Liverpool vs Arsenal starting XI
- Author: Julie Sanders Mar 05, 2017,
Mar 05, 2017, 6:56
In the end, Wenger's gamble failed to pay off, and Liverpool's dominant first half display was enough to see off the Gunners in a result that sees Jurgen Klopp's side leapfrog them back into the Champions Leauge places.
Liverpool are now 3rd in the Premier League, 11 points behind league leaders Chelsea and just a point behind Tottenham who have a game in hand.
Goalkeeper Cech says the Gunners must readjust their aims as their hopes of lifting a first league title since 2004 disappeared once again, telling BBC Sport: "We were more aggressive after the break and started winning the 50-50 battles".
Lallana won two tackles in the first half, via Squawka, more than any other player.
"It was one of the best games we have played so far because of the strength of the opponent", he said.
Arsene Wenger looked at his away trip to Liverpool, where there was a top four spot on the line.
The north London outfit were 2-0 down at half-time after goals from Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane in the first half at Anfield.
Wenger tried to rectify his mistake at half-time by sending on Sanchez for Francis Coquelin and, after Giroud's header was tipped on to the crossbar by Simon Mignolet, the Chile worldwide made his mark. The fans have turned their back on him, Bayern humiliated them in the Champions League, while Antonio Conte and his Chelsea are huge 13 points above Arsenal.
If Arsenal eschew a measured build-up and look for the swiftest way forward, the similarly speedy Alexis Sanchez could profit, especially if he is isolated in a race with the slow Lucas Leiva.
Liverpool nearly had a second when Philippe Coutinho struck from distance, but Petr Cech produced a fine save.
Somehow, I've little confidence the extended preparation time will make much difference. Liverpool have shown that against Leicester.
It is the only change to the starting line-up following Monday's 3-1 humiliation at Leicester City.
"I think Liverpool have some really good players in there but as a team they are weak mentally and, if someone really goes at them like Leicester did, they can not keep them at bay". "We have not done well recently in this kind of game". That is not a bad thing but it took us time to adjust.
Aaron Ramsey and Laurent Koscielny have been passed fit to play at Anfield after knocks, but the outlook is slightly less clear for Mesut Ozil: "We'll see".