3 positives & negatives from Arsenal's 2-0 FA Cup defeat to Liverpool

• Arsenal wasteful again as they lose again

• Reiss Nelson a breath of fresh air

• In-game management costs Arsenal again

Arsenal v Liverpool - Emirates FA Cup Third Round
Arsenal v Liverpool - Emirates FA Cup Third Round / Julian Finney/GettyImages
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Positive #3: High intensity and work rate

Cody Gakpo, Jorginho
Arsenal v Liverpool - Emirates FA Cup Third Round / Shaun Botterill/GettyImages

Similarly to our creativity in the game, another area that has to be applauded is the players' intensity and work rate throughout the entirety of the game.

From the first kick to the last whistle, the team never looked defeated, even after conceding late in the game, and worked tirelessly to close down and put pressure on the Liverpool players.

Ultimately these efforts were futile, but it is a positive sign that bodes well for future games and will certainly see us win plenty of games if we can maintain it.

Negative #3: In-game management insufficient again


At times in recent games, Arteta has been criticised by many fans, myself included, for his in-game management, or lack thereof.

While the tactics felt generally spot on for the game, he made just a singular substitution until the 81st minute, despite it being clear that our forwards' finishing was costing us the game. And even then, Leandro Trossard and Emile Smith-Rowe were essentially given 'pity minutes' after being brought on in the 88th minute - when there was very little time for them to have any impact on the game.

In my opinion, this is a real weakness of Arteta and is something that desperately needs to change in the upcoming games - as it is seriously prohibiting our ability to change the course of games late on.