3 things we learnt from Arsenal's 2-0 FA Cup defeat to Liverpool

  • Arsenal exited the FA Cup after a wasteful display against Liverpool
  • Kai Havertz had mixed game in forward position
  • Performance was once again good enough to earn victory
Arsenal v Liverpool - Emirates FA Cup Third Round
Arsenal v Liverpool - Emirates FA Cup Third Round / Shaun Botterill/GettyImages
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Arsenal were knocked out of the FA Cup by Liverpool as the two sides met each other yet again in the span of a few weeks.

Despite losing, the Gunners had a rather good game to say the least. They were often the side with more possession due to their fluid passing and movement. This also majorly helped counter Liverpool’s press. 

Despite the momentum, it seemed as though luck wasn’t on their side. Mikel Arteta’s men broke in on multiple occasions but were simply not able to put the ball into the back of the net before Jakub Kiwior's own goal capped off yet another frustrating night evening.

Luis Diaz then made sure of the Reds' victory at the death as Jurgen Klopp's side advanced into the fourth round.

3 things we learnt from Arsenal's 2-0 FA Cup defeat to Liverpool

Let's have a look at what are the three things we learnt from the game.

1. Poor finishing continues to let Arsenal down

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Arsenal squandered a number of good chances against Liverpool / Julian Finney/GettyImages

It’s no secret now that Arsenal are displaying extremely ineffective shooting in front of goal. While the common narrative would be to ‘sign a striker’, we can't expect a new addition, whomever they be, to immediately fix this issue.

Last season (almost) the same team scored 103 goals and a record-breaking 88 in the Premier League. 19 different players scored last season. This alone proves that this team is not incapable of being lethal in front of goal.

It just seems like there is a knock on confidence. Kai Havertz was tentative when pulling the trigger, while Bukayo Saka's killer instinct which has manifested so much even this season was nowhere to be seen. The best thing to do as supporters is to continue backing the players Mikel Arteta has at his disposal. The Arsenal boss admitted post-match that it was his job to get the very best out of those currently available to him, quietening talk of a striker signing.

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