Three massive problems facing Arsenal

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:

Cannot see out a game

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.

Lack of attacking threat

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.

Lack of tactical versatility

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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.

 


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