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Report: Arsenal 0-2 Liverpool (incl. goals)

Result: Arsenal 0-2 Liverpool
Competition: Carabao Cup
Date: 20 January 2020
Venue: Emirates Stadium

Arsenal: Ramsdale, Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, Tierney, Lokonga, Ødegaard, Smith-Rowe, Saka, Martinelli, Lacazette

Subs: Hein, Holding, Alebiosu, Tavares, Partey, Patino, Salah-Eddine, Nketiah, Biereth


Diogo Jota scored a goal in each half to seal a 2-0 victory for Liverpool over Arsenal in the second leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final on Thursday evening.

Klopp’s team had an air of efficiency, rather than outright ruthlessness, as they came out on top against a tired looking Arsenal side who, despite their early onslaught, couldn’t keep a consistent level of performance throughout the game.

Arsenal’s disappointing display was rounded off by Thomas Partey unnecessarily receiving two bookings in the last 5 minutes, making it 14 red cards for the Gunners under Mikel Arteta.

PRE-MATCH

After a week of contreversy surrounding the postponement of the North London Derby on Sunday, Arsenal saw some of their best and brightest return to the squad. Tomiyasu, Smith-Rowe and Ødegaard all returned to the starting line up after missing the first leg.

Thomas Partey, somewhat miraculously, made the bench after touching down in London earlier in the day – thanks to Ghana’s early exit from AFCON.

The most notable absentee was Granit Xhaka, who was suspended after he saw red in the first leg at Anfield.

FIRST HALF

After a brave defensive display at Anfield, Mikel Arteta set his team up to attack, and attack they did. Arsenal laid siege to Liverpool in the opening 5 minutes, capitalising on sloppy Liverpool passes.

Their early enthusiasm yielded a free kick on the edge of the opposition box, which Lacazette deftly clipped onto the bar (helped by the slightest of touches by Kelleher).

Most of Arsenal’s early dominance came down the left-hand side, namely through Martinelli whose tenacity and pace had the better of Alexander-Arnold early on.

However, it was Liverpool who had the ball in the back of the net first when Matip latched onto Fabinho’s header from a corner. But luckily for the home side, it was adjudged offside.

The early warning sign took the sting out of Arsenal, and Jurgen Klopp’s side started putting together the passing combinations we’re so used to seeing. Then 20 minutes in, one such sweeping move ended with Jota getting the better of Tomiyasu and slotting home what looked like a mis-hit shot that wrong footed Ramsdale. 1-0 Liverpool.

Arsenal appeared shell-shocked by the goal and began to sit in, allowing continued Liverpool pressure – as the visitors began to take control of possession and dictate the tempo of the game.

In the last 10 minutes of the first half, the Gunners got hold of the ball and began to rediscover some of the positive play they’d enjoyed in the opening exchanges. But Arteta’s team struggled to breakdown Liverpool, who seemed content to frustrate their opponents. Lacazette cut the most irritated figure when he brought down Curtis Jones, earning himself a yellow card not long before the half-time whistle.

SECOND HALF

Liverpool made a half-time substitution, bringing Konate on to replace Matip. And Lacazette found his way between the new centre-back pairing early on, after a brilliant lofted through ball by Lokonga put him on his way, but Arsenal’s number 9 volleyed over with an effort that could be described as lazy.

On 51 minutes, it was then Liverpool’s turn. Jota cut a ball back to youngster Kaide Gordon, who should’ve made it 2-0 to Liverpool, but fired over the bar from the centre of the 18-yard box.

Tomiyasu became the next Arsenal player to see yellow after a clumsy challenge on Jones. Unsurprisingly, the returning right back looked leggy and lacking match-fitness after his spell on the sidelines.

Following the free kick, Liverpool had the Gunners penned in, and Konate headed onto the post from a corner before Ramsdale made a brilliant reaction save from Henderson’s effort on the rebound.

As the game passed the hour mark, some of the Arsenal players began to look especially tired and their periods of possession appeared more and more laboured. This was epitomised by a sloppy pass by Smith-Rowe that could’ve set Saka on his way.

Mikel Arteta waited until the 73rd minute to make a double substitution, bringing on Partey and Nketiah for Smith-Rowe and Lacazette. An interesting note was seeing Kieran Tierney receiving the captain’s armband as a result.

You can’t go a game without a VAR call these days and it was Diogo Jota who gave the officials a decision to make, when he took a long ball down with his chest and lobbed Ramsdale to score. Although the linesman initially raised his flag, VAR deemed Jota onside and the goal stood as Liverpool extended their lead to 2-0.

The Arsenal players and crowd alike had whatever stuffing was left knocked out of them, and the final 10 minutes were subdued bar a welcome home gift for Thomas Partey, in the shape of a red card.

The Arsenal team will feel deflated after following such a spirited performance last week with a rather limp effort this time around. Let’s hope they respond at Burnley on the weekend as the hunt for the top 4 continues…

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Jack

Partey flew back urgently to win a bet on himself getting a red card didn’t he?

Kostas

He should take a lesson from Fabihno he committed 10 fouls without a sweat for a yellow

John

Nobody in our squad can imitate Fabinho’s 10 fouls without a yellow. You can only do that if you play for a club with as much infantalising media and pundit support as Liverpool (or Spurs)

Daveo

OMG, I turned it off with 5 mins left. 2 games out? Shite, we just keep shooting ourselves in the foot!

Totally outclassed today. We barely mustered an opening. Sigh.

Thierry Bergkamp (Xhaka Out)

1 game ban, I would have thought

Atom

In some ways it just shows the gap we need to cover as that was basically our best 11 against a largely reserve side for them (they’re missing several of their best players)

Russ

I dunno, it’s being investigated

Cj

Guess Harry Styles will be the family’s only trip to Wembley this year!

Brady’s bunch

I wouldn’t bother 😉

Kostas

There are 2 ways to see that.
1. We played with the 2 big team in less than a month and it’s obvious that we closed the gap.
2. We lost the games even if they were without their big names.

Upvkte for the first.
Down vote for the later.

PS
Partey please watch Fabinho s performance today he stoped like 3 counters without getting a yellow.

IamaGoober

I said to my friends back at the start of December that if we want to get top 4 this season, then we have to buy in January. And in my opinion, if they’re not willing to do that this window, then they will 100% blow the best opportunity we have had in the last 5 years to finish in those places. Tonight illustrated how badly we need a proper centre forward, and arguably another centre midfielder. When the game isn’t very transitional we cannot create a goddam thing. Liverpool knew that and just stemmed any opportunities we had in… Read more »

Red-Wing

To be fair to Arteta, Smith-Rowe never looked likely to last the whole match today. His lack of fitness was apparent from the beginning imo.

The changes we made today were really the only ones we could do today. Maybe Tavares as well, though I’m not sure how that would change anything.

IamaGoober

I dont dispute the ESR substitution had to happen, my point was, he should have made changes at half time or earlier in the second half given how abject we had been bar the first 10 minutes. ESR would’ve been fit enough to cause Matip problems for 20 minutes or so who was a complete liability all evening, yet we failed to capitalize on him dropping an absolute stinker at all. And given how much their fullbacks like to push on, we could’ve so easily got at him with ESR’s intelligent runs off the ball. I also don’t think it… Read more »

Thierry Bergkamp (Xhaka Out)

I thought he would make those same changes after 60 mins, thinking surely Partey can manage 30 mins if he’s on the bench.
At the same time I was thinking ESR was having a shocker, and would make it easy for TAA anyway.
Oh well, on to Burnley it is.
WHU v Man Utd and Che v Spurs.
All the doom and gloom might turn to optimism again. A few signings might help too

The Arsenal

Agree with alot of this but for today i dont think Arteta had alot of options. You could tell there were alot of walking wounded if not downright injured players out there. Also dont think the enforced week off done anything for us either. We looked a rusty unfit side.

IamaGoober

Not sure he has that as any sort of defense in my opinion. This Arsenal side are literally playing one game a week. We have played the least amount of games out of all the teams in the top 6 this season.

So yeah — top 4 or bust for me.

GoonerestGooner

The speed of these match reports never ceases to amaze me

Jeremy DG

Such was the predictable nature of the game, the match report was probably ready at half time

evaristus asobara

🤣

Zenithreptile

Why does a red card have to carry over into the league if it’s not violent conduct? Stupid rule.

Daveo

Stupid red card.

Zenithreptile

Almost as stupid as they get

Graeb

Almost straight red.

The Arsenal

Xhaxa was out there in spirit.

SarcasmB0T

He leads by example.

Nainsley Aitland Miles

The first wasn’t a yellow card offence. But the second could have been a straight red.

He only misses one game, which thankfully is at home to the team bottom of the league. Looks like Lokonga/Ode in the middle again against Burnley.

Mentalista

I reckon VAR would’ve ruled for a straight red if he hadn’t been sent off already.

Cyril

Partey red wtf? Maybe the poor lad fancied a breather!

Graeb

Jetlagged, he was so late into tackle

Nainsley Aitland Miles

That tackle was so late he should have taken an earlier flight back to London.

Truther

Bring on Partey after an intercontinental flight today, why don’t you?Masterstroke.

karl

Come on. I know it’s disappointing, but we had a very thin midfield and probably people would complain if he sat on the bench.

Maybe they might expedite a new midfielder now!

Kentish Gooner

I thought it was madness that he came on. Shouldn’t have even been named as a sub. Poor management.

karl

If they don’t bring in a midfielder in this window, it certainly will be madness.

Kentish Gooner

100% agree. And a striker. Else we’re not getting into those top spots.

It was a gamble that didn’t pay off. There weren’t many options on the bench. I highly doubt Patino would have changed the game either to be fair.

ESR’s shinpads

Agreed – if we’d have lost 1-0 with Partey on the bench it would have been “why name him if you’re not going to play him”? Not entirely sure about the merits of playing so soon after that length of journey but the bench wasn’t overflowing with match changing options….

Wengerball

Yea dumb move. Im sure he wanted to be out there but sometimes you have to protect a player from himself

Lanre

Performance to get behind. Work rate was superb. Unto Burnley next. C’mmon you Gunners!!

Sheldon

Did someone forget to cut the grass? Looked really slippery with players falling over the whole game.

Graeb

Us soaking pitch, a la Wenger instructions, is now counter productive as we pass it so slowly

Jimmy

I thought that on Smith-Rowe’s pass, it looked like the grass was long or waterlogged.

ESR’s shinpads

The one for Saka? It was just shite. We need Emile back to his Autumn pomp quickly if we are serious about top 4.

Kostas

You will never see another pass like that from this kid. It’s a promise.

SarcasmB0T

It’s because Liverpool are slippery fuckers.

karl

Fair score. We just ran out of steam once the opening period didn’t bring a goal.

How come so many players were slipping over? It cost us the second goal too.

Jai

We have literally no European football for the first time in years (thanks Arteta for that). The advantage that gives us over our top 4 rivals is incredible, Chelsea literally went from 10th to league winners under Conte with no European football. Arteta is a conman. The difference between Spurs and us is in coaching ability, nothing else. We shit on Spurs but they’re above us now, so what does that say about Arteta? We have no discipline either, 14 red cards under Arteta – that is absolutely shocking. No reason at all to renew Arteta’s contract. What exactly has… Read more »

Spudgun68

Conte? Ex Chelsea now soon to be ex Tottenscum? I would only touch him with a plutonium contaminated lightning rod. Yesterday’s win over Leicester was a Hail Mary which comes around of once ever 7,5 seasons. If anyone is a con it’s Conte. We are trying to create something genuine.

And are you seriously comparing this Arsenal team to the 2016 Chelsea team? We tried two of those players. Didn’t really work out.

Kostas

It is hard to identify sarcasm on the inet.
Nonetheless Conte should be considered better coach than arteta.
Chelsea 2016 or most versions the last decade should be considered better than the Arsenal’ 2021.
…and after disagreeing with your arguments I will agree with your bottom line
I am excited with our team.
No sarcasm.

Spudgun68

Of course Conte should be considered a better coach/manager. He’s won several titles og has 15 years experience. Still don’t think he would be the right coach/manager to oversee the project we have at Arsenal.

Reiss Neverseen & the DicTeta

*Correction.

Arteta is a coneman. Pep’s coneman to be precise. Conmen require tact and nous. Two qualities, Mikel just hasn’t mastered yet.

I agree with your point. Coaching IS what will turn this side to a Champions League squad not spending another £250mil in the space of a year on transfers.

The latter is just an expensive way of avoiding the elephant in the roon

Ozzie

Thomas is a liability, his lack of discipline threw his teammates under the bus.

PeteyB

We were already done, but a dumb challenge no doubt. Almost as if his decision making was a fraction off after not getting enough rest.

karl

He was unlucky with the first one. I’ve seen them not given.

11 Bukayos

They’re not given to Fabinho, that’s for sure.

Man Manny

Sarcasm, I guess.

Qwaliteee

You have a poor memory, my friend.

On New Year’s Day, he bossed City’s midfield for the best part of the game. Give the guy a break.

If it’s liabilities you’re after, then look no further than the Swiss Frank Spencer.

Thierry Bergkamp (Xhaka Out)

I see what you’re doing

The Arsenal

He tried…I nearly bit.

Thierry Bergkamp (Xhaka Out)

Even though I knew, I still wanted to bite 🤐

Spudgun68

I get it: If this was Xhaka … nice one.

Merlin’s Panini

Expected the result but what the fuck does Partey think he’s doing there? So late on with the game gone there is absolutely no need to risk getting a ban. Idiotic.

SarcasmB0T

It’s well-known that Xhaka sets the standard in training.

Jeremy DG

Whimper. At least they won the ‘we were brave at anfield trophy’. Totally bossed by a Liverpool side (who also had a 17 year old playing). Klopp recognised early that if you nullify martinelli and saka Arsenal won’t score. He completely bossed MA today tactically. They literally had four players on them at times. Nice of TP to get our obligatory stupid red card. Wonder who it will be at Burnley? I was never confident today after what happened with spuds and manure earlier this week. We either have fantastic weeks or dreadful weeks. There seems to be no middle… Read more »

Alex

It usually takes 4 world class attacking players to win the league. If you have that you can stick your tactics up your arse. You can’t cover everyone. We don’t have that.

Doghouse

Good analysis DG, another step backwards, let’s face it 1st game at Anfield pool had an off night & today we were well beaten, not having their 2 best players result could of been a lot worse, was like they had an extra player on the pitch most of the game which had no baring on our £50 mil signing getting his marching orders who’s been a disaster for both club & country.. the gulf between us and them is huge time to get rid of Miki in the summer & install that Potter bloke from Brighton at least he… Read more »

ESR’s shinpads

Potter? Have a word with yourself.

SarcasmB0T

Potter’s Brighton thoroughly outclassed Arteta’s Arsenal earlier this season, despite missing their best player and having a much worse squad.

Potter is the manager we all wish Arteta can one day become.

Aussie Gooner

What’s the point of Nketiah?

Jeremy DG

Whatever his purpose in life, it’s not football related

Harib

Complete waste of space but it just goes to show how rubbish our bench is. Such a shame that we didn’t score early on be a different game

Bleeding gums murphy

If Arteta is serious about wanting him to stay and he signs new contract as no one of any worth come in for him, it’s very worrying indeed.

Kentish Gooner

No idea why he’s getting the game time when he’s decided to leave. Absolute madness. I’d rather be playing some under-18’s striker than him. Very counterproductive.

David C

his first touch is so terrible. I really miss Giroud. We haven’t had a forward that can head a ball since he left.

Qwaliteee

Now that’s a great shout.

I can’t remember the last time we scored with a header that was the fruits of a corner – anyone out there care to enlighten me….?

Goonshow

And we coulda had HFB back for ONE million quid! Plus Edouard for another 19. So two decent forward options for 20m…

Jai

We’ve signed next to no attackers since Arteta has been here. Spent hundreds of millions mostly on defenders – what has that achieved us?

We do everything without a plan. Sick of watching the same nonsense every season

Kostas

We are all devastated by the result.
But…
Well we didn’t need attackers 2 years ago. We have just bought 2 that costed more than 100 mil.
We spend more wisely and there is a progress.

SarcasmB0T

I have no idea what you mean by “2 years ago” – I mean, you’re right. We also didn’t need attackers during The Invincibles season, but that’s hardly relevant, is it? It was clear we needed an attacker in the summer. We didn’t buy one. There has been progress, but there has also been a dearth of quality up front. And just to be clear, Auba and Laca’s ages are public knowledge. I assume Arsenal’s hi-tech scouting department was more than capable of running a full-spectrum analysis that would discover that during the 2021-22 season, they would respectively be 32… Read more »

Nainsley Aitland Miles

It’s achieved a shot at 4th this season instead of finishing 8th again.

SarcasmB0T

Funny how Emery getting 5th was seen as a huge failure, but Mikel marginally improving on 8th is seen as a success – and that’s with a better squad, about 200 million in signings – not to mention without Mustafi.

loose_cannon

Really deflating performance that, in the spirit of infinite compassion I will chalk that down to a lack of match fitness, but their first goal seemed to just sap all our energy and belief bar Martinelli and Odegaard. ESR and Tomiyasu clearly not yet ready for a game like this. Subbing Laca for Eddie really underlines how badly we need a striker to still make something of this season.

Paulo

Underated player Jota.

Very fortunate we didn’t face Salah and Mane too, it would have been alot heavier than 2-0 over 2 legs.

Don Cazorleone

All three can fuck off

Kentish Gooner

Wish I could upvote this numerous times.

loose_cannon

Curtis Jones made a big difference for them today as well, compared to the sclerotic James Milner we faced at Anfield.

Naked Cygan

What is the logic of taking out your main striker off when you are 1-0 in a cup game? and just like that, we are out of two cup games…..

Graeb

Laca was out of legs and we had to change something, anything. The problem is that were relying on a CF who doesn’t get into the box now and have no real options.

Thierry Bergkamp (Xhaka Out)

Laca isn’t really a striker though, is he?
That miss early in the 2nd half shows why he’s never scored 20 goals in a season

The Arsenal

People want him to be given a 2 year deal.

Thierry Bergkamp (Xhaka Out)

Utter madness

Qwaliteee

There was recently a diving header chance (Anfield?) that he just couldn’t be bothered with. On the commentary, Smudger quite rightly said “If he throws himself at that, it’s in the back of the net.”

Laca is a forward, but not a striker.

Qwaliteee

The diving header chance was against Forest in FAC 3rd Rd.

Fatgooner

Let’s be honest: we were toothless over both legs. We didn’t score a goal in either game and never looked like we would. Liverpool comfortably contained us tonight and only needed to nick a goal to win the tie.

The attack is the absolute priority now: we probably need to sign THREE strikers before the start of next season.

Well done Partey for coming on and getting sent off: your suspensions are just what we needed with important games coming up.

StockholmGooner

He\ll be suspended for a game.

And we should still beat Burnley without him.

TeeCee

Hopefully we’ll get Only Burnley rather than Burnley.

The Arsenal

Auba, Laca and Eddie all need replacing. Maybe that’s why he is trying so hard to hold onto Eddie. I think we can afford two but three at once might be too much.

Jai

We have literally no European football for the first time in years (thanks Arteta for that). The advantage that gives us over our top 4 rivals is incredible, Chelsea literally went from 10th to league winners under Conte with no European football.

Arteta is a conman. Spurs are above us too with a game in hand – what does that say about Arteta?

Conte was the man to get. We all know it.

14 red cards in 2 years too, laughable management

Goonshow

This comment was pants the first time you posted it mate. Now it really smells!

Eddy F

Liverpool were the better team. We couldn’t live with them for 90 minutes. We did for short periods only. The players look knackered, even with a week off. ESR was clearly not fully fit, and Odegaard needs to play further forwards with a good double pivot behind him. Also our build-up positioning needs looking at. Why did Lacazette feel the need to go so far right? It means we vacate the middle. This allows the defenders to push up and the midfield to push up to make their press more effective. The striker needs to stay as a striker, not… Read more »

gOD

😂…Arsenal and disappointment are an item, same silly mistakes made in the Europa cup. Don’t understand the use of Odegaard and ESR together, both of them are too lazy and easy to dispossess off the ball. Then we got a kid playing 4. We seem not to be able to win a top 4 side, with players showing lack of discipline. Arteta needs to change members of the back room staff. Don’t understand why it’s taking us forever to sign a single player. We are short in midfield and they didn’t think it’s was urgent to get someone as quickly… Read more »

Thierry Bergkamp (Xhaka Out)

Odegaard easy to dispossess?
What were you watching? Odegaard had a good game and kept the ball excellently in tight areas. The problem with him was that he was being played too deep

Jeremy DG

It’s fair to say we’ve closed the gap a bit but we are still light years off Liverpool and City. Then again, so is everybody else

Qwaliteee

Given our performances on New Years Day and up at Anfield, I wouldn’t say it was light years. A moon’s distance maybe, but not light years.

Ealing

We have 18 matches left and need to get another 35 points for champions league. That means scoring goals. We need a striker and we can do this.

Don Cazorleone

We also need a proper and reliable midfield.

Kentish Gooner

That was dire. We need a striker and a CM ASAP. Otherwise we’re not getting in that top four.

Nainsley Aitland Miles

Hard luck. You could tell Tomiyasu, Odegaard, ESR were not 100% fit.

Lokonga was fine but we really missed Xhaka and Partey in the middle.

18 Premier League games left this season. Let’s have a real go at 4th. We’ll need at least 10 wins.

StockholmGooner

We missed Xhaka because XHaka did a xhaka.

TeeCee

That’s the problem. We’re usually better when he’s playing, which forces us to play him, but he’s like football’s version of Russian roulette and every game he plays we have to pull the trigger.

Kostas

In general we miss a Xhaka that’s doesn’t Xhaka.

Ozzie

You’re right, tiredness did look an issue. In the attacking third lots of off-the-ball runs looked hesitant – that’s what happens when you’re knackered.
I think we’d have lost tonight even with fresh players though.

Man Manny

As painful as it is for me to write this, that was a Klopp masterclass. Arteta has just had a 90 minute lecture on counter attack football. Meanwhile, if there was a contract on the table for Lacazette, it should be gone by morning: the guy is no longer useful in top level football. Lokonga may come good tomorrow, but for now, he is Championship level at best. Martinelli and Saka are the only two players who left that pitch with their rating intact. Lot of work still for Arteta and Edu before we can think of matching the top… Read more »

Kostas

Good points.
On the other hand we knew we are top 4 in the beginning of the season and now we are in the mix.
Let’s see how it plays out!!!

MGRD

That’s ridiculous, Lokonga played brilliant but you need more support in that area which he didn’t get from a 10 next to him, and lacazette is brilliant but at his age you can’t play him every game and you can see he’s instructed to drop into midfield and allow our wingers to be inside forwards, we got beat because of tactics and Unfit players.

Cyril

Thursday night football eh? Never liked it.

Vieraera

2 slips and 2 goals against us. Fortuitous. We move forward. The real challenge now is getting whatever personnel we have match-fit for Burnley. Sad for Partey. It’s been a horrible week for him. Needless red card tho.

Deano

Just not up to their standard. We really need a top striker, probably two to be honest.

Qwaliteee

Central midfield needs top drawer signings too and Xhaka, Elneny and Co moved on.

The Arsenal

Three even.

Qwaliteee

Tonight showed we are still very much a work in progress. Not going to start laying into the lads because it was clear from the start that a number of them were struggling with fitness issues – we were individually and collectively a yard off the pace all night. The gaping holes in the middle of the park prove beyond all doubt now that we clearly require one, if not two top drawer central midfielders, as well as a top drawer striker. They have to be our summer targets. All hands to the pump for a top four push, but… Read more »

11 Bukayos

Not sure why this is getting the downvotes. It’s spot on.

The Arsenal

As soon as Tomi got left for dead by Jota i knew it was over. Two CMS and TWO Strikers is a must.

Qwaliteee

I make you right.

It’s going to take another massive influx of cash from the owners. You’re easily looking north of £150 – £200m for the quality we need.

Let’s hope that last summer’s unexpected splurge wasn’t a one-off.

jon

I want to forget this game.

Des

You could easily tell having all that time off and Liverpool playing regularly they were much sharper than us, it pays to play regularly than having too much time off. The league game against Liverpool at home will be a better indicator of how far this team has developed.

Kentish Gooner

I think people are missing the point with Liverpool. Most of their players have been playing together in a successful team for about five years – have won the CL, league, etc.

Our players haven’t even had a season. We still need to add players.

Yes, we were dogshit, but we need time. And we definitely need a striker and midfielder.

SarcasmB0T

… and once we add those players, we’ll then be able to make the excuse that THEY haven’t played with the others for long, either.

Brilliant.

Jeremy DG

Oh and there’s the inevitable pile on from idiot pundits and opposition fans I predicted! Cheating Arsenal get their comeuppance. Conveniently ignoring what Liverpool did in the first leg of course. Cretins

Fireman Sam

Just ignore the pundits – washed up grumpy chip on the shoulder twat faced has-beens

Thierry Bergkamp (Xhaka Out)

Why would you listen to those idiots?

Jeremy

Trying not to. It’s like a mosquito in the room.

Spudgun68

Collectively we didn’t show up tonight. Only two players, Martinelli and maybe Ødegaard, can take anything from this game. Tommi had a stinker. BW wasn’t much better. Saka tried but found it hard. ESR was invisible. And don’t get me started om Partey. The rest were bellow par without sticking out. I still think that we are on the right track though. Even if I’m not especially looking forward to meeting Burnley on Sunday.

laudgunner

Lokonga is weird player. I bet some players at the U23 can do a better job. ESR doesn’t seem to too concerned with his movement. Arteta needs to get his man management skills right or even with Vlahovic, we would still be Sh*t. We are too inconsistent.

Fatgooner

It needs to be said that both Tomi and Ramsdale we poor for the first Liverpool goal. Tomi had to show Jota the outside and Ramsdale wrong-footed himself causing him to let in a soft shot.

Ozzie

Tommy was showing him outside, that’s why he got nutmegged. Jota was really clever getting him side-on, but facing him Square he couldn’t have done it.
Ramsdale had to guess percentages because he was unsighted. He guessed wrong so his weight was on the other foot.

Fatgooner

He didn’t have to guess. He could have just stood and waited for the shot. It was really disappointing to see a weak, central shot crawl in like that.

UP North

What concern me the most is that I`m still not convinced that MA can lift us the final steps toward fighting for top 3. The team is talented and has normally a lot of spirit, but if we see at the details we do the same errors over and over again. Typical hos we sloss down the play when recieving the ball, bad offensive marking ( what happens if we lose the ball) etc . Most of those can be corrected by good coaches at the training ground, we dont .
And the lack of discipline is embarrasing.

SarcasmB0T

Arteta needs his entire first team fit and available every time.

He hasn’t shown the ability to adapt.

Mentalista

Suddenly after that second goal it feels Xhaka’s choice to stop Jota wasn’t the worst possible decision after all… If Liverpool go up early it’s game over.

Hantal

Derriere was mentioned twice in the commentaRy for the second goal

Mick

We’re at home to Burnley aren’t we? not there so hope to see a quick bounce-back

VAgooner

I missed the game live, and actually saw this write-up before getting to go back and watch, and I have to say…I don’t think we were as bad as everyone seems to say we were. We were on the front foot the entire game, despite the odds being against us. Martinelli looks like a superstar in the making, he made the “best right back in England” look like a chump for 90 minutes, and Odegaard is really coming into his own as an Ozil-esque playmaker. Don’t know what Sambi has done to piss Arteta off, but he deserves a lot… Read more »

Peter

Poor performance didn’t perform on the night saka not on firm l do not know why they mess around from goalkeeper to defense and back and forward, absolutely stupid l would of kept smith-Rowe on for sure

Santori

Arsenal fans never learn.

This can be seen coming from a mile. Pair a rookie manager with an equally wet behind the ear DoF who both think they know better.

Neglect to add the depth needed in a key area last summer.

Here we are. People bleating about Top four being the new trophy.

Wenger Out they said.

Xhaka is a liability never mind Partey also got himself a shiny red today.

Elusion. Delusion. Decisively eliminated from in all fairneaa a mickey mouse cup.

How far standards and expectations have fallen.

Schadenfreude.

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