Although it’s not a defeat for Arsenal, the nature of Martin Skrtel’s late equaliser leaves the feeling of points dropped rather than gained for Arsenal. In truth, the Gunners were the second best team for much of the game at Anfield, so escaping with a share of the spoils should be a positive, yet the performance raised far more questions than answers… and here are THREE:
Against 10 men deep into injury time, it’s unforgivable to concede. But the soft underbelly that has been tickled so many times in the past got another rub as Skrtel rose up to nod in a late leveller. Wenger has long been unable to set up his team to be robust when the going gets tough, and it cost them once again at Anfield.
I don’t believe in taking Giroud off when we are winning to see out a game. His size and strength are crucial at defending set pieces. #afc
— Jordan Egan (@JordanEgan1990) December 21, 2014
When will we learn to hold onto a lead or see a game out #AFC v LFC
— Spraggs (@Spraggs65AFC) December 21, 2014
How hard is it to see out a game against 10 men. Jesus! #afc
— Darren Flatt (@Dazza_Flatt) December 21, 2014
While Arsenal have been clinical of late, they seem to lack a real presence up front. Giroud netted a neat effort, while Debuchy’s goal owed more to Liverpool’s shaky defending. Wenger switched to a 4-4-2, yet that did little to alter the flow of the game, with the Londoners firmly on the back foot for much of the 90 minutes.
But to be honest, would’ve taken a draw at the start but once again a poor performance against a poor opposition. #AFC
— Arsenalism (@TheBimal) December 21, 2014
Has there ever been a more poor and lack lustre arsenal side than this?! We’ve just played poorly against a very bad side! #afc
— Adam Parker (@parkaldo1) December 21, 2014
Poor decision to take off Giroud instead of Welbz. He’s poor with his head and can’t hold the ball like OG. Lost all 50/50 challenges #AFC
— Rëggë (@henregge) December 21, 2014
Liverpool’s 3-4-3 first-half set-up completely threw Wenger’s Arsenal. The Reds’ threats from out wide and the drifting attackers stumped the Gunners, who took a fair chunk of time to adjust. The travellers eventually grew into things, yet on another day Liverpool could have been out of sight.
Wenger tactically clueless and cannot adjust to a situation that arises during the game
— andreas nicolaou (@andygoon63) December 21, 2014
Wenger keeps making mistakes. Its where Arsenal’s problem is from. Why sub Giroud and leave Welbeck? Beats the heck out of me
— Gung Ho (@lexisrenis) December 21, 2014
Wenger shows how tactically clueless he is in game again
— #WengerOut (@Goonerboy76) December 21, 2014