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Liverpool and Arsenal finished with one goal, one point and 10 players each in the English Premiership match at Anfiled Stadium. Thinking with their hearts, followers of these teams will tell you it is early days. If so, why did Chelsea bang 6? The 2 teams are just not serious about the championship.
Adjudged to have handled deliberately by the referee, Koscielny was sent off with the game virtually over, minutes after Liverpool scored Arsenal’s equaliser to take the Gunners level on scores and points. World Cup winner, Pepe Reina fumbled a Roscisky cross and scored an own goal.
Arsenal’s ability to pass the ball sideways without any penetration, leaves a lot of question about the potential of their attacks. They have formed a predictable pattern that coach Arsene Wenger used to twist in one breath. The Frenchman has surely lost his magic touch.
As for Liverpool, not losing was more important, given their generosity to send the Gunners fans home hopeful. Both teams didn’t live to their billing and trying to match the Chelsea goal difference will be 2 mountains to climb.
David Ngog gave Liverpool the lead in the 46th minute from the right after beating Vermaelen. They pushed for more placing Arsenal on the back foot. Theo Walcott and Thomas Roscisky came in to give the Gunners an upper hand. The Reds began to defend solidly.
Arsenal even enjoyed about 60% possession in a match in which Joe Cole was red-carded on debut and Javier Mascherano played like he will not be at Anfield anymore and England’s Jack Wilshire was on display.
If the managers could see, Roy Hodgson has his job cut out for him. Arsene Wenger has a goalkeeper to buy. These are minimum requirements so far. You will be hearing from me about where the championship is heading.
Do you believe it is early days with what you have seen so far?