This game was a great depiction of the saying ” A game of two halves”. Liverpool smashed Bournemouth 4-0 in their last game and were looking to carry on their scoring form. An unconvincing win from arsenal last week, made me extremely nervous about this game. There was a lot on the line as a win would have put us above Liverpool and back into the top 4.
The first 20 minutes of this game were frustrating to say the least. We gave Liverpool too much time on the ball and were not ruthless on the attack. The arsenal defence and midfield sat back as though they were scared of the Liverpool front 4. In the 26th minute Coutinho headed the ball over Cech and gave Liverpool the lead. The defending was abysmal and this was just more proof that we are hugely in need of a defensive revamp. Liverpool continued to dominate the first half, with Salah missing a few good chances. Arsenal were lucky to only be down by one at the break.
After half time it seemed as though the game was going to follow the same script as the first half. In the 52nd minute Salah slotted the ball into our net after the ball took a slight deflection off Mustafi’s leg. One minute later an under performing Alexis Sanchez got his head on the end of Bellerin’s cross to make it 2-1. This goal seemed to wake us up and we continued to pile the pressure on. Three minutes after the Alexis goal, Xhaka took a long ranged shot that should have been saved, but Mignolet messed it up and we made it 2-2. Only two minutes after the Mignolet disaster, we were on the attack again. A great back-heel pass from Lacazette went perfectly to Ozil, who chipped the ball into the net.
After our third goal the game opened up again for Liverpool and they had a few chances. We managed to hold out until the 72nd minute when Cech attempted to make a save but the ball managed to go into the net. Both teams continued to attack and try and find a winner but the attempts led to nothing.
If you would have offered me a point at 2 goals down i would have bitten your hand off, but i feel as though we should have won the game and with a better goalkeeper we would have. Its not the result that we all hoped for but at least we didn’t lose. A positive we can take from this is that Jack wilshire seems to be back to his best. Lets hope he can stay fit.
Have a good Christmas. 😀