Liverpool’s 100 percent start to the season ended with a hard-fought goalless draw against top-four rivals Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Monday.
Having wrongly been denied an Aaron Ramsey goal by an errant offside flag early on, Arsenal bounced back from an error-strewn opening 45 minutes, to apply increasing pressure to the Liverpool penalty area after the interval, but ultimately without reward.
Replay is now only used for goal-line technology, as the Hawk-Eye system has been praised for its speed and effectiveness.
“At the end of the day we should have been 1-0 up”. But the linesman thought it was offside. “The officials have a split second to make a decision so I respect that and the challenge that their job brings”, he said.
Brendan Rodgers talked up his side’s tactics ahead of the game which centred mostly around manipulation of space rather than ball-oriented play which was evident as Liverpool created twice the number of chances Arsenal created in the first half despite their low possession rate. They do it really well.
“He wanted to give it a go, but you could see he was limited in his running”. “Football can learn something from that”.
Petr Cech endured a miserable home debut when Arsenal were beaten by West Ham, but the former Chelsea goalkeeper produced an outstanding save to tip Coutinho’s effort against the woodwork and another to deny Christian Benteke.
After the break it was a different story as the hosts looked for their first away win of the season, but to no avail. We were pushing for the goal and a couple of times left ourselves open.
After the first 15 minutes it was hard to work out how the match remained without a goal as both sides indulged in some suicidal defending.
“He did a good job as he kept us in the game in important moments, that’s what you expect from him“. We wanted to get something to keep the run going and I think we can be happy with the way we played.
The game started off with Liverpool all but taking the lead. “Of course it is a new partnership and they have to settle, that is understandable”.
“It was in a period of the game when we had the most problems defensively but it is a regular goal, I cant see why it was cancelled – it was clear”.
The 18-year-old is delighted with his opportunity and says that he wants to feature more often for the first team, but admits that he needs to be patient and wait for his chance. We need to continue like this and the goals will come. “We had the chances but we are still missing a little bit of a spontaneous attitude to finish what we start well”, continued Wenger.
He added: “We can take a leaf out of rugby’s book”.