Liverpool FC 0-2 Arsenal FC : Arsenal’s guns ARE working now….Posted: September 2, 2012
I watched the first half an hour of the Liverpool and Arsenal game. Pretty boring, right upto the 30th min. On 31, the away sides score line changed. The first goal of the new season arrived for Arsenal. Cazorla, at the end of a quick counter-attack slotted a diagonal left pass to Podolski, who took 2 touches to setup and slot beyond Reina.
Liverpool responded positively. Not only did Sterling hit the post but he also got fairly tackled by Mertersacker. The Anfield faithful although took a dim view of the latter. Howard Webb who did not even see it, waived it away. Good guess, lucky guess, call it what you want, he was right.
Liverpool finished the first half strongly. Arsenal finished it with a lead.
On 50, Liverpool had a penalty claim wrongly denied. Mertersacker nudged Suarez from the back as Gerrard fed in a cross into the middle of the box.
18 mins later, it was 0-2. After quick one-two between Podolski and Cazorla on the left, the former Malaga player squeezed a low hard drive itself beyond Reina’s net.
On 82, Giroud should have converted a header to make it three, but his effort went over Reina’s cross bar from point-blank range.
Liverpool’s performance in the first half was indeed better than Arsenal’s. They controlled gameplay, and they started the match better. Arsenal soaked up the pressure, and slowly goaded their way into the game. It was more of a case of I can take all you can get, from an Arsenal point of view. If this was a boxing match, Liverpool would have won the first half on points. If Arsenal would be bruised, Liverpool would have been bust up.
The second half was different. Liverpool played well, but Arsenal landed lethal blows. The knockout punch came with 20 mins left. After that Liverpool could be compared to a blindcat trying to play the piano. Sometimes it sounds nice, but most of the time, its rubbish.
Again, I am happy with the way Arsenal defended. Especially both centre-backs, Vermaelen and Mertersacker. The latter did make a few mistakes, but overall he was better than average. Giroud, however still worries me. In my opinion, he can have all the time in the world, as long as his team keep on winning.