So much anticipation and excitement and what a let down it turned out to be.
In the first half, Liverpool dominated and while we did have a gilt-edged chance through Pepe no one can argue that Arsenal deserved to be losing 1-0 at the end of the half.
Far too much space was given to the Liverpool wing-backs and that looked to be a deliberate ploy, why? I do not know.
Guendouzi had a habit of heading the ball to the opposition, Ceballos was anonymous apart from gifting the ball to Liverpool with a suicidal clearance across the penalty area, Xhaka showed zero ambition going forward, Maitland-Niles struggled to keep ahold of the ball and more than once Luis lost his position.
Aubameyang, Willock and Pepe did show some ambition when they got the ball but that was rare and they lacked support from the midfield, in fact, I nearly called the Police to report the midfield missing.
It was a depressing negative first half, Liverpool had so much freedom they must have felt like it was Christmas.
Pepe should have scored, when you play teams like Liverpool and Man City at their ground you simply must take the chances presented to you otherwise, you cannot be surprised if you get nothing from the game.
The second half was more of the same and just a few minutes in David Luiz decides to have a mental breakdown and gift Liverpool a penalty for a pull on Salah who then easily converted the penalty.
What did I say earlier about being clinical? Aubameyang got a clear chance on the 50th minute, hesitated and got tackled. You have to take these chances it is as simple as that.
On the 58th minute, Salah made it 3-0, he turned David Luiz like he was not there and just ran at the goal finishing off in fine style.
For the last 20 minutes or so Liverpool took their feet off the gas and it made no real difference, Arsenal saw more of the ball and did get a consolation through Torreira in the 85th minute to make the score more respectable.
This game was men v boys and the gulf between Liverpool and Arsenal is still as big as it was last season.
What makes this result worse than the actual scoreline was the manner of the defeat, there was no fight, no ambition, no commitment, in better words, same old Arsenal.