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Sunday, 9 February 2014

Liverpool vs Arsenal - EPL Gameweek 25

Liverpool and Arsenal..
These teams are a part of history when it comes to the world of English football..
With the list of titles overflowing in their kitty, these two clubs are a dream for many players who want to make it big in the world of soccer!!

Its obvious these teams have a history with each other..
Overall, these two have had fierce meetings and many a times the games have been high scoring!!
Both have won some what equally, thus making this encounter a fierce one!

Today, Liverpool who are trying their luck with fate to enter the champions league spot, i.e 4th spot by defeating Arsenal who are sitting on the top of the premier league with a 8 point cushion over Liverpool.

Liverpool, finally had their best forward combination in a decade i.e Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge who have an average of 80 minutes per goal in this season... That's magnificent..!!

Arsenal had their worst injury struck campaign as Aaron Ramsey and  Theo Walcott, their prime players out for a couple of months!!

The match was an early kick-off 12.45 London time, and Arsene Wenger said that he expected Liverpool to go guns blazing on them!!
That surely happened, as from the word GO..., Liverpool ran for a superb attack which led to a foul within 40 seconds of the match.
The result, Steven Gerrard, the play-maker takes a free kick, which is met by Martin Skrtel who scores a header within a minute!!
Imagine.. going 0-1 down within a minute.. what impact does it have on a team?
Their morale goes down, doesn't it?
It did happen, as Arsenal kept losing the ball at regular intervals, and within 10 Minutes, the same scenario repeated again.
A Stevie Gerrard corner kick led to an amazing header from the one and only Martin Skrtel who yet scored again!!
Now, Arsenal players were to be blamed completely as the defense was badly organized and it felt like they had already given up for the match.
Every time, Liverpool got the ball, it felt like an attack sure to hit the net.
Then 3 minutes later, another goal.
The defense exposed, a ball put through from the right flank by Luis Suarez which was met by Rahim Sterling who just tapped the ball into its place!!
Scoreline after 15 minutes: ARS 0 - 3 LIV

Then, the same scenario for the next few minutes kept happening as Liverpool were toying around an Arsenal side whose Midfielders were defending better than the defenders!!
On 20th minute, another goal..!!!
A brilliant ball from Coutinho which beat the defense and was well placed to Daniel Sturridge who didn't hesitate to tap it in..!!
The expression on Arsenal's keeper Szczesny said it all. he shouted on top of his lungs , but the dejected players were all but broken!!
Score after 20 minutes ARS 0-4 LIV.

Then

4-0 after 20 minutes.. everyone was spellbound..!!
No one expected a fight back from Arsenal, let alone score 1 goal for a consolation.
The next 25 minutes was evenly played out, with Arsenal keeping more Ball possession and trying to attack.
So late, but still a decent effort could be seen by the lads who just got smacked badly..!!

As the first half got done, the pundits gave their verdict that a 7-0, 8-0 is any day possible and that Liverpool will surely play with ease!!
That did happen, as when the second half went underway, Liverpool took not more than 10 minutes to score a goal.
Rahim Sterling was upto it again, the young midfielder took a shot and got the reward.!!
Liv 5- 0 Ars
What a scoreline!!
Arsenal fans dejected..
Before the Hour mark, a string of 3 substitutions were done by Arsenal.
Oliver Giroud was replaced by Lukas Podolski
Mesut Ozil being replaced by Tomas Rosicky
Nacho Monreal being replaced by Kieran Gibbs

A string of off sides for Liverpool didn't allow them to score more!
Then after an hour, Gerrard's foul on Alex Ox lade Chamberlain gave Arsenal a penalty which was well converted by Mikel Arteta.
LIV 5- 1 ARS.

Further in the last 20 minutes of the match, both sides tried to evade each others attack and ended up not scoring!!
FINAL SCORE :
Liverpool 5- 1 Arsenal..

Things learnt in the match:

1) When Liverpool has started Suarez and Sturridge together, the chances of scoring turn higher!!

2) Steven Gerrard played deep in his own half like a defender not going ahead, just anchoring the play from behind showing youngsters and other players the dedication a player must have towards his team.

3) Arsenal defenders were very poor right from the start.
The combination of The center backs was not upto the mark.

4)Lukas Podolski should be given more playing time, For the time being, Arsenal should play 2 forwards increasing their chances of scoring!!

5) Jack Wilshere was good in the team's defense too which is an add on to the team!!

6) Arsenal managed more passes  than Liverpool in the entire match which goes to prove that the ball was more with them, but the conversion rate of Liverpool ended up on a high note!!

7) Finally, Arsenal will have to gear up to their Plan B as they have now lost the top spot to Chelsea who are a point ahead thanks to Eden Hazard's Hat trick which gave them a 3-0 win over Newcastle United.

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