Arsenal endured one of the worst afternoons in the club’s history when they lost in shocking fashion to Liverpool. Liverpool came off the blocks in such stunning fashion that the gooners could not cope. Four goals in 20 minutes practically ended whatever fight Arsenal had in them. Despite a decent second half, it was too little too late for Arsene’s men.
If the game was decided for the first 20 minutes, this would be the player ratings:
We were awful, terribly awful in the first half. However, luckily, the game is not for 20 minutes.
SZCSZESNY: I would not blame him for the goals, especially the first three goals. After wards, made decent saves against Sturridge, Sterling and a superb save from Suarez freekick. 6
MONREAL: Wenger has to seriously think about benching Nacho. Had a terrible game especially in the first half. Suarez punished him repeatedly and hardly gave any outlet going forward. 4
MERTESACKER: one of the worst games I have seen the big Friendly German play for over 2 years. Apart from the first 20 minutes, he did not do too badly. Seemed very slow and sluggish. 4
KOSCIELNY: a not too decent first 20 minutes; but afterwards, was the beast we know him for. Definitely Arsenal’s best player of the day. 6
SAGNA: another player who never came to the party. Sloppy a lot f times and allowed the young Sterling to get over him a lot of times. 3
ARTETA: forget about the goal that he scored, Arteta was not superb today. I expected Arsenal to dominate the midfield and that would have been Mikel’s job, which he did not do very well. 5
WILSHERE: was practically the only one driving the team forward even when the chips were down. Had personal battles with Gerrard and Coutinho. Should have scored in the second half but along with Arteta lost the midfield to Liverpool. 5
CARZOLA: another senior player that had a bad game. Santi was absent today and was well marshaled by the Liverpool players. Disappointing game from Santi. 3
OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN: did not hit the heights of the Palace game, but still put up an average performance. At least won the penalty for the gooners and had a chance to score. 5
OZIL: was disposed easily in the build up to the third goal but afterwards came out strong and I was shocked when wenger subbed him, maybe the Boss had already given up the fight. 5
GIROUD: another terrible game from Olivier. Skrtel totally dominated him and he was not in the game at all. If we are to make anything good this season, Giroud has to step up. 3
I am still in shock and disbelief as to what happened to us in the first 20 minutes but we have to pick ourselves up and prepare ourselves for the second installment of DEATH RUN 1. NEXT UP, MANCHESTER UNITED AT THE EMIRATES.
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