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Liverpool 4-0 Arsenal: 3 talking points

Monday 28th August 2017
It's happened again, Arsene Wenger it's happened agaaaain! Once again, Arsenal conceded three goals away to a top rival. Is it the funky kits?

In a battle between two top 6 teams on the verge of losing their best players, the Reds that made a clear statement of intent. Jurgen Klopp's side dealt a 4-0 drubbing to the Gunners. The fading blue kits seemed appropriate to Arsenal's relative status in the Premier League table. Or is it to Arsene Wenger's relevance in the modern game?

Here are 3 talking points from an extraordinary result.

Utlising players out of position



Someone please explain this to me. Arsenal knew they needed a left back in the summer. Accordingly, they signed Sead Kolasinac. The Bosnian international had an influential impact against Leicester. Yet, he is now living on the bench with a right back being asked to learn his job on the fly.

Hector Bellerin is already struggling with the transition from right-side fullback to wingback. Now Arsene Wenger has added to his uncertainty. It's laughable. Seemingly, he has done this to install Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain at right wingback, a position the youngster has clearly indicated doesn't interest him.
Let's not even get started on Wenger playing Nacho Monreal at CB while leaving Calum Chambers out of the squad and Shkodran Mustafi and Per Mertesacker on the bench. None of it makes sense. Is the Frenchman purposely sabotaging his own team? Or does he genuinely believe using players out of position will manifest good results, especially away at Anfield?

Do Liverpool need Philippe Coutinho?



The Reds have been lambasted for their inability to create chances without Philippe Coutinho. Against Arsenal, they put that narrative to bed. Four unanswered goals with neither Coutinho nor Adam Lallana suggest Jurgen Klopp's men have more than enough firepower to cope.

The want-away Brazilian is reportedly out with a back injury, although many believe that is just a coup by the player to force the club's hand in transferring him.
Thrashing a top six rival usually implies a club is a title contender. Without Coutinho, Liverpool were able to muster ten shots on target. With Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal were unable to counter at all. Liverpool completed two-thirds of its passes in Arsenal's half. They counterattacked with lightning speed. Arsenal simply couldn't live with the Reds' incisive passing and silky touches anywhere on the pitch.

Goodbye Alexis, Goodbye Ox?



Arsenal fans are well and truly tired with the Alexis Sanchez saga. Still, they'd all be sad to see the Chilean abandon the club. It would be a fitting end, however, to a torrid time at Arsenal for the 28-year old's last game in Arsenal colours to be a 4-0 drubbing at Anfield. With only a few days left of the transfer window, it may be time for Arsene Wenger to reluctantly let his prized asset go.

As for the Ox, fans would not be so teary-eyed seeing the Englishman pack his bags. After rejecting a £180,000-a-week contract offer, the Ox responded by putting in a woeful (yes, out of position) performance at Anfield.
This may be the last time we see either player. If so, what a sorry finale it was.
Mathaeus Abuwa

Arsenal fan with ample amounts of passion for both Cristiano Ronaldo & Real Madrid. I'm one of those bandwagonist hipster fans that will claim to know everything about football, but only watches the El Clasico outside of the Premier League. Forgive me, I'm trying. Oh yeah, #WengerOut. 


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