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Jota And Firmino halted Arsenal run: How Arsenal Players Fared Against Liverpool

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We evaluate the player ratings for the Arsenal Vs Liverpool match at the Emirates in the Premier League 2021/22 season. Goals from Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota handed Liverpool a crucial victory. Both teams were on a good run of form, making the game very interesting. The visitors had a better record and also a better form than the Gunners. Their squad depth and high end defending proved too much for the home team.

Arsenal went on toe-to-toe against the mighty Liverpool side in the 1st half. Both teams had equal attempts and even nearly equal possession in the first 45 mins. Arsenal made some impressive runs and plays, which encouraged the home supporters on a drizzling rainy night.

The second half’s first 10 minutes or so were also evenly matched until one small mistake and a thunderous strike from Jota found the back of the net. Gunners were defending quite well and even forced Klopp to go to his primary strikers to make something happen. But Jota’s goal and later Firmino’s clever flick ended Arsenal’s hopes for a comeback.

Mikel Arteta made offensive substitutions, hoping to get a “Watford-like” result for the Gunners. But the trio of Joel Matip-Virgil Van Dijk-Fabinho proved too hard to go through, and even Allison was looking impressive enough for his 3rd consecutive clean sheet in the league.

Arteta was disappointed with the missed chances and also the tight schedule.

Arsenal Player Ratings Against Liverpool

Starting XI:

Aaron Ramsdale (GK) – 5.0: Ever so dependable Ramsdale could have been the hero of the match had he made those 2 saves. The shots were clearly stoppable and a better positioning could have saved a point for the Gunners.

Cedric Soares (RB) – 5.5: Liverpool enjoyed most of the attacking plays from the right wing and Soares did try his best to contain it.

Ben White (CB) – 6.5: Ben White played two different games in the 2 halves of the match. He was more aggressive in 1st half, but 2 quick goals from Liverpool made him more defensive in the game.

Gabriel Magalhaes (CB) – 6.5: Gabriel did check the strikers and the crosses well. His positioning and interceptions were better against Liverpool.

Kieran Tierney (LB) – 7.0: He was one of the players who troubled the Liverpool defence. He also defended well against Sadio Mane and Luis Diaz on many occasions.

Kieran Tierney
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Midfield and Attack :

Thomas Partey (CM) – 7.5: Best player on the field for Arsenal. He did most of the hard work helping out the defence and also the offence. His connection with Saka was a very encouraging sign. 

Granit Xhaka (CM) – 6.0: Xhaka did all he was asked to do in the midfield. But his decisive passes were somewhat wayward. Xhaka had one outside chance to put Gunners ahead in the game, but his shot went wide.

Martin Odegaard (CM) – 7.0: He was playing his best football till the Liverpool game. That had the opposition on red alert and he was tightly marked with other Arsenal front players. He tried very hard to ask the question of the Liverpool defence, but they certainly had the answers to it. He had one clear chance to score, but the shot was blocked by Allison.

Gabriel Martinelli (LAM) – 8.0: Martinelli gave the fans so much joy in the game. He was making some great runs and even the trickery was eye-catching. The Brazilian was restless throughout the game, helping in the defence also.

Bukayo Saka (RAM) – 7.0: The young Englishman was tightly marked. He did well connecting with the front but was unfortunate not to score. 

Alexandre Lacazette (ST) – 5.5: It seemed the Frenchman had the role to assist rather than score himself. He hardly made any attempt to trouble Allison except for one good pass to Odegaard.

Substitutes in Arsenal vs Leicester:

Emile Smith Rowe (6.5): Replaced Odegaard to make some difference in the game. He had a good chance but his shot was blocked by Matip in the box.

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Nicolas Pepe (NA): Smart plays and a different approach to the attack would have helped the Gunners to change the outcome of the match. But he hardly had any chance to make a huge impact.

Eddie Nketiah (NA): 80th-minute substitution was a bit too late for him to affect the game. Liverpool were in complete control.

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