Arsenal v Liverpool Review: the Reds cannot compete for the league title this season

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First off, before the half thought out crap detailed analysis of yesterday’s Arsenal-Liverpool game, I’d like to applaud (as best I can for two teams I *hate*) the performances of Manchester United and Chelsea a couple days ago.

Both teams played some excellent stuff- Manchester United showed strength to fight back when Boro equalized (and this piece of interplay between Rooney and Tevez was just sublime) while Chelsea of course did a demolition job on this season’s surprise team Manchester City. Now often I turn off the TV when Manchester United go 2-0 up (as is often the case), but on Saturday I had to watch their game (and extended highlights of the Chelsea game) because both teams were absolutely class.

Now, to the real stuff.

If you went by the book, everything before yesterday’s game at Anfield promised an absolute thrashing for Liverpool- Arsenal of course had come of the phenomenal 7-0 win over Slavia Prague while Liverpool had gone down midweek to Besiktas. Sadly as we all know, football never works out like that, however we were still treated to an enthralling match that could have gone either way.

Liverpool scored first, Steven Gerrard netting from a powerfully hit free kick after the Arsenal wall broke apart; while Arsenal’s young genius Cesc Fabregas toe-poked the ball past Reina to bring the Gunners level. Whilst I felt that we should have won it- hitting the post twice with the subsequent missed sitters, Liverpool fans will feel the same after Almunia’s decent saves off Gerrard and Crouch while Gallas blocked Gerrard when clean through in the box.

All in all a decent result for the Gunners; a draw at Anfield is never a bad thing while Liverpool fans should be feeling worse off after the game- although Arsenal had the better chances to win it, it was ‘Pool that needed the victory more. Liverpool had a chance to cut the gap at the top to just four points with a game in hand; they now sit six points behind with the same amount of games played as the leaders.

Now that we’ve talked about the match, the analysis. I said it last week, but this game once again strengthened my claim- Arsenal Football Club will win the league, and not just that; they will do it in style. The nerve the team showed to fight back against a 1-0 deficit away from home at one of the toughest places to play at in the world was incredible; and the future core of this team- Fabregas, Walcott, Bendtner are not even 21 years old yet. Fabregas is fast developing into the best midfielder in world football- he had quite a bit of what was needed before, but lacked the goals; this season he already has ten in just fourteen starts. As for Bendtner, and Walcott, it will be good to see them start against Sheffield United this week; the former has impressed every single time he has come on this season while the latter is slowly developing into the player he was hyped up to be.

Anyways, enough of the creaming over excellent analysis of the Arsenal players; how does that result set up the league? We have three teams that will be going full force for it- Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal, and we could well have one of the most exciting battles ever seen. I stand by my other claim- Liverpool are not going to compete for the league, and were never in with a shout (well, they might have been on the first day of the season but then so were Derby County) of winning it; they will however make up the top four.

Yesterday’s round of results sets it up quite nicely for the game against the scum Manchester United next week at the Emirates; those games are always good to watch and more of the same results as last season’s ones, please. I will probably be doing another piece about the game closer to the event; I’m sure the Manchester United supporting writers of Soccerlens (who are horribly misguided, but ah well :D) will have their fair share to say too.

Do you think I’m talking shite, and that Liverpool are still in with a chance? Tell me below 😉

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