Sue firmino and Klopp are heading back up north πŸ˜‚

          1. Kev82 says:

            Oh and I do believe Liverpool have only 2 wins at the Emirates in 14 years not so bad is it 😜

          2. Sue says:

            Hahaha yep my eyes are safe! And yes Coco is all good πŸ™‚ bless her!
            Bloody hell, is that all? Just 2? Ooh that ain’t bad at all πŸ˜‰

          3. Kev82 says:

            Yes just the 2 that’s including League cup, FA cup, and champions League so they certainly don’t come to our home turf and leave with smiles on their faces too often πŸ˜‰ I’m getting used to these cashmere sweaters Arteta wears, I might invest in a few myself Sue 😜 all good happy days Sue πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘

          4. Sue says:

            Oh I knew you’d be in for a sweater (or 4 😜) before too long!! Haha!!

          5. Siamois says:

            Truth being told I was bit worried, the usual full of positivity Sue seemed a bit down then again I could be wrong, luckily she is back to her old self now!,,πŸ‘,to be fair it is exhausting to fight all that negativity!

          6. Sue says:

            I was so devastated after Sunday, Siamois, I didn’t have anything good to say about any of them (you may have noticed πŸ˜„). But last night has put a spring back in my step and I even feel like wearing one of my Arsenal shirts after work today haha!! That win has been 5 years (& 3 months, to be exact πŸ˜†) in the making and I intend to savour the moment!! πŸ™‚

      2. Kstix says:

        Oh kev please ask your crystal ball if we’ll pull off the miraculous and beat man City on saturday

  6. Lenohappy says:

    What a keeper Martinez is, that last minute save might be what will take us to the Europa league, arteta will be foolish to just drop Martinez for Leno without no good reason, the boy is good in the air, he can deal with crosses, he can pass the ball and is also a good shotstopper, and he has a good reflex for a big man. That save gave us the 3 points today, I thought that Salah save was going to be the best save of the evening but that last minute save is an out of this world kinda save.

    1. kev says:

      Martinez deserved his chance over Ospina in 14/15 after it was clear he was not better than Szczesny. I was always waiting for Wenger to give him proper chances and if now he’s getting his chance and is performing this well there is no way he should be dropped for Leno just like that. We all feel sorry for Leno but that is how football is. One man’s loss is another’s chance

      1. Lenohappy says:

        Exactly Kev, it will be a foolish decision by the coach to just drop him just like that for Leno, to be honest, each time we played against teams that know how to cross the ball am always scared because Leno is poor in that area but with Martinez is totally different, you can’t say this is his real weakness.

      2. RSH says:

        I agree, Kev. There was a clear period Martinez had matured but he kept getting benched. He’s come such a long way and I wish him the best in the GK competition. When Leno is back, Martinez has forced Mikel to keep him on I think. It would be wrong if we sat him back on the bench when he’s been nothing but exceptional.

    2. Sid says:

      Yeah, he was crucial for the win. We have to Yashin award candidates in our squad, if we get the defense to protect them enough than they will push Ederson and Allyson as the League’s best..

    3. Chuxzzy1 says:

      You have a point buh really Leno has proven himself too so I won’t still blame arteta if he brings back Leno to the first 11..but I suggest he balance the game btw both of them cos seeing anyone on the bench will really hurt me as a fan..they are just too good to sit out

    4. Edii says:

      Lenohappy? Really
      But don’t forget he made a mistake that almost cost us a second goal in the first half. I love the fact that he adjusted after the mistake. Overall, he is very good GK.

      Martinezhappy! πŸ˜‚

      1. Lenohappy says:

        Edii Leno make so many mistakes, if you ask me who had the highest tendency of making mistakes out of the two, it’s definitely Leno with his short passes, people talk about Leno reflexes, but what will you call that last minute save that Martinez made or that save he made against toth, Jose Mourhino called it a fantastic save,Wenger nearly ruined is arsenal career, it was obvious to everyone that we should have used him as second keeper when we bought ospina, am so happy for him, he deserves all the praise he’s getting now.

        1. Edii says:

          Yes, I totally agree with you. He has been fantastic.

          1. RSH says:

            True, every GK has a flaw somewhere i feel tho. I want to see Martinez pull off this form for a long period of time. Completely agree he is much more commanding and assuring in the box. Leno does not give me as much confidence. Martinez undroppable at the moment.

          2. RSH says:

            And also i still give a lot of respect to Leno. More than half this season we have let this poor man face 20+ shots for what felt like every game and he just did the best he could and pulled off a ton of saves he had no right to make.

          3. ozziegunner says:

            Being 6’6″ helps in being “commanding”. Martinez’s form has been outstanding since Leno’s unfortunate injury.
            Having Martinez and Leno in form gives Arteta a good headache with competition for places. Now there are 10 positions to go.

    5. Eddie says:

      Lol…Best thing that can happen is to create a balanced sheet between both.
      Leno was clearly in line for our POTY award if not for his injury.
      He’s been phenomenal, so honestly it’ll be tough.
      It’s like having Neuer and Term Steven.
      It creates headache for the coach.
      If Arteta trusts Leno, it won’t be his fault since Leno has been one of the best in the league with a poor defense.
      Having both Goalkeeper, gives me joy

      1. Lenohappy says:

        Eddie if you are being honest, Leno gives us headache when it comes to crosses and set pieces and in this league you need a keeper who is good with both, but with Martinez it’s totally different.

  7. Sue says:

    Ooh la la…. if only I could go to work now, to see all those scousers!! They’ll keep until the morning πŸ˜‰ Oi oi!!!
    This was really needed after Sunday, I’ve been in a right mood since then… thought we’d get stuffed tonight, so as you can imagine I’m on top of the world!! Feel like screaming from the rooftops!! This win (yes you read that right, win!) has been so long coming… Klopp has a face like a smacked arse, his 2 most expensive signings howled… we scored 2 beauties… and on top of that, it’s my daughter’s birthday today and she’s a City fan, so she’s happy they won’t break the points record (City, you’re welcome!!) What a day!!
    Isn’t it amazing the emotions you go through in a few days…..
    There’ll only be 1 Invincibles team and it ain’t those gobshites….
    Thank you Arsenal, I’m smiling like the Cheshire cat right now….

    1. Sid says:

      See what happened when they targeted our record? Their whole season, except the PL title wrote itself off. When you do meet the scousers, do ask them again, Is your’s gold?πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

      1. Sue says:

        Exactly, Sid! And listening to them all harping on about how they didn’t want to go unbeaten!!! Haha yeah yeah, whatever!!! πŸ˜„
        Oh I will, Sid, it’ll be a pleasure πŸ˜‰πŸ˜†

      2. RSH says:

        Hilarious they think they are better than the Invincibles. They would NEVER lose to Watford. πŸ˜‚

      3. Highbury Hero says:

        🀣🀣🀣🀣

    2. Highbury Hero says:

      Happy to know you are happy. Myself am in a permanent bad mood until we start challenging for the title again. This is the Arsenal not Brighton. Finishing 4th should be considered a bad season for the club of our size but 9th?

      1. Sue says:

        Thanks, HH πŸ™‚ I know, it’s hard to take at times.. but there’s only one way to go..and that’s up!! We’ll get there (although I have no idea when 🀣)

    3. Siamois says:

      Sue you did the right! ,It also shows your maturity,enjoy that win and as you said il it has been “very” long in the making!,πŸ‘COYG!

  8. Goona says:

    Liverpool were so superior when when they wanted to play.We are so far from challenging folks

    1. Paul Blinkhorn says:

      We are all fully aware of that, but I enjoyed the performance. Tierney is excellent. Holding over mustafi everyday of the week. Artetas interview was excellent, I like him and hope we can achieve things with him. There is a noticeable improvement in shape and performance since he took the helm. Anyway after Sunday, enjoy your evenings go ones.

      1. Paul Blinkhorn says:

        Sorry should read before posting! Enjoy your evenings gooners!

  9. RSH says:

    Thank you for showing up, Arsenal players! 99% of the team worked their socks off, and you create your own luck so I will not be complaining about those goals. It’s not a secret I had zero faith going into this game. Thank you for the very delightful surprise!

    1. RSH says:

      Also, Liverpool are cheats and TAA should’ve been sent off for performing the same foul as Nketiah.

      1. Sue says:

        πŸ‘ he’s a dirty sod, so is Mane!

    2. SueP says:

      How many of us did?
      They really did work hard and although it was a battering it was a team effort!! Brilliant!!

    3. gotanidea says:

      I guess the 1% is Pepe? πŸ˜›

      1. Edii says:

        πŸ˜† lol

      2. RSH says:

        up to interpretation πŸ˜‚

  10. Glorious says:

    Whao, we parked the train and it worked. Kudos to everybody involved

    1. Edii says:

      Train πŸš…. Waoh!!!

  11. Kenya 001 says:

    MOTM is Martinez all day ,nice reflexes and kept us in the game. More than 20 shots to him.leno Will have a difficult time when he is fit. Nice completion that Will be

    1. Kenya 001 says:

      Competition

      1. Lenohappy says:

        Kenyan001, am glad am not alone, I don’t know why some are saying Lacazette MOTM, Martinez kept us in the game and he made a very beautiful full stretch save at the last minute, I was watching with a Chelsea fan and he said that is a sure goal if it’s Kepa. And what I like about him is you hardly see him laugh, he’s always looking serious, he knows when to pass short or go long. If we are going to put him on the bench we should just sell him for maybe 20 million .

        1. AY75 says:

          On the same planet where Kepa went for 70m?, we might as well let him run down his contract if 20m is the offer……
          It’s great to finally have two awesome GKs though, I hope Arteta finds a way to ensure that they both get enough game time….. one for league, and the other for cups, and they should both be happy, I guess

          1. ozziegunner says:

            πŸ‘ Why not rotate in the league as well as the Cups to keep them fresh and more time to overcome small injuries/soreness?

  12. Musdon says:

    Arsenal clearly had a plan. Where once they would have played through Arsenal’s press, arsenal scored twice after pressing them into errors.
    Where once they would have pulled arsenal apart in defense and pummelled us, we stood firm and responded to all they had. They hardly forced our goalkeeper into many saves.
    Liverpool have played many toothless games like today’s over the course of the season, but last minute goals, penalties after incessant pressure have always bailed them out. It wasn’t to be today.
    Instead of just seeing the game as one Liverpool lost, it is one arsenal won and didn’t deserve to lose. Arsenal have been pressing teams into errors lately, it can’t just be coincidence. It’s a plan and I’m glad it’s working. Long may it continue

    1. Gily says:

      I am 100% with you Musdone.
      In fact the ref gave Liverpool a lot of undeserved calls to see if he could manoeuvre the result in their favor yet Arsenal stood firm, stuck to the plan by the coach.

      1. ozziegunner says:

        Musdon and Gilly did you look at the number of shots on goal by both teams? Arsenal rode its luck as Arteta agreed, but was on the right side of the result with two well taken chances.

        1. Musdon says:

          Despite the number of shots, how many times was our goalkeeper troubled?

          1. ozziegunner says:

            Musdon, good defending on the whole with Martinez making one great save when fully outstretched pushing the ball wide.

  13. Reggie says:

    Great result, felt a little like a pre season friendly but a win against the champions elect is nice, however. No moaning today and every player gets 10 out of 10 from me, including Ozil, cant be bad.

    1. Edii says:

      Ozil 11 rating from me. πŸ˜†

    2. Sue says:

      Brilliant, Reggie πŸ‘ No moaning from me either, honest hahaha

  14. Adajim says:

    In these 4 crucial games we had 2wins, 1draw (with a red card) and most painful 1loss, it’s not a bad result overall

    1. ozziegunner says:

      Look where we’d be with an additional 8 points. The losses to Brighton and Hove Albion and Spurs are particularly galling.

  15. ThirdManJW says:

    Great win, albeit very lucky, but painful seeing how far behind Liverpool we are. We could barely string 3 passes together the entire match.

  16. Gily says:

    Arteta did say he had a plan on how to win this match. Even though Arsenal was dominated, at the end of the day they came out victorious. Perhaps the whole thing was part of the game plan.
    Yet some so-called fans, moaned and moaned and gave him all sorts of insults. Having got the job done, those insolent moaners yet won’t give him and his team the credit they deserve claiming Liverpool didn’t take the match serious.
    I feel so ashamed of some fans because they are incapable of being pleased. The best they can do is disappear altogether when the results flow in our favor, only to resurface when we stumble.

  17. Kev82 says:

    Very happy to have won the game and yes people will say we rode our luck but we took our chances when they arrived and defended well, this is football, the name of the game is 3 points nobody remembers the losing team having 70% of the ball and 27 shots.. I’ll take more of the same on Saturday night COYG πŸ”΄βšͺ

    1. ozziegunner says:

      πŸ‘ Simple game; getting the ball in the onion bag at the right end more times than the opposition is what counts.

      1. Kev82 says:

        It is absolutely Ozziegunner, it’s just a shame some people will moan that we got outplayed, would they be happier if we had outplayed the opposition and lost ? And of course we have many times.. it’s a nice feeling that we can suffer on the pitch but still find a way to win and I will settle for that right now πŸ‘Š

  18. Ackshay says:

    Well well arteta learned good football from pep but seems he also learned to park the bus from mou last Sunday. Now we need someone to upgrade his substitutions, emery??? πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  19. Sue says:

    We ended their hopes of setting a new PL points record – what a shame 🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣

  20. Sue says:

    Dec 17: Quadruple ❌
    Feb 29: PL Invincibles ❌
    Mar 3: Treble ❌
    Mar 11: League & CL double ❌
    Mar 11: Retain European Cup ❌
    Jul 11: Perfect home record ❌
    Jul 15: 100+ point season ❌

    Boo-hoo! Poor scousers…. 🀣🀣🀣🀣

    1. SueP says:

      What a shocking record!!

  21. Shakir says:

    Emi was superb yesterday,made some extra ordinary saves but he struggled with distribution after the firmino incident but it was definitely a MOTM performance.
    Laca,1 A and 1G and is my MOTM.The first goal showed his class.The second goal showed his experience.

    The best of the defenders for me was tierney,he didnt produce much yesterday(infact we spent so much time on our own half )but his defence,had salah and arnold in his pockets.He is not taking any chances and defends very cleverly.Attitude,do or die.Love his style man just old school.
    The first goal they scored was a luizs mistake in my opinion,if he tracked the run then he shohkd block it but apart from that he was the only guy comfortable with the ball.Holding was good but not that good like against southampton but i dont know when i see him play,i become a bit more confident.
    Xhaka and torreira were good.
    Pepe and saka couldnt do much.
    Cedric and nelson both need to work on their pace

    And some gooners were already moaning before the match so i hope they learnt their lesson.I know that the win was not pretty but its very important to make some momentum,and a win over liverpool ,will take it anyday.And for some who said liverpool didnt even try and arsenal got lucky,just go and look at their lineup and how much of work we had to put to keep them at 1.

    COYG

    1. ozziegunner says:

      If Arsenal sell Tierney they are insane.
      Why can’t Luis, like Mustafi, stay on his feet? Dove in and almost gave Liverpool a goal.

  22. ozziegunner says:

    Congratulations to Liverpool FC for an outstanding EPL Championship season.
    This game and Arsenal’s previous one against Spurs shows the fine margins between winning and losing in the EPL. If a team is not highly focussed they can lose to any other in this league. Mistakes don’t often go unpunished. Who could have expected Van Djik and Allison to make the mistakes they did; yet Lacazette was there and good enough to pounce on both for a goal and assist.
    This is why Arsenal’s Invincible season must be placed in context, for the ability of those players to remain focussed to concentrate and retain the attitude that they refused to be beaten. If it was so easy to accomplish why is it so rare?

    1. Kev82 says:

      πŸ‘πŸ‘

  23. Siamois says:

    I was wondering,are we going to get an article about MA tactics and substitutions today,after last night win?

  24. Declan says:

    It wasn’t pretty but we dug in and got three points. I prefer our attacking style of old but we are in progression, scoring more goals and conceding less goals than under Emery. Arteta is taking us in the right direction and I believe we will progress further and have a far better time next season whoever comes in and whoever leaves.

  25. Tojjolo John says:

    We were solid as a team despite several attacks from Liverpool.I don’t agree that they just let us beat them coz they have already won the tittle but Arsenal did their best. However the Arsenal mgt has to give Arteta money to bring in world class players. For the case of Liverpool, i don’t think they even have the fan base like we have. They won the tittle but here in Uganda things remained normal. I don’t fancy them neither.

  26. gunnerforlife says:

    Great win and morale booster for our semi final game against City. My man of the match was Martinez, a commanding presence in the goal and his stop for Salah’s goal bound shot was excellent. Laca was geat and Nelson did very well under the circumstances. The only disappointment was Pepe but hope he learns soon. Also we shouldn’t let go of AMN, an exceptional player for Arsenal.

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