Match Report: Liverpool 0 – 2 Arsenal
I was eagerly awaiting our home game against Arsenal especially after the performance against Manchester City that but for Skrtel’s clanger of a back pass allowing Carlos Tevez to score a gift of a goal. Against City I thought we played well and were unlucky not to capture all three points.
Arsenal like us were coming into the match without a win, and like us the manager was already taking some stick from the fans, especially after selling their best player to our biggest rival Manchester United.
Before the match kicked off all the talk was about who was to blame for not signing Clint Dempsey from Fulham, and how it was possible that we had let Andy Carroll go to West ham without having another striker in place assuming that would be the role that attacking midfielder Dempsey would play.
The Reds started well with Suarez and Borini linking up to provide the Italian with an excellent opportunity that went wide of the posts. Gerrard and Suarez both wasted free kicks that they should have done better with. Liverpool were defiantly having the better of the play stringing together some nice passes, but it was soon evident that as soon as they go near goal they ran out of ideas.
Arsenal who had drew both of their opening matches 0-0 did not look threatening at all with the match heading to what looked like another scoreless draw, when thanks to a weak pass from Gerrard Podolski got the ball passed to the Gunners other new signing Santi Carzola who after running at goal passed it back to the former Cologne striker to put past Reina for his first goal for his new club.
Carzola put the game beyond Liverpool’s reach in the 68th minute when his low shot at the near post struck Reina’s elbow, and went into the net yet another mistake from the keeper who has looked anything but good so far this season.
After the second goal any hope of Liverpool coming back into the match was hopeless, and with no Striker available on the bench to turn things around we were done.
Gone are the days when we could call on David Fairclough to save us.
The youngster Sterling played well hitting the post with a shot, and we had an appeal for a penalty turned down, but all in all a very disappointing afternoon.