Arsenal 0-2 Liverpool
August 20, 2011 by staff
Samir Nasri with the line-up as the proposed move to Manchester City is put on hold – remained impressive until the young Emmanuel Frimpong was ejected with 20 minutes remaining.
Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish responded by introducing Luis Suarez and Raul Meireles in what proved to be the decisive step, as the couple was involved in both goals.
They combined before Ignasi Miquel young in the early injury of the victim Laurent Koscielny, saw a clearance deflected off Aaron Ramsey into his own net after 78 minutes and applied a finish Suarez simple pass in the final seconds Meireles to complete Liverpool’s first win of the season.
Wenger frustrated figure luckily left a depleted Arsenal by injuries and suspensions, and still recovering from the departure of captain Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona.
Arsenal apply a lot of effort, but thin rescources desperately seeking something Wenger needs to address urgently, while Dalglish was able to bide his time before carrying Suarez to make a forceful impact.
Dalglish was ecstatic after the final whistle, while Wenger must now fear their defense options was reduced Koscielny back problem ahead of the Champions League qualifying on Wednesday against Udinese in Italy.
Nasri received a mixed reception when his name was announced – but quickly won over his detractors with energy efficient and influential in the first period, with the young Frimpong is also impressive.
Arsenal also had to regroup after the early loss of Koscielny with a back spasm. Young Spanish defender Miquel came Liverpool and almost took advantage of defensive adjustments and came to meet Andy Carroll Stewart Downing cross and produce savings of athletics Wojciech Szczesny.
Szczesny had an easier task to save the head of Jordan Henderson before Arsenal grew in confidence and began threatening late in the half.
Nasri showed the enthusiasm that has made him a coveted asset with a streak up from inside his own half, which ended with his shot just wide from 20 yards and also forced Frimpong fine stop from Liverpool Pepe Reina goalkeeper with a low shot.
As a downpour drenched the Emirates, Arsenal came close to the break after 68 minutes when Van Persie found Andrey Arshavin in the area, but Reina got a leg to make a vital stop.
Wenger rubbed his hands through his hair soaked by rain in frustration, and he felt much better two minutes later when Frimpong ruined what had been a performance of real promise with a wild challenge on Lucas, which earned him a Second yellow card and dismissal.
Dalglish to use the numerical superiority of Liverpool to make a double substitution, sending Suarez and Meireles Carroll and Dirk Kuyt. Wenger’s response was to replace Arshavin with Henri Lansbury.
When the strap broke, it was a cruel way for Arsenal with 12 minutes remaining. Miquel, with the assistance of about Suarez tried to clear only to see his attempt to strike Ramsey and loop over the stranded Szczesny.
The energy visibly exhausted by the Arsenal and the second end of Suarez, only increased the pain of Wenger and the fans growing increasingly frustrated at Arsenal.
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