In the just-concluded third round of the Premier League, Arsenal lost 1-3 away to Liverpool and lost in the first strong match of the season. Compared with the dissatisfaction of the fans after the previous defeat, the Gunners fans this time looked very "tolerant" and even thought that such a score was acceptable. Because in their view, the difference between the two sides is not the tactical choice and player performance, but the difference in the team lineup.
Soon after the opening of the first half, Liverpool got consecutive shot opportunities. Mane and Arnold threatened Arsenal's goal one after another. If it weren't for Leno and the defensive players, the Gunners are likely to fall behind. And only 3 minutes after Lacazette scored, the Red Trident continued to cooperate in the frontcourt and scored easily. Although Arsenal had an advantage in the penalty area, they failed to block Liverpool's goal.
A similar situation also appeared in Liverpool's remaining two goals. Arsenal players were not not involved in the defense, and even dominated in the penalty area, but they failed to resist the Red Army's successive goals.
The statistics after the game are particularly obvious. Arsenal's possession rate is only 36% and Liverpool's 64%. Arsenal completed 4 shots in total, 3 of which were on goal, while Liverpool's shots were as high as 21 times and 8 on goal. In terms of the number of passes, Liverpool sent 742 passes, including 19 passes, while Arsenal’s passes were only 391 and sent 7 passes. With such a strong data comparison, it is no wonder that Arsenal fans feel that 1-3 is an acceptable score.
Some Arsenal fans said: "Liverpool is like Arsenal in the undefeated battleship period, and Arsenal is like Liverpool fifteen years ago. The strength of the team and the level of players are not at the same level." Arteta did not fail to do so. Adjustments. His adjustments in the second half also paid off for a while, but it was difficult for a clever woman to cook without rice. Faced with the gap in the lineup, Arteta was also helpless and could only pin his hopes on the flash of light. If Lacazette can seize the opportunity, perhaps Arsenal may hope to shrink or even tie the score.
It can be said that it is not easy for Arsenal to win against Liverpool. The two sides have already widened the gap in the lineup. This result is inseparable from Arsenal's signing policy. Arsenal only introduced players such as guard Gabriel and winger William this summer, but they have been slow to act on the team's desperate midfield position. The rumored Oyar and Thomas passed wave after wave, the negotiation still has not progressed, but this league has already started.
During this period, Arsenal ushered in the devil schedule. After today's match against Liverpool is over, the two sides will meet again in the League Cup on October 2. In the next month, Arsenal will usher in Sheffield United, Manchester City, Leicester City and Manchester United successively, all of which are difficult to fight. If Arsenal fail to bring in key players in the next few weeks, the prospects for the Champions League this season may be overshadowed.