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Liverpool Away , No Problem.

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Good day one and all.
The Premier League clash of the weekend sees Liverpool host Arsenal at their Anfield Stadium in what could turn out being a cracker of a match.
Both teams come into this game on the back of two wins from their opening fixtures. Despite neither side looking in particular good nick, getting two from two is nothing to scoff at – the other 18 PL sides would take that in a heartbeat. The caveat however has always been that today’s game will be the yardstick.
Playing the European champions on their own patch would be a challenging task though, for any side – god knows we had our struggles there longer than we care to remember. Our last three visits alone saw us getting smashed by an aggregate score of 12-2. However, we did a bit of freshening up over the summer. So if we put on an encouraging performance and take points off of the Reds, our players and even the sceptics could feel hopeful that this particular *away match* may lead us to turning a corner – another heavy defeat, well, the rest of the season may be like déjà vu.
The Reds are currently on a 24 game unbeaten run at home in all competitions, that includes winning their last eight PL games on the bounce. They have scored 19 goals in their last six at Anfield (all competitions). So we may have to adopt an initial watchful approach to try negate their free-flowing attack play.
There are the lingering questions about our defense though. Can we defend deep, can we too be well-organized and tough to break down? Do we have the needed pragmatism to make Liverpool doubt themselves? This may be a cause for concern and deciding factor in whether to stick of twist.
Can Arsenal’s summer recruits rise to the occasion?
In recent trips up north in pursuit to go toe-to-toe with Jurgen Klopp’s side, we became unstuck by their gegenpressing. David Luiz, who was brought in specifically for his experience to tighten up our defense, will need to show that he can indeed provide the mettle needed for these fixtures. Both him and Sokratis can expect a busy evening, so they will have to hold their conjoint nerve to follow the game attentively, instead of rushing into things.
Dani Ceballos is a player I’m excited about. Okay, the hype around him is a bit extra and some use it to malign other players but that is not his doing. He’s still rough on the edges but did excel in his first start last weekend. He knows how to nick a ball in midfield and do have an eye for a pass. With more game time he’ll learn to release the ball a bit earlier, which would be something given the quality we have up top.
Our record signing Nicolas Pépé is here and is expected to make his first start. The glimpses we caught in his two cameos got our attention and it looks like we got ourselves a special un here. A front three of him, Lacazette and Aubameyang being served up for special days like these is what I’m here for. It’s long overdue that managers from the top-six clubs ahead of games against us think to themselves: “that Arsenal front three can cause us real problems”. You have to get the ball to them though. So hopefully Dani and Xhaka, who is back fit, can get on the ball comfortably to make those threaded passes to give our attacking threats enough space and service. I sure hope Unai Emery start those three together.
It’s been a while since the Anfield faithful saw their team lose at home – not since 23 April 2017. If we want to end their unbeaten run it will take a collective effort from back to front. We are in high spirits and I can’t see us going there to roll over.
Turn in a professional performance and leave it all out out there on the pitch… and we can all look forward to the rest of the season with renewed optimism.
@LaboGoon

102 comments on “Liverpool Away , No Problem.

  1. Well that was quite dumb

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  2. fucking mustafi with stupid defending and its a penalty, oh sorry Mustafi not in squad, unlucky from David Luiz that his shirt pull was seen

    2-0 to liverpool

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  3. Phew. Nice work Leno.

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  4. I will say Pepe seems like he is going to be a top player for us

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  5. whats with all the scallie booing. Tools.

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  6. well fuck me, we were on a good quick attack, and for some reason we slowed it way down, passed around their area, and then ended up going all the way back to Leno,

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  7. Laca should be in the team. I thought we had the team to go for it now. Instead of trying not to lose, we would go for the win.

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  8. Good night Arsenal. Shag.

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  9. more shite defending from mustafi and its 3-0, I mean David Luiz

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  10. Torreira brougth on, not sure who went off

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  11. Not sure why people were hyped about the former Chelsea man.

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  12. Ceballos went off.

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  13. paul was Ceballos playing today

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  14. Ed, don’t know what to say my friend.

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  15. I’m really trying to give Emery a chance but I just can’t warm up to him. I am convinced Arsenal have made a huge mistake here.

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  16. Steww, your comment was a sight for sore eyes. J

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  17. Torreira pulls one back, Aubameyang set him up, but he air shot and ball somehow stayed with him and he fired home at the second attempt

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  18. FT: Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal

    Torreira with our goal.

    Set up to play on the break, poor defending and poor finishing undid us big time.
    Conceded the midfield area, once they scored first it never looked like we could get anything from the game.

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  19. Best bit of the game was super sub Stew turning up.
    Hope we play better against the Chickens…

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  20. Emery on Monreal: “He made a very big match, he’s a big professional for us. We need to speak in the next days. In Europe the transfer window isn’t finished. We are going to speak about all the possibilities.”

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  21. I don’t put it past the geniuses in the new regime to sell Monreal, currently our most experienced player and the one fit left back available. These are the same clowns who let Ramsey leave on a free. Don Raul at work indeed with Josh Kroenke’s pr to help out.

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  22. Welcome back Steww. Happy you are well enough and confident to go public.Am freelancing on my own but remain a Positivista.

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  23. It might be better if I give the match report a swerve?

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  24. Eddie I don’t actually see what you saw in pepe to suggest he was going to be a big player for us. What I saw was a player who is playing to the gallery. I think he is either a good player who’s being hampered by the huge outlay on him and trying to justify it or a very average player who’s trying to do what he’s not able to do. With the kind of pace he has and the space available behind Liverpool defense, the game was tailor made for him. But what does he do? The same arsenal fans who for many years never saw anything good about Walcott are now singer the praise of a record signing who hasn’t done anything special. Would arsenal fans have said the same had it been Theo?
    As for Luis, I’ve made my point before when some here said he was an upgrade on koscielny. We will be lucky if he costs us less than five penalties this season.

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  25. layksite pace to trouble in behind the lfc defense, but no one to get the ball to him, no ozil no party, there was an attack with about 20 minutes to go, and it was PEA and Pepe in the LFC half, not another AFC player even tried to go up and support them. This did not change till it was too late.

    Now I will add that Pepe may not flourish at AFC till we are committed to an attacking style of play, and not this hope for the best counter attack stuff we seen today

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  26. Well…I actually didn’t think it was THAT bad? Maybe because my expectations were low. The first half looked pretty good. The second, not so much. If there was ever a day for a half time attacking sub, it was today, though. I would have had Laca on from the beginning. Ah well, they’re better than us, I knew they were better than us. I just wish we didn’t play like we were afraid of them.

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  27. shotta it seems outside of his presser Emery suggested Monreal is likely to leave in the next 9 days.

    So Cech, Ospina, Lichtsteiner, Koscienly, Jenkinson, Ramsey, Welbeck and Iwobi all already gone, and Mustafi, Elneny and Monreal all likely to leave too, and some think we’ve had a 10 out of 10 transfer window. Oh My.

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  28. alabama should that be “play like our head coach was afraid of them”

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  29. Eduardo, it is no overstatement to say continuity in Arsenal FC is being destroyed in front of our very eyes with the approval of the big blaggers and podcasters.

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  30. The destruction is being performed by Don Raul and his chameleon coach while Josh does the PR. Well done boys!

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  31. You know what Eddie, I will wait until ozil gets back into the team maybe we’ll talk again. But I didn’t see ozil back in those days when Walcott was being targeted. Anyway we were set up to play on the counter and pepe had a couple of big chances.

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  32. well layksite we were and we were not set up to play on the counter, by that I mean yes we were set up to play a limited counter attack, consisting mainly of Pepe and Aubameyang trying to be a one or two man counter attack. Midfield were camped so far back, and the fullbacks tucked in so close to the CB’s that it was impossible for them to get up and make it a proper counter attacking team. Early on Willock tried to make up the distance, but it was just to much ground.

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  33. Emery in his pre match presser talking about social media:

    “I only use it when I think it can give me some good information or help me in some opinion.”

    Arsenal twitter:

    * Dani Ceballos is the second coming and already better than Özil.
    * Mustafi is shit.
    * Willock is immense and deserve his starting spot.
    * Guendouzi is the next Vierra.
    * Play Reiss.

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  34. Layksite… to be honest I didn’t know whether we indeed set up to defend, play counter or whatever. Liverpool overrun our midfield for large and practically had us pinned in our defensive third for large parts of match. Granit Xhaka had an awful lot of extra lifting to do and it showed.

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  35. Disappointing, a couple silly individual errors. We give away a lot of pens to Liverpool, as we do to spurs. Just hope that when we are on the end of the shirt pulling, as we have been constantly over the years, we get pens as well under VAR.
    Liverpool are a very good team, but considering the way they play, I find it slightly suspicious, sorry, surprising they can keep up such a level of performance, pressing for 90 mins, with relatively few injuries to key players, at least whenever we face them. But that said, we have had an absolutely appalling record up there in the last 4-5 years.
    But ultimately, the true aims and fate of the team and manager will not be decided at places like Anfield this season. What will count is cutting out the defeats to the likes of palace Bournemouth Everton Leicester Watford and others. We faced a virtually full strength team today without what will be first choice backs, rob holding, and others….Lacazette…ozil for whatever reason. Unless you get the rub of the green, which we certainly do not get there, it’s an uphill battle there
    Annoying but they have to move on

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  36. Really disappointed by the result today but my day definitely made brighter by the return of Steww. Actually I would have taken that trade if I was offered it before the game. Don’t me wrong I never want to see ARSENAL lose but sometimes people are more important. We have lots some great people from this site so the return of one of our greats is absolutely fantastic.
    Keep on keeping on Steww and don’t let the bastard’s grind you down.

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  37. Adam Bate
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    Arsenal were dispossessed in their own defensive third eight times in the first half. That’s the most by any team this season and the most by Arsenal this decade.

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  38. Mandy

    Like Spurs, they do make me wonder on the juicing front at times.

    However, while I can imagine that Barca lot may have been at it (have heard details before that made it sound as though they really may have been)…really, here, in prem, Klopp, that array of of big players from around globe??

    Maybe I can’t justify why I can believe it of, say, Spain and Italy, yet not here (well, find Leicester easier to believe than the rest) but i can’t make that final leap of imagining the names involved being such lousy cheats, and taking such risks, and never the sniff of a proper rumour (unless there’s stuff that’s even harder to imagine- undetectable drugs or higher level of dodginess).

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  39. Klopp, Salah, Milner, henderson, Firmino Van Dijk, Robertson, TAA, etc- such big names, from all over place, then how would you even go about persuading newcomers to get on board?

    So I think no, but then the wheel turns and I find myself half-wondering, as the fitness levels are so damn astonishing, the injuries so few.

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  40. Similarities with Barca, who always fielded their first choice team, messi iniesta xavi and others never injured it seemed for many years. Every time we played them, always their first choice team.
    But, Barca in a less competitive league, and were highly protected by refs.
    Liverpool do astound me. Yes, they get injuries, Ox, Sarah for a while after his encounter with Ramos, firminho, but they never seem to be decimated by injuries, as we perpetually seem to be!
    And Spurs, Kane could have his ankle amputated, and he would be back after three weeks, though they are starting to bring him back early to a fault, cost them dearly in the ECL final.

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  41. Pool fascinate me in a way City don’t (partly because I don’t feel City deserve too much analysis. Villa, Everton, whoever- if taken over by same people they’d be where they are).
    How can you put teams under that much pressure without any truly great passers in midfield, or dribblers from there? How can you sustain the pace and energy?
    The front three is what I come back to (and then the addition of Van Dijk to free them and ensure team can cope with most breaks even with few numbers back)

    There may be other front three’s with similar quality overall but don’t think they complement each other as well, or have that same potent mix of dribbling, passing, interplay, finishing, heading, speed pressing.
    So dangerous that unless you’re city level you almost have to sit to stand a chance. But then they can still almost always create enough if you do, albeit by relying very heavily on full backs.

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  42. our 25 man squad of players over the age of 21 currently stands at 23, and its proposed we sell 3 of them, which would see us 5 players short of what we are allowed. And that would include 3rd choice keeper Matt Macey who has not played for our first team yet and he turns 25 in a couple of weeks.
    It would also include Bellerin, Holding, and Tierney who are all recovering from major injuries, not forgetting the constantly injured Mavropanos (who by the way Emery suggested a few weeks ago, might be best if he went out on loan this season, but with his injuries there has been no takers yet)

    I’m still a bit confused how a squad that is likely to be at least 5 players short of that allowed, can have seen a 10 out of 10 transfer window happen to it.

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  43. Ed At 930
    Tough it’s too early to give a verdict on Pepe but your analysis seems correct. He may become a Theo in his prime days but Arsenal will benefit only if we play a proper attacking game syatem and not the one with Emerys defensuve back foot approach.

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  44. Shotta at 937

    Well said we are seeimg our club destroyed in front of our own eyes but the blogtetteas and Twitter are still painting a rosy picture.
    The way we played last night was awful. Why would you leave your best players Ozil Torriera Mikki and Laca and field inexperienced players against a top2 side? Then play a 6/7 at the bavk and invite the opposition to attack and score.
    And see Emery vision he brings Torriera mikki and Lacca in the last quarter when we have already lost it.
    Hilarious and shameful.

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  45. ↑ Ro at 4:49am ↑

    That is my frustration. It is easy to say, ‘yeah but Liverpool is a quality side and we played an inexperienced side’.

    The “inexperienced side” weren’t a forced selection due to whatever. We actually had Torreira, Mhki and Lacazette available, Özil was left at home. Guendouzi, Willock and even Reiss didn’t had great games vs Newcastle and Burnley, they coped well given the circumstances – Reiss actually struggled last weekend. Ceballos had a promising first start (against Burnley) but not one that justified entrusting him with the creative duty in a big game like this.

    Newcastle and Burnley weren’t short of chances and going into a game against Liverpool with practically the same gameplan was always going to put us on the backfoot.

    From our best 11 last season the signings of Ceballos and Pépé are supposed to have strengthen us. The former coming in for Ramsey, the latter for Iwobi. But how is considered strengthening when you push Lacazette and Torreira to the bench, leave Özil at home, and start Guendouzi and Willock instead.

    For me yesterday felt self-inflicted because we had a stronger matchday 11 available.

    For all Mustafi’s mistakes now and then – actually 3 or 4 per season – he got a whole lot of strengths. David Luiz got his mistakes too, but he comes up short compared to Mustafi’s strengths.

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  46. Labo completely agree. Emerys negative approach by not fielding your best 11 cost us points at bottom clubs last season. And it seems Emery is not learning .By weakining the midfield there is no outlet to our forwards and there are few scoring chances and lesser pocession. If we play Wengerball we might conceed 4 or 5 but we may scire a couple as well plus watch a better footballing spectacle.

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  47. Monreal has been a magnificent servant to the club since his eleventh hour signing in the depths of winter some several seasons ago. Crazy to lose him now but perhaps he is of an age where he just wants to go home and I would have hated to see him reduced to bench status once Tierney (should Tierney) establishes himself. He too was targeted by those loyal fans who care so much but eventually won their grudging acceptance. He never gave less than his 100% best and if more of his teammates had matched his consistency and commitment then I suspect he would have had at least one title to go alongside his cup winning medals.

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  48. Family duties did not allow me to see this game and it sounds as if I was better off having missed it. I have never liked Liverpool so find it easy to accuse them of all sorts of violations, but looking at their style does make me wish that our team set out to play more quickly. We seem so laboured and ponderous at times.

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  49. Steww is like a new signing.

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