Rosicky Is Arsenal’s Ideal Czech Mate…
Arsenal left Anfield as 3-1 winners after superb goals from Tomas Rosicky and Thierry Henry and excellent tactics from Arsene Wenger.
I predicted 2-1 but Henry ruined it by scoring with 5 minutes to go – but I’m not complaining!
From the start Arsenal look comfortable at a place where Liverpool haven’t lost against domestic competition since Chelsea last season and set their stall out to restrict Liverpool to very few half chances and stand-in keeper Almunia didn’t have a save to make in the first 45 minutes.
Arsene’s got his tactics spot on and Arsenal let Liverpool play in front of them and played on the counter-attack – and on 38 minutes they attacked to devestating effect.
Hleb picked up the ball on the halfway line and played a couple of smart one-two’s with Rosicky and just like the goal that Flamini scored against Chelsea Hleb played a smart ball inside to Rosicky and the Czech hit a first time chip into the top corner.
A simply outstanding goal!
And sensing another chance Arsenal attacked again in numbers 8 minutes later when Henry played the ball into Rosicky outside the area. Rosicky looked to give Henry the return but he was unavailable so he waltz past 5 players and slotted the ball into the bottom corner for his and Arsenal’ second!
With Arsenal leading 2-0 going into the break it was inevitable that Liverpool would put on the pressure and we were on the backfoot for the rest of the game and the home side managed to score with 18 minutes remaining but then King Henry settled the game with a brilliant goal.
Without really being involved in the match for large portions of the evening Henry picked up the ball at the halfway line with 5 minutes on the clock and clipped the ball past final defender Jamie Carragher and the race was on. Carragher managed to get in front of the Arsenal captain but Titi stole the ball from him and charged into the Liverpool area, cutting inside and drove the ball past Dudek for Arsenal’s third.
Another fantastic goal!
Arsenal had surprised everyone and beaten the FA Cup holders 3-1 in their own back yard. Wenger got his team selection spot on and his high-pressure counter attacking game worked to perfection. Liverpool tried and tried to get through the Arsenal rear guard but couldn’t get through until it was too late.
2007 looks like it will be a good year for Arsenal!