Sometimes in football, the chemistry between two extraordinary players are at such a high level, that it makes it a privilege to watch.
Last season, when Manchester United fumbled, the two players that came to the forefront in Liverpool’s, ultimately fruitless, challenge was Gerrard and Torres. I’ve watched United play with a swagger and a verve which won them titles. But as I sat in the North stand of Old Trafford with the enemy Liverpool coming to town, I witnessed two players defy the odds. We all know what happened that day, but it only cemented what we already knew. Torres and Gerrards partnership was special. Are Arsenal forming two players just as important?
Experience got Manchester United over the finish line and regain the Premier League title, but there was a definite buzz around Liverpool season this season. Who cares if Alonso goes to Madrid, as long as Fernando and Stevie are there, the title’s coming to Liverpool. These players have been injured and the rest of the squad look average, at best. It doesn’t take a mastermind to work out that without these two, Liverpool suffers.
Cesc Fabregas and Van Perise are getting a real understanding, with the link between midfield and the frontline almost invisible, similar to Torres and Gerrard. They are playing injury free together for the first time in ages and are starting to look invincible. Cesc was out for four months last season and Van Persie was out for a similar amount of time the season before that.
The difference, however between the two sets is that the Liverpool pair rely on directness, pace and intertwine with each other, and Cesc and Van Persie look to bring in others and don’t just look for each other. So, are Robin and Cesc as vital to Arsenal as Gerrard and Torres are to Liverpool? Bags of talent and when fit and flying, almost unstoppable.
I don’t think Liverpool have much more quality besides their diamond duo, however they are gaining experience all the time. Arsenal have Arshavin and Liverpool have Babel. Aquilani could become as good as Fabregas and Lucas could keep improving. In the last two years, Arsenal have played good football, but without consistently being able to play Van Persie and Fabregas together, haven’t won anything. Maybe if these two can continue to play together, they may achieve something. Torres and Gerard have their partnership set in stone, but just need to be fit.
I think Gerrard and Torres have more influence on Liverpool than Van Persie and Fabregas do on Arsenal. Over reliance on these two is what has encouraged Liverpool‘s poor start. Arsenal can win without these two, with Rosicky playing is Cesc’s role and Eduardo in Van Persie’s. A stronger squad in Arsenal’s corner is what makes me think that although they have two greatly talented players, they could win without them, as opposed to Liverpool.