Hey, I know I'm a little late with this one, mainly due to work and my lack of time to write about the match in all its glory (what there was of it), but here it goes.
My first main point is that Arsenal were poor. I've not seen them play that badly in a long, long time.
Yet Liverpool did not take advantage of that. Their youngsters performed the best, i.e. Miquel and Jenkinson in defence, but Carroll and Henderson failed to exploit the holes in the team up front. What should have been three or four in the first half alone was 0-0.
At half time I was puzzled. Liverpool had dominated the game—as they had done against Sunderland in the first half—and had drawn a blank. Arsenal had some chances, but nothing that the Liverpool defence had much trouble with.
On a side note, the defence were fantastic on Saturday. Carragher and Agger worked very well (as they had done against Sunderland), Enrique thoroughly deserved the Man of the Match award and was one of the better attacking players in all honesty.
Martin Kelly made me remember why I thought so much of him last season, because he was nearly perfect at right back. Although Andrei Arshavin had an absolute howler of a game, Kelly was great in attack as well and was easily a close second to Enrique for MOTM.
Back to my argument, it wasn't until the 78th minute when Liverpool finally scored.
Although it was far from the best goal, it was well worked. But it was well worked by Suarez and Meireles, two players who had only just come on. This is where I'm troubled.
From this game, it seems like the team is heavily relying on Suarez to bring the goods. He's been involved in every goal Liverpool have scored (it's only three goals, but he's yet to play a full match) and in the Arsenal game brought freshness to a team who looked out of ideas at the time.
This was against a weakened 10-man team due to Emmanuel Frimpong's sending off.
Arsenal, prior to Liverpool's opener, had their best chance of the game with Robin Van Persie missing from close range, thanks to a great save from Reina.
But it so easily could have ended differently. With Liverpool behind with only 15 minutes left, it could have lost them the game. That was how close it was.
Don't get me wrong—Arsenal were terrible, but they could have snatched it because, a lot like in the Sunderland game, they couldn't finish. Against a better team, or even a better Arsenal/Sunderland, they could easily have lost, they just need that extra push to win matches comfortably.
Let's hope that they can do that this Saturday against Bolton, a team that is far more capable of punishing Liverpool if they can't finish.
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