I could not be happier with that result. Coming back from a goal down against the League and European champions. A spectacular backs to the wall victory with every player leaving it all out on the pitch. Fantastic.
However, the flip side is that we played shocking football. We were dominated from start to finish by a side that has already gone on holiday.
The two goals we scored were not the result of our good play, not even the result of us pressing as a team forcing a mistake, they were the result of two Liverpool players , under very little pressure, dropping huge clangers. They were so much against the run of play that I physically burst out laughing.
Take those 2 gifts away and we had one attempt on their goal in 95 minutes of play. At home.
We had 31% possession, the lowest recorded by any Arsenal team in the Premier League, at home, at our own F*cking home.
This was not a park the bus, restrict their chances and hit them on the break performance, it was a we got battered and somehow clung on by the skin of our teeth performance. They had 23 attempts on our goal, so it wasn’t a great defensive effort, it was desperate stuff.
Of course we deserve huge credit for the commitment ,spirit and effort, but I can’t be happy with the performance because it was frankly pathetic.
Our passing was non existent, no fluency or creativity.
I thought Lacazette, playing this false 9 role, was fantastic. Which is rather ironic in that he is the current whipping boy of the squad.
Also we seem to have got an upgrade in the goalkeeping department, which is odd because Leno was perhaps our player of the season. Two busses come at once eh?
I’m confused, because I 100% believe in Arteta but we should not be so bad so often, even with the worst squad in 25 years.
If ever a result has masked a performance, this was it. But don’t let that take the joy of getting 3 points against Liverpool, that has to be enjoyed separately.