Liverpool finished Game Week 3 as the only club with a 100% record as they comfortably beat Arsenal 3-1 at Arsenal. A stellar individual performance from Mo Salah, who scored twice, helped the Reds claim a record equalling 12th consecutive Premier League victory in what was also Jordan Henderson’s 100th game as captain.
Arsenal opted to give young Nicolas Pepe his full debut and the young Ivorian had their best chances of the first half- one from an Adrian mistake, another from a counter attack where he shot straight at the Spaniard, and a third from long distance that was off target.
Arsenal’s recent trips to Anfield have been painful, to put it mildly, and all the pundits expected the Reds to pile on the agony. It took them 40 minutes to get off the mark, and the unlikely source of the opener was Joel Matip, who rose ahead of Sokratis to nodd in Alexander-Arnold’s corner.
1-0 four minutes before half time became 2-0 four minutes after it as David Luiz was penalised for tugging Salah’s shirt in the box, and the Egyptian gleefully accepted the resulting penalty, sending Leno the wrong way.
The third was another mistake from Luiz, and Salah again made Arsenal pay with a precise finish into the bottom corner that Leno was helpless to stop.
Liverpool had 25 shots to Arsenal’s 9, and the xG score for the game was an apt reflection on the dominance that the Reds had. However they coudn’t keep a clean sheet as the Gunners bagged a consolation late on in the game. TAA’s clearance went straight to a Gunners play and from the resulting play, substitute Lucas Torreira managed to fire home. Henderson seemed to have done enough to cover Torreira, but the Uruguayan had luck and time on his side, and managed to get his finish away.
The last time Anthony Taylor officiated this clash, the Gunners won 4-1. Today, the Reds emerged 3-1 winners, and there was no doubting the superior team on the day.
For Arsenal and Unai Emery, more questions than answers. He chose to leave Lacazette and Torreira (the game a tailor made one for the latter) on the bench. Dani Ceballos, Man of the Match against Burnley, struggled to get to grips with the game and Liverpool’s pressing.
Burnley are in fact LFC’s next opponents, while Arsenal will return to London to prepare for their NLD against Spurs.