Their front three – Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah – all got themselves on the scoresheet during the convincing win at Anfield.
Liverpool returned to Premier League action for a first heavyweight clash of the season against Arsene Wenger’s side seeking a fourth consecutive win in all competitions.
They keep 68% possession, compared to 59% for the Reds and their pass success % is also higher at 86% vs 79% this season.
Why would Sanchez stay at Arsenal?
Wenger has made a decision to include Alexis Sanchez in his starting line-up.
Liverpool’s 5-1 victory over the Gunners in 2014 was a sore one for Arsenal fans and the 3-3 draw two seasons later wasn’t much better. I’m not sure. Will I be more happy?
Minutes later, home midfielder Emre Can nearly found the flawless pass for Salah, running in behind the Arsenal defence, only for the ball to just drift beyond him. “We managed to do just that towards the end of the Leicester game when he came on and I tried to play my game in and around him”.
Wenger was unable to pinpoint a specific area that let Arsenal down.
Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy believes Alexis Sanchez would choose to join the Reds over Arsenal if given a choice at this juncture. Salah was on the same wavelength as his team-mate and free to receive at the far post, but the Egyptian’s close-range effort was blocked by the only Arsenal player to emerge from this defeat with any credit, goalkeeper Petr Cech.
“Blame us, shout at us, criticize us, but I’m also very disappointed about today’s game”, Ozil wrote.
Usually Liverpool-Arsenal games are high-scoring encounters but such one-sided outcomes are rare indeed and going into the global break, there are plenty of issues Arsene Wenger will have to address.
‘We were not fighting, not running enough.
He added: “We wanted to show it today, we wanted to prove to ourselves, we wanted to be spot on from the first second, we wanted to show our desire, we wanted to show our greed and we wanted to show our ambitions against a very strong side”. But I think both the teams are too even to call it either way.
“If you give Arsenal time, space and the opportunity to do what they want then you’ve already lost before the game starts. It was clear that it would be hard and we defended really well”.