1. Markovic miss was huge
The first half was actually very even, despite the flattering 3-0 scoreline that Arsenal took to te dressing room with them at the break. But the moment which saw the game swing in the home team’s favour was the huge miss by Liverpool involving Lazar Markovic and Raheem Sterling. With Sterling in support as he went clean through, Markovic made the right choice but passing to Sterling but his woeful pass gave Sterling no chance for what should have been a routine opening goal.
2. Sterling needed a big game – but didn’t deliver
After all the headlines this week, Raheem Sterling could have done with a goal and an influential role in a winning Liverpool display. While Sterling was one of Liverpool’s brightest sparks, he was unable to inspire Liverpool on a day when the spotlight was on him.
3. Mignolet can’t win
Poor old Simon Mignolet. He made at least three superb saves to keep Liverpool in the game early on and again in the second half, tipping over brilliantly from Olivier Giroud. But he still couldn’t escape criticism from grumpy TV pundits and will be the scapegoat again. Liverpool fans may want to look at the creaky three-man defence and the elementary defensive errors that gave Mignolet such a busy afternoon.
4. Ozil finding his Arsenal form again
Mesut Ozil is massively underappreciated, even when he’s on song. He links midfield and attack with a work rate that is at odds with his languid style. On closer inspection, Ozil chases and plays more key passes than any other Arsenal player. And he capped his display with a sensational free-kick.
5. Yet more poor refereeing
Emre Can gets a second yellow – rightly so. So why doesn’t Bellerin see red for his trip on Sterling for Liverpool’s penalty? It’s these kinds of refereeing inconsistencies that are infuriating fans and managers and, at some point, has to stop. The argument for video replays will rumble on, but only Anthony Taylor knows why he didn’t give Bellerin a second yellow.
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