Both Arsenal and Liverpool went into yesterday’s game on a high - Arsenal after they battered Spurs in dramatic fashion and Liverpool, who had just managed to beat the 6th place team in the Championship on penalties.
I jest, because we didn’t exactly light up last years Carling Cup final.
But onto the match yesterday. Overall, Liverpool dominated possession but the bottom line was that they can’t score goals. Alan Hansen commented on last nights Match of the Day that Liverpool are the 6th worst team in the entire league when it comes to scoring goals. And my friend who is massive Liverpool fan, is less than convinced about the genius of “King Kenny”.
Liverpool “deservedly” took the lead, but that came from an own goal from Koscielny.
I put “deservedly” in inverted commas because it doesn’t matter how much possession you have (and Arsenal fans should know this better than anyone) if you don’t stick the ball in the net then you won’t get results. And that man Van Persie knows exactly how to do that.
Liverpool are toothless in front of goal. They had a penalty, and not just that, they had two bites at the cherry. But what happened? They didn’t score.
Andy Carroll is a joke, Suarez is a cheat and a disgrace to the game, Kuyt runs around a lot and they are full of players that were vastly over-priced, such as Henderson and Downing.
People criticise Arsene Wenger for not splashing the cash in the transfer windows - but surely Liverpool are an example that money can easily be pissed away on complete rubbish.
Liverpool fans can feel aggrieved all they like, it’s not our fault they can’t score goals is it?
There’s no doubt that Szczesny was outstanding, and on the balance of play should have won the Man of the Match award. Van Persie was just special yet again. When it mattered, he delivered. That’s 31 goals already now this season, and with his form he should be considered for the FIFA World Player of the Year Award. But it will go to Messi or Ronaldo as usual.
When you think about the players who can turn it on on a cold, wet day at Stoke, Van Persie is the man that can!
There’s no shame in being second best in a football match, and it’s a positive sign that when you haven’t played particularly well that you still take home all 3 points. We’ve had a lot of bad luck in games this season, so to ride our luck (and produce a moment of genius) is the least we deserve.
With the win at Anfield, Chelsea’s slip at West Brom and Tottenham’s game with Manchester United coming up, it could just be the perfect weekend for Arsenal.
“He scores when he wants, he scores when he waaaaaaants, Robin Van Persie, he scores when he wants!”