For many, Arsenal's performance against Liverpool drew only memories of the same old Arsenal from one season ago. Arsenal showed a lot of talent and flair in the attack, but lacked both the strength and finishing to penetrate Liverpool's stubborn defense. Defensively Arsenal was competent, although sluggish attempts to clear the ball away from the defensive zone is what allowed Liverpool to take the 1-0 lead, even with one man down.
While it is true that Arsenal dictated the pace for most of the game, fans should still feel lucky to have come away with one point. This is unfortunate, considering that many expected gaining the full three points following Joe Cole's unlikely red card departure. Liverpool fans can be proud of their team and should expect to compete for a top four spot. The same goes for Arsenal, although as the ensuing player ratings indicate, Arsenal may be one position short of winning trophies this season.