Arsenal fans were hurting for almost a year now after that infamous 5-1 defeat last season courtesy the magnificence of Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling. A revenge was least of the worries for Arsenal fans when they hosted Liverpool for this all-important clash but a 4-1 win has surely eradicated some of the harsh memories from last season’s Anfield misery.
After the impressive win, Arsenal have laid down the marker for Chelsea and Manchester City to stand up and take note of the revived Gunners. Title claims, Magnificent Ozil and prolific Giroud and made the headlines as we bring to you the top 5 key things we learned from a dominant Arsenal’s victory against Liverpool at Emirates.
Mesut Ozil can deliver in the big games afterall..
Much has been made of Ozil’s performances in the big games for Arsenal since making his move from Real Madrid. Since coming back from his injury, Ozil has been controlling Arsenal’s attacks and such was the case today, where Ozil ran his magic all over Liverpool as Brendan Rodgers’s team were unable to deal with the craft of the German.
Ozil scored 1 goal, 3 key passes, 52 successful passes and created 4 chances. Ozil enjoyed a close to perfect game for Ozil saw him get resounding applauds when he was substituted late in the second half. Arsene Wenger must have been pleased with his £40 million tonight and it has put all doubts aside about Ozil’s ability to influence big games.
Liverpool cannot finish in top 4 and they must cut out individual errors
Liverpool played all so well till the moment when they needed to perform the most. Experts had underlined Liverpool’s fixtures against Manchester United and Arsenal as the key ones for their top 4 aspirations and as it turns out, Liverpool have lost both of those games.
After these two defeats, Liverpool cannot finish in the top 4 and I feel that the entire Liverpool squad should take the blame for this. Two stupid red cards against Man United were individual errors and against Arsenal today, Liverpool saw 22 misplaced passes just in the first half of play as well as yet another red card for Emre Can.
Liverpool players must get their head on their game for the remainder of the season if they are to achieve positive results and mount any challenge for the top 4.
Arsenal will be the main title challengers next season..
It might sound like a clichéd statement now, since we have been hearing this for last 7-8 seasons now but this time, it has all the merit to the statement.
Arsene Wenger has managed to build a side filled with talented and creative players who know how to score goals. With minor tweaking here and there Arsenal will be ready to mount a serious title push next season.
With the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil, Olivier Giroud and Sani Cazorla in their side, Arsenal will be handful for any side in the league and these stars can guide Arsenal to a league winning season.
Does Raheem Sterling even deserve his £100,000-a-week contract?
The answer would be a resounding NO, had today’s game would have been the criteria for Sterling’s new contract. Based on his performance tonight, unfortunately Sterling would have had to continue on his £35,000-a-week contract instead of dream of a £150,000-a-week offer.
Sterling was very poor today and in fact ever since Sterling has turned down the contract offered to him, he has looked off colour. If Sterling really wants to leave Liverpool next season, someone must go and tell him that he needs to perform to attract interest from other clubs.
Hector Bellarin is indeed one for the future for Arsenal
Arsenal have found a real gem in Hector Bellarin as the youngster keeps proving his worth to the Arsenal fans and Arsene Wenger. YES, Bellarin is rash and sometimes overly aggressive in his tackles but he is only 20 and is still learning.
Bellarin’s goal today showed his composure and ability over the ball. Bellarin provides constant threat gunning from the right back position and is seldom caught on the break. Bellarin’s positioning sense is better than many right backs in the league and he can go on to become one of the regular features of Arsenal’s playing 11 for seasons to come.
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