Arsenal – Liverpool: Competitive and proactive Arsenal fight back against conservative Liverpool (1-1)
Arsenal pressed Liverpool’s buildup and exploited their defensive issues on the right flank in the first half. Later on, Liverpool adapted and took advantage of Arsenal’s shaky defending to score. With some good substitutions and a never-say-die attitude, Arsenal scored a late, well-deserved goal to tie the game.
Under Unai Emery, Arsenal have enjoyed a tremendous run of form, having won seven out of their last eight league games. However, these results have been somewhat flattering to Arsenal’s actual performances. Arsenal’s defense has struggled in their transition to playing with a higher defensive line. In the offensive phase, Arsenal plays out from the back in a somewhat simple and predictable fashion, prone to be stopped by good pressing schemes.
Arsenal have achieved their stunning run of form thanks to a hot streak in finishing, outperforming their expected goals by a massive seventy percent and converting shots to goals at a ridiculous rate of nineteen percent. Most elite teams in Europe average 10-15% over larger samples.
Liverpool have enjoyed their best start ever to a Premier League season, winning eight games out of their last ten, only drawing against their chief rivals for the title, Manchester City and Chelsea. The signings of goalkeeper Alisson Becker and center-back Virgil Van Dijk have turned Liverpool into a very solid defensive unit that commits very few mistakes inside their box. This has allowed Jürgen Klopp to use a more conservative defensive approach with a medium block A medium block refers to a team that . . .