Positives #2: Defensive Solidity
Liverpool were limited to just four shots in the first half with their only effort on target being Salah’s goal in the 28th minute, as compared to Arsenal’s seven. At the end of the match, the home side fared better in the second half and had 13 shots, the same number as Arsenal with only three being on target. Simply put, Liverpool were only feeding on crumbs in front of 57,548 home supporters. William Saliba and Gabriel once again proved they are among the best defensive duos in the division and could stand up against Liverpool’s attack.
Negative #2: Another away test not fully convinced
Arsenal have shown improvement and consistency this season, but I feel they have failed in big games on the road. Despite being relatively untroubled in most of their away matches, it should be a worry for Arteta that his team have not been able to produce results in big matches. The Gunners have beaten Manchester City and Manchester United this season at home, their two losses are away from home against Newcastle United and Aston Villa. Chelsea are mediocre in recent times but drew against Arsenal while Tottenham got a draw in the derby at the Emirates Stadium.
They have failed to win away against any of the current top 10 teams this season, including Chelsea. With all the control the team have shown, they need to start clicking and making statement wins away from home.
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