Liverpool 3 1 Arsenal: Unai Emery Got it all Wrong


The much anticipated show between Liverpool and Arsenal have now become history. It is one the away side will want to forget as soon as possible to ease the heartbreak suffered seeing their side being ripped apart.

As a Gunner, I'll still confess that I got tired of viewing at a point. With the way things played out, we were so lucky not to have seen a repeat of last season's 5-1 drowning by Jurgen Klopp's men.

Arsenal seemed to have their game plan work for them not until Alexander-Arnold's corner got nodded past Bernd Leno by Matip. This was few minutes to the halftime whistle.

Play resumed then shortly after, the odds went against us. The pulling of Mohamed Salah's shirt by David Luiz at a time when the Egyptian was on the brink of connecting with a Firmino flick made the horn blow. Penalty! The fouled stepped forward to send Leno the wrong direction.

The joint highest goalscorer in the English League last season secured his brace and it was three goals to nil as he sent one low into the corner.

Our only goal was given to us by Lucas Torreira, one of those who started out on the bench.

What exactly went wrong? First of all I will say Unai Emery got it all wrong even before kick-off. I was expecting to see the deadly trio of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe in attack only for the boss to leave out the Frenchman.

I don't really understand that decision. You have a player who is no doubt the most dedicated in your squad when it comes to going forward but chose to leave him put.

This is a player that turns up in both big and small games. Stats don't lie. Since arriving, he has thrived in top notch encounters and it wouldn't have been any different if he had started at Anfield today.

It was more disheartening to see the boss fail to make amends after making a terrible selection error. Waiting that long to make changes was not just okay.

Joe Willock should also have sat out while Dani Ceballos should not have been deployed on the flanks. Last week, he was on fire in his favourite number 10 spot so why not let him retain it in such a massive match?

Lastly, we should not have sat back for most of the game especially after conceding. We invited more pressure with the manner in which we played.

Emery should better not do the same thing he did today when we lock horns with Tottenham Hotspur in the North London derby next week.

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