Arsenal hosted Liverpool at the Emirates on Sunday and emerged triumphant to reignite their title challenge. Goals from Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli and Leandro Trossard helped the Gunners seal the well-deserved victory.
It was overall an incredible display from the north London side. They seemed to have a better hold on the game right from the beginning, completely overwhelming the league leaders. The game was evenly contested with the Reds drawing level on the stroke of half-time, but Arsenal were ultimately the better side and took home all three points.
3 things we learned from Arsenal's statement win over Liverpool
Here are the 3 things we learnt from the game.
1. Arsenal’s final game has improved
Over the last three games, it has become tacit that Arsenal aren’t quite as shaky as they used to be in the final third. They launched attacks and picked their moments well to be able to break past the Liverpool block.
A lot of this could be majorly credited to Jorginho’s incredible display to effectively move the ball up the pitch and Kai Havertz’s lethal ability to break between the lines and attack.
However, the main area of improvement was that Arteta’s men weren’t panicking and tossing the ball around in the final phase of attack. They were calm and kept on creating spaces for themselves, this redressal resulted in a commanding victory.
2. Havertz must be played more often as a striker
Kai Havertz proved yet again that he is an invaluable output in attack. As previously mentioned, his ability to attack spaces allowed him to get into great goal-scoring positions.
Although he did not manage to get a goal or an assist, out of the six big chances that Arsenal had, Havertz was responsible for creating two of them. His movement both on and off the ball were vital in helping the Gunners attack with maximum effectiveness.
It’s games like these where his abilities and importance are underscored explicitly. It was Havertz who drew the two fouls from Ibrahima Konate which saw the Frenchman receive his marching orders in the closing stages, with his performance ensuring the absent Gabriel Jesus wasn't missed in the slightest.
3. David Raya has significantly improved in his overall play
David Raya's knack for technical skills often flew under the radar, despite his considerable expertise in the area. Although shot-stopping was never much of an issue for the former Brentford man, he couldn’t quite seem to replicate it at his new side in Arsenal.
Despite having faced a lot of criticism in his initial days at the club, Mikel Arteta put his faith in the Spanish goalkeeper and it seems to be paying off well. Raya and William Saliba had a poor moment which led to Arsenal losing out on a clean sheet, however.
Although it was an unfortunate error that shouldn't have occurred, Raya had an otherwise solid game. His distribution has been key in recent games as it has led to many threatening counter-attacks which allow goal scoring opportunities.
As each game goes by, despite the wins and losses, it still feels like there’s something that keeps piecing itself together. Arsenal are still in the process of reaching to the level they want to be at and it simply makes sense that they are prone to errors here and there.
However, this game has proved that despite any of the drawbacks, the squad is capable of bouncing back and continues to be a major threat that must not be slept on.