Liverpool 3, Arsenal 1: Man of the Match

"For us, this kind of game like Liverpool is of course an opportunity that we want to take".

Sanchez's introduction at halftime completely changed the game. His inclusion caused a headache for Nathaniel Clyne's exhausted legs but once the Reds regrouped, it would take something special to break the door.

This attacking fluidity has been missing over the last two months, following a hard December which saw key attacker Roberto Firmino charged with drink driving, his Brazilian compatriot Coutinho ruled out through injury and Sadio Mane leaving to represent Senegal at the African Cup of Nations. Both teams charged forward in the second half with a barrage of chances only to goof it up in the final third. Although Wenger has looked out of depth many times in the last decade, it was never laid bare more than it was on Saturday.

Whether you still believe in the Gunners boss or not, you have to agree that Arsenal is bigger than Sanchez, and no player should be allowed to show a lack of discipline or respect to our manager or team and not feel the repercussions.

For some unknown reason, Alexis Sanchez was left on the bench against Liverpool.

Prior to the match, Wenger said that he was opting for a more fast and physical team that he thought would better match up with Liverpool. In the dying minutes, Matip threw himself in front of his goal to deny Sanchez.

The Gunners have been found wanting in crunch games against their main rivals over the years, leaving many supporters to question whether Arsene Wenger is the right man to lead the club.

Adam Lallana deftly held up play near the halfway line before turning his marker and releasing substitute Divock Origi on the wing.

After a Marcos Rojo goal was answered by a Josh King penalty in a turbulent first half, United remained in sixth place with 49 points. I mean, okay, that stretch in the second half when it was 2-1 was a little nervous-making but other than that this was fun!

"Sanchez is a great player, he came on in the second half but in the second half it was easier for the strikers because we were much more dominant in midfield and the back".

A story in the Mirror by John Cross - a journalist with a good reputation for covering Arsenal - claims that the dropping of Alexis was not tactically motivated, however.

  • Julie Sanders