Mikel Arteta and his team soon stopped in the third round of the FA Cup after a 0-2 defeat to Liverpool at the Emirates home field.
1. Liverpool faces difficulties without Salah and Van Dijk
Coach Jurgen Klopp and his team began their days without key striker Mohamed Salah with a trip that promises to be full of difficulties at Arsenal, the match is part of the FA Cup third round. As expected from “The Kop” fans, Liverpool had difficulty reaching goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale’s goal.
The German strategist even “increased the difficulty” for his students when Virgil Van Dijk was suddenly not on the registration list. Without important pillars at both ends of the goal, the red half of Merseyside was almost completely inferior to the home team.
From shining moments to spiritual support, the value that top stars bring to the Anfield team this season is indisputable. Virgil Van Dijk will soon return to shoulder the defense, but as for Mohamed Salah, perhaps Liverpool Liverpool fans can only hope for Egypt. soon eliminated in the African Nations Cup.
2. The striker makes Mikel Arteta “complain”
Arsenal with home field advantage is the better team entering the match. Coach Mikel Arteta’s students created countless good opportunities in front of goalkeeper Alisson Becker. However, Reiss Nelson, Bukayo Saka, Martin Odegaard or Kai Havertz were unable to take advantage of the success.
On a day when Gabriel Jesus was injured, Eddie Nketiah sat on the bench, Arsenal’s striker duo’s stuntmen appeared extremely ungainly. The “Gunners” always have problems with finishing, which makes them difficult in the race to win the title this season.
If the situation does not improve, coach Mikel Arteta needs to seek luck in the transfer market. The Emirates Stadium team cannot put all their hopes on Gabriel Jesus, Eddie Nketiah or Kai Havertz in the second leg.
3. Individual mistakes can ruin Arsenal’s entire season
Arsenal’s 3 consecutive losses all came according to the same scenario. The attacking players squandered the opportunity and then the defense made a fatal mistake that cost Mikel Arteta and his team dearly. Martin Odegaard and his teammates seem unable to learn any lessons.
To be fair, Arsenal did not play badly in the defeat against Liverpool in the FA Cup, but it was the impatience and lack of care in the final finishing situations that made the “Gunners” received a bitter defeat right at home. 2 quick defeats came as an inevitability.
The problems are still there, it’s even scarier than being eliminated in the third round of the FA Cup. But if the Spanish strategist and his students cannot find a solution, the specter of failure will bring an early end to this year’s season for Arsenal.