Arsenal registered their first defeat of the 2011/2012 Premier League season with a 2-0 loss at home to Liverpool, signifying that this campaign will not emulate the success of Arsene Wenger's 2003/2004. However, despite the claims and criticism, it was hardly a disgrace for Arsenal, far from it.
The Reds' managed to take the lead 12 minutes from time courtesy of a freak own goal by Aaron Ramsey. It came shortly after Arsenal youngster Emmanuel Frimpong received a second yellow from Martin Atkinson. Luis Suarez then doubled the lead in injury time.
It was a strong Liverpool XI, boasting all of their marquee signings acquired during the Summer that accumulated to over £50 million. Arsenal were without Alexandre Song and Gervinho through suspensions, whilst England internationals Jack Wilshere and Kieran Gibbs, along with Johan Djourou, were absent from injury.
It worsened when key defender Laurent Koscielny succumbed to a back injury and had to be substituted in the 16th minute.
Fans and critics believe Wenger has lost the plot and it is set to be a long season in which the Gunners' will fail to break the top four, even the top six. Others have voiced their opinion that in a week's time Arsenal will be out of the UEFA Champions League and have one point from three EPL encounters.
In truth, Wenger should never have let the situation get to such a point. Captain Cesc Fabregas departing to Barcelona was inevitable yet the Frenchman failed to conquer a replacement. Exciting Spaniard Juan Mata, who was eager to join the Emirates, is now set to secure a move to Chelsea.
Samir Nasri is set to leave, too, and despite an improved transfer budget, Wenger has spent just £25.5 million on OSC Lille striker Gervinho and young winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Furthermore, there is just over a week left in the Summer transfer window.
However, although Arsenal did taste bitter defeat, someone sweet, Bleacher Report, establishes six overwhelming positives for Arsenal from the defeat to Liverpool.