Liverpool outclass Arsenal in Pemier League


Friday, Mikel Arteta presented the Liverpool – Arsenal match, played this Saturday evening, as a « test » to know the real level of his team, very successful since the third day of the Premier League. After the clear victory of the Reds, which took place in the context of the 12th day of the English Championship, the answer is clear: for the moment, the Gunners are not sailing at all in the same waters as the three candidate clubs On title. Namely the leader Chelsea (winner this Saturday in Leicester), Manchester City (which hosts Everton this Sunday) and Liverpool, which thanks to this success, temporarily occupies second place in the Premier League.

For half an hour, at Anfield, the two teams were evenly matched, each developing a stifling pressing and providing relatively few opportunities. But little by little Arteta’s players gave the impression of running out of steam and losing aggressiveness. The Reds then took the opportunity to put the foot on the ball and to be more and more dangerous.

Alexander-Arnold double passer

As a result, Aaron Ramdsale had to string together several high-class saves (29th, 35th, 36th) before bowing on a pricked head from Sadio Mané, well served by a free kick perfectly shot by the inevitable Trent Alexander-Arnold (1 -0, 39e). Then, at the start of the second, faced with growing pressure from Jürgen Klopp’s men, the Gunners showed growing excitement, without however abandoning an astonishing desire, undoubtedly dictated by their coach, to build at all costs. their game from behind.

Unsurprisingly, they were sanctioned by this daring tactical choice. Thus, Nuno Tavares stupidly lost a ball in front of his surface, which Diogo Jota took advantage of by scoring easily, after having hooked Ben White and Ramsdale (2-0, 52nd). After this goal, Arsenal gave up returning to the match, then being punished on a counter led by Mané and concluded by Mohamed Salah (3-0, 73rd), then on a new caviar delivered by Alexander Arnold, this time for Takumi Minamino, scorer on his first ball (4-0, 77th).

Without several class interventions from Ramsdale (57th, 63rd, 68th …), the bill could have even been higher for Londoners. In the end, with this result, the Reds are therefore relaunched in the title race while they remained on two disappointing results in the Championship (a draw against Brighton, a defeat at West Ham). As for the Gunners, who remain fifth, they buried their dreams of greatness for a while, like the neo-international Emile Smith-Rowe, invisible at Anfield.


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