The Reds visited the Emirates and took away all points as Arsenal’s troubles in front of goal cost them. Read all about the game, opinions and tweets here!
Reds visit to the Emirates against Arsenal: As it happened
Arsenal looked like they might cash in on their dominance for most of the game but it wasn’t to be. A stark reminder for all Gooners that there is still much to be improved upon in the team.
A moment of sheer precision from Liverpool undid all the great work Arsenal had done in the first half. Just a few minutes after the 50th minute mark, a beautifully thread pass by Thiago found it’s way to Jota.
"[The top two] have set other standards again this season." #awlive [bbc]
— Anfield Watch (@AnfieldWatch) March 16, 2022
The Portuguese always loves scoring at Arsenal’s expense and last night was no different. The former Porto man took the ball and ran against the Arsenal backline, and jammed the ball into near post of Ramsdale’s goal.
Just eight minutes later, a failed clearance by Bukayo Saka would cost Arsenal as Robertson stole the ball. The Reds left-back ran with the ball and cut it back for Firmino, who tapped it in with the outside of his boot.
People been waiting the whole of 2022 to unload Ø and Saka slander 😂😂😂
— TO (@TamiOriade) March 16, 2022
After those two goals, it looked as if Arsenal were done and dusted. Perhaps, a reminder that this is the difference between where Arsenal are and where Arsenal have to get to.
All over: 2-0 Liverpool
Such a tight game until Jota's opener. Arsenal had a huge chance just before, but Allison denied Odegaard. That was Arsenal's big moment, but they couldn't take it. Liverpool deserving winners in the end. Nine PL wins in a row for them. pic.twitter.com/Atg7iOqJMv
— Charles Watts (@charles_watts) March 16, 2022
Regardless, Arsenal sit at 4th, one point ahead of United with 2 games in hand. This shouldn’t put Arsenal’s Champions League hopes in danger, however they can’t afford many more slip ups.
The distance between Arsenal and Man City/Liverpool is smaller than the distance between Arsenal and Manchester United.
— Mo (@MoArsenal86) March 16, 2022
Nevertheless, one game doesn’t make or break anything. If anything, this game perfectly showed how Arsenal are transitioning finally and are building a proper squad capable of contending for trophies.
That is all the more evident as Arteta’s Liverpool counterpart Jurgen Klopp only had huge praise for the man.
Jurgen Klopp on Mikel Arteta working with Pep Guardiola at Man City:
“He’s 100% a really good coach and you can see it. And he would have been silly, he’s not, if he would have worked with Pep Guardiola and wouldn’t have an eye in on what he’s doing!” #awlive [sky]
— Anfield Watch (@AnfieldWatch) March 16, 2022
This is all we have for Arsenal’s game against the Reds as the visitors took away all points at the Emirates.
Up next for Arteta and his army is the away trip to Villa Park this weekend, going against Liverpool icon Gerrard’s team.
Arsenal v Brighton: preview, team news, possible XI, prediction & more
Match Preview: Arsenal hope to bounce back against Brighton after Palace
Arsenal will be hosting Brighton at home this Saturday as they look to get back on track after Monday’s loss. Brighton themselves are desperately in search of a win, after consecutive losses and their last result being a draw.
The Gunners had to face a setback against the Eagles and had to see Spurs climb above them in tables over the weekend. Still, Arteta’s men hold a game in hand over Conte’s team and are tied on points.
After a couple of key injuries to Partey and Tierney, it’ll be a test for Arteta to find solutions. The coach, however, is full of optimism.
“We have to show tomorrow the energy, the commitment and the passion that we want to play the game tomorrow in front of our fans,” he said via Arsenal.
Kieran Tierney will be out for this game and his injury might keep him out for the rest of the season. Arteta confirmed the left-back had surgery but didn’t confirm any timeline for his return.
“He just had surgery yesterday, so it’s very early to understand how everything is going to develop, he’s going to be out for the period that we estimate and in which condition he will be after that period I think it’s too soon to say something else.”
Arteta speaking now – He says it's unclear if Partey will play again this season:
"He has a significant injury, he will be out for some weeks. It’s an area he had a previous injury and he felt it straight away."
— Charles Watts (@charles_watts) April 8, 2022
Another player that will miss the game is Thomas Partey, who is struggling with a thigh injury. “It’s a little bit ambiguous but he has a significant injury. We will have to keep assessing him but he will be out for some weeks,” he said.
Further elaborating, “It’s an area he had a previous injury and he felt it straight away and he’s not fit.”
Possible Arsenal Starting XI
Arsenal: Ramsdale; Cedric, White, Gabriel, Nuno; Lokonga, Xhaka; Saka, Odegaard, Martinelli; Lacazette
Arsenal 2 – 1 Brighton
We fully expect Arteta’s men to get back to winning ways after that setback on Monday night. Brighton, while they shouldn’t be taken lightly, are winless in their last seven games.
What Arteta said about Tavares, players leaving in January and MORE!
Check out everything Mikel Arteta had to say about Nuno Tavares, if he regrets players leaving in January
It is safe to say that Nuno Tavares, just like the team and Arteta, did not have a great performance on Monday. However, it is those defeats that test the mentality and separate the best from the average.
Arteta talked about how to give the youngster confidence and why he decided to take him off. “Always I speak with the players and I spoke with Nuno because I care about how feel. We are here to help them and make their careers better.”
Regardless, he understood it wasn’t a decision that was great for the Tavares but one he understood.
Arteta on Tavares:
"Obviously I spoke with Nuno because I care a lot how they [players] feel. We're there to make their careers better. That was a decision that hurt him obviously, but he understands it was for the benefit of the team. He now needs to react on that situation."
— Chris Wheatley (@ChrisWheatley_) April 8, 2022
“That was a decision that hurt him, obviously, but he understands that it was for the benefit of the team and he respects that.” via Arsenal’s official website.
When asked how he intends on getting the best out of Tavares, he said:
“His confidence probably wasn’t the best because he wasn’t playing a lot of minutes as well and probably wasn’t at his best and he needs the rhythm, the competition and the understanding with his teammates.”
Quite evidently, there is a deep mutual respect and understanding between the players and Arteta. The mutual respect between players and coach goes a long way as defeats shape character in tough patches of form.
Arteta does not have regrets over letting players leave
The Gaffer was asked whether letting players leave in January was the right decision. He reaffirmed and asked back if he should justifying those decisions again and again.
“I don’t know if we have to justify it, we have to make a decision based on what we see every day, ” he said.
Arteta on if he regrets letting Auba and Balogun go:
I haven’t heard that question in the last six weeks. The timing when you ask those questions is always after a defeat so I don’t like to comment on that. https://t.co/7yeQTz0xoz
— Kaya Kaynak (@kayakaynak97) April 8, 2022
The former Everton man continued, “How the players can contribute in the role that they have at the club, or if they cannot do it or they don’t want to do it, we find solutions and that’s what we always try to do.”
Arteta on Palace defeat, Brighton game, fight for top 4 and more
Check out everything Arteta had to say about Arsenal’s game against Brighton and more
Arteta and Arsenal were faced with an unexpected setback with a humiliating defeat at Selhurst park. The Gunners looked done and out of the game from the kick off whistle.
When asked how the defeat impacted the squad, Arteta had a bit to say. “Embrace the challenge. You lost, now you want to win, it’s hurting and it’s still hurting. We lost two big players, two really important players for us for sure.” Via Arsenal.
While his tone suggested he blamed injuries, he accepted responsibility and to accept the result.
— Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) April 8, 2022
“But whenever that happens you can’t cry for it because they are not going to be available for us. So we have to find other solutions and we have to be as good and as competitive as we have been.”
Arteta was also asked about what were his expectations for the match against Brighton. The Spaniard said the usual things one says before a game about his opponent.
Mikel Arteta went on to say that the issues we faced against Crystal Palace must be addressed against Brighton.
— AK – 24/7 Arsenal News (@akarsenalnews) April 8, 2022
“They’re a team with a lot of personality, a coach that is very willing to play, that is very aggressive in the way they press, that wants to dominate the game and they have good players to do that but they are very difficult to beat.”
Besides just complimenting Brighton, he commented on their set piece intelligence and defense.
Arteta when asked about top four
The coach was also asked about if the belief of finishing top four is still there. His comments implicated he wants the squad to move on from the defeat and focus on the task ahead.
“[The setback] has happened and it’s happened with nine games to go and we have to react now.
We have to show tomorrow the energy, the commitment and the passion that we want to play the game tomorrow in front of our fans.”