Arsenal vs. Liverpool: Good, Bad, and Ugly

just...just don't. - Laurence Griffiths

This is going to be one of the fun ones.

As you can probably guess, there's going to be a lot of Good and not a ton of Bad or Ugly after Arsenal's 2-0 win against Liverpool this weekend. Rather than having me ramble on, let's get to The Fun Stuff.

Good

  • The Arsenal midfield. Mikel Arteta in particular was very good, Mesut Ozil was good without being that spectacular, and Aaron Ramsey obviously was Aaron Ramsey.
  • Arsenal's defense practically neutralized Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez. The latter was occasionally a danger, but he was dealt with well.
  • Wojciech Szczesny. Several very strong saves, there when called on. He had maybe one moment of weirdness, but other than that, a very good performance.
  • Aaron Ramsey's goal. Grip and rip, son.
  • Santi Cazorla alleyooping to himself off the post.

Bad

  • Liverpool's midfield, on the other hand, was nowhere. Coutinho was decent after coming on, but Jordan Henderson was mediocre, and I honestly forgot that Lucas Leiva and Steven Gerrard were playing for long parts of the game. I suppose technically this could go under Good, but they were Bad, so here they are.
  • The high defensive line got exposed a few times because of slow reactions to runners. It didn't end in any goals, but it was a little bit of a concern.
  • Olivier Giroud and Ozil both had chances to ice the game and probably should have scored, but both failed to do so. That is not ideal. Do better, guys.
  • Ozil and Cazorla's Partnership of Awesomeness has yet to fully click. It will eventually, more than likely, but as of yet, it seems that they're still learning each other's ways.

Ugly

  • Luis Suarez. Just in general.
  • Daniel Sturridge had a little bit of a rage fit late on when Suarez didn't pass to him when he thought he should have. So that's fun.
  • According to Michael (who was at the game, the bastard), the away support was a disgrace. Not because they were vitriolic or "evil" or anything - they were just quiet. Sounds like someone needs to get on our level.
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