It’s been a difficult couple of weeks for Arsenal – with the West Ham debacle and draws against Everton and CSKA Moscow. But Arsenal beat another one of their ‘top 4’ rivals with a convincing display against a Liverpool team who look lost away from home.
Arsenal controlled the game for most of the 90 minutes and 3 unlikely goalscorers – Flamini, Toure and Gallas gave the Gunners a well deserved win.
We may have dropped points against teams like Everton, Villa, Boro and West Ham but winning against teams like Liverpool and Manchester United will prove to be vital if Arsenal are to make a realistic challenge for the Premiership this season.
It threatened to be one of those days with Arsenal, having much of the ball but no end product – until Flamini finished off a typical Arsenal goal created by Hleb and Fabregas. The release of frustration was for all to see once the opening goal went in as Flamini ran into the crowd (and got a booking in the process) and Thierry smashed the ball into the air and went beserk.
Finally the goals were coming.
The second half was all Arsenal and the awesome Kolo Toure ran through the centre and finished off a smart through-ball from Van Persie who finally looks like he’s settled into this Arsenal team.
Then with 10 minutes remaining Gallas took full advantage of Liverpool’s famous ‘zonal defending’ from set pieces and headed in the third from only 6 yards out.
The partnership of Toure and Gallas in the middle looks fantastic and the post-match interview showed the bond these two talented individuals have.
Is there a better defensive partnership?
Eboue had a brilliant game, making run after run down the right and Clichy on the left was exactly the same. If these two plus Kolo and Gallas can stay away from injury this season then Arsenal will have a great season.
Gilberto once again had a great game and stopped many Liverpool attacks with his interceptions and positioning.
Fabregas looked a little off the pace today – maybe it was playing with the more defensive Flamini as opposed to Rosicky or Freddie in the middle or maybe it was the number of games without a rest.
Henry looked more up for the game than he did against West Ham and made some decent openings and did well for a guy playing upfront on his own.
Today Arsenal just about got themselves back into the Premiership race and made sure Liverpool are now totally out of it. Arsenal just have to make sure they reach similar consistancy levels of Chelski and Man United and ensure it will be tight at the top.
Arsenal faced a must-win game against Liverpool and passed with flying colours!