Liverpool – Arsenal: Five Star Liverpool Blow Arsenal Away (5-1)
Jurgen Klopp’s unbeaten league leaders pass yet another test as they hit Arsenal for five at Anfield. Unai Emery’s side took an early lead, but Liverpool’s aggressive response proved too much for Arsenal’s fragile defensive setup.
Tactical analysis by Josh Williams.
Liverpool approached the match as title favorites for the first time, after Manchester City’s recent loss to Leicester City. That was the holders’ third league defeat in four matches, which is quite incredible considering the team accumulated just two losses throughout the whole previous Premier League campaign.
Those recent setbacks led to Liverpool gaining seven points on last season’s champions, with Tottenham in second place, six points behind the leaders. Despite that lead at the top, Liverpool had a testing few days to come, playing Arsenal and Manchester City back-to-back.
The chase for a place in the top four remained in the balance for Arsenal, being two points behind direct rivals Chelsea. A negative swing this weekend could result in a five-point gap emerging, which is obviously concerning for Emery.
Arsenal have been in relatively inconsistent form, after drawing with Brighton, beating Burnley, and losing to Southampton in the last three league matches. However, Unai Emery’s side have been one of the few to cause Liverpool genuine problems, having secured a draw at The Emirates earlier in the . . .