3 positives & negatives from Arsenal's emphatic 3-1 win over Liverpool

• Gabriel Martinelli back to his best

• Oleksandr Zinchenko injury fears

• Defensive masterclass

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Positive #3: A defensive masterclass

Gabriel Magalhaes, William Saliba
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Barring the aforementioned mistake which led to Liverpool's only goal of the game, it was an exemplary defensive performance from Arsenal, which limited Klopp's side to just a single shot on target, and not a single one in the first half.

This is not the first time this season that the Gunners have exhibited defensive excellence, having also limited treble holders Man City to just one shot on target in their Premier League meeting back in October 2023.

You cannot lose a game without conceding at least a goal, and the continually improving performances of Gabriel and Saliba have offered Arsenal newfound hope in their pursuit of the Premier League title, and are quickly becoming the best defensive partnership in the league, and arguably the world (yes, I said it).

Negative #3: Missed chances persist

Kai Havertz
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We won the game and scored three goals, so it may seem harsh to criticise our finishing, but there were several occasions where we saw excellent chances pass by once more, a continuation of a worrying trend of late.

This game saw fewer poor shots, which is certainly an improvement and a step in the right direction, but indecision and, sometimes the wrong decisions, saw a number of promising attacks come to a premature end, which is a source of frustration despite the final score.

It definitely did not help by not having a recognised striker in the lineup, but with Martinelli's continued rise in form and strong recent performances from Saka, we do feel a lot stronger in attack than before the winter break, and are on the verge of seeing the team fire on all cylinders.