Arsenal vs Liverpool: Things we learned from the classic at the Emirates

Arsenal are without a win against Liverpool in some six matches now.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 22: Mesut Ozil of Arsenal (11) scores their third goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Liverpool at Emirates Stadium on December 22, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

It was an epic counter at the Emirates as Arsenal and Liverpool played out a six goal thriller that comprised some scintillating bit of football by both the teams.

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Salah scored the second for Liverpool

It was really a tale of two halves as the away side dominated the first half while Gunners launched their engine in the second. Despite they shared the spoils, there has been some important lessons that must have been noted down by both the managers.

  • Both the defenses are a concern:

    It is quite vivid that Arsenal’s defense has been ragged for some time now, but equally Liverpool defense have big concerns. Both the centre half pairs where exposed by the opponent attackers on Friday. The Gunners couldn’t handle the Liverpool counter attack while a defensive unawareness started the Arsenal comeback on the night. So it is something both the teams will have to improve as the transfer window approaches.

  • Salah is an unstoppable force:

    Moh Salah has been the name this season and he showed again why he has been the signing of the season so far. He was instrumental in the first two Liverpool goals, as he provided the first and scored the second. Arsene Wenger deployed Maitland Niles on the day and it even worked as the Egyptian initially wasn’t that much in his prime, but he still managed a goal and an assist as he now has scored 21 goals for the Reds so far. His pace has been something to be feared of and the Liverpool fans will be hoping him to fire as long as he can.

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    Salah and Coutinho both scored

  • Arsenal still are guilty of slow start in big games:

    Arsenal haven’t yet rectified their mistakes in the bog games, as they again were too timid at the start and weary. It was all Liverpool in the first half and only after the second goal, the Gunners woke up. There has been hours of debates why Arsenal don’t do things right from the start, but it was again missing from them on Friday. And when they finally woke up, they scored 3 goals in 5 minutes, so it is quite obvious that the Gunners faithfuls are livid with the team’s approach.

  • The German Wizard will be a big loss if he leaves:

    The recent resurgence from Mesut Ozil has been something the Gunners fan has demanded for a long time. The German seems to be giving everything and has been bossing the attack. He scored a stunner against Newcastle and also was outstanding against Liverpool. Sanchez is surely going, but it seems like Ozil leaving will hurt Arsenal more at the moment.

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