Saturday, March 3, 2012

Post-match Analysis

Arsenal win against Liverpool 2-1 in Anfield Stadium. It was the another come back from the Gunners, coming from 0-1 down to secure a precious and important victory for Champions League's spot race. Despite not playing as good as last match against Spurs, with Liverpool was the better side and always seems to have good chances, Arsenal is the one who got the victory in the end.

Robin van Persie scored twice (Photo from

Once again, Robin van Persie steals the highlight, after his brace in this match. He was really sharp in front of goal, netting twice from two real chances. However, he is not the only hero tonight.

Wojciech Szczesny deserved a hero badge for his awesome saves today. He saved Dirk Kuyt's penalty and the rebound when the scoreline is still 0-0. He also tipped Luis Suarez' shot after dancing through Arsenal's defence to keep Arsenal's in the game when 1-1. He regularly came for the routine catch, as well as nice rushing out of the goal when needed.

Alex Song might be not at his best, allowing Liverpool to dominate the game, but he was always there when Arsenal defended. Not to mention the winning goal came from his assist. Superb pass, like in home game against Everton in 2011, when he supplied to the same person to score the winning goal.

Laurent Koscielny might the one to blame after scoring an own goal, but after that he stood still against Liverpool's attack and hardly made any mistake after that. Thomas Vermaelen, despite earning yellow card from the referee, was also solid against Liverpool's high ball and dealt with it well. Bacary Sagna also was solid, even though receiving tough task to stop Stewart Downing and Jose Enrique. He also delivered one beautiful cross for Robin van Persie's goal.

It's true that Robin van Persie is lifting Arsenal right now, but who says Arsenal is only van Persie? He wouldn't able to score that goal without the help of the other player, and without brilliant keeping by Szczesny, his two goals would be useless.

Had to be admitted that Arsenal were lucky to came from Anfield with three points. Liverpool was the more likely team to score the winner in the second half, but somehow, it's van Persie who scored for Arsenal for the winning goal. But this is football, where not always the better team, who created more chances and more possession will win. Arsenal often was in Liverpool position, being the better team, but somehow failed to score, but definitely not today.

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