Premiership: Liverpool 1 – Arsenal 1

Posted: October 29, 2007 in Arsenal, Arsene, Cesc Fabregas, EPL, Premiership

Gerrard (8)
Fabregas (80)

Match Gunner: Cesc Fabregas

A respectable draw from Anfield.

Game started with just one change from the side that beat Slavia Prague in the midweek. Rosicky coming on for Walcott and we went for a 4-5-1 formation with Hleb supporting Adebayor as the lone frontman.
Liverpool though went with; on paper, an attacking formation. Torres, Voronin and Kuyt spearheading a 4-3-3 formation. It was a different story on the field though.

Only the second minute, and Carragher brings down Adebayor with a sliding tackle. That should have been a free kick at the very least but obviously the ref’s view is blocked and it is not given. Adebayor would have been clear on goal. Carragher gets a knock on his head from Riise’s trailing boot as scant payback.

5th minute and Gerrard bombs forward after dispossessing Flamini and rifles a shot in. Almunia parries it and Fabregas hacks down Alonso who was waiting at the edge of the box. Free kick. Riise and Gerrard stands over the ball as the wall is being set up. Somehow, the wall opens up as Gerrard fires a low shot in. It goes in and we are down 1-0. Cesc should never have tried to charge down the shot with a Liverpool player blocking his way.

Cesc plays a nice ball to Adebayor. Good work from Reina prevented any damage to the Liverpool goal. Apart from that, Cesc’s first half so far been quite torrid. His touch is not there and he is being dispossed left, right and centre. This game was being played at a very high tempo. Suits Arsenal just fine. Several chances for Adebayor who seems a bit lost today and Arsenal was playing the kind of football they are known for. Quick, short, one touch. Kolo had his usual rampage up fron t and would have gotten a goal if Adebayor’s pass back was not so poo.

Liverpool had a good effort on goal by Gerrard and an equally good save from Almunia maintained the one goal disadvantage.

Halftime approached and Torres looked mighty uncomfortable. He was subbed and in came Crouch, the tormentor in the corresponding fixture last year. He makes a good shot and Almunia makes a good fingertip save to deny him. Over at the other end, our best chance came when Eboue bangs one in the near post from the right as he so often does after charging to the box. It bounces of the post and onto a wide open Cesc. He had acres of space and loads of time. He decides to take it first time and it balloons over the bar. Oh, how frustrating.

Mascherano’s two footed tackle is dealt leniently with only a yellow card. Fair. They are the home team after all.
Rosicky, Clichy and Eboue depart. Walcott, Bendtner and Gilberto comes in. Crouch had been a handful so far so I guess Gilberto has been brought in to contain him. Going back to a more traditional 4-4-2 .

Cesc is brought down in the box by the arm pulling Carragher. Once again, as in the Everton game, the ref ignores it.
No matter, a nice through ball by Hleb finds the run by Cesc and Cesc toe pokes it straight into the net past Reina’s near post. Sweet goal and he goes bonkers running to the visiting fans to celebrate. Cue a yellow card.

1-1 and we were going for the win. Last golden chance as a pass by Hleb found Cesc. His curling shot hit the same post as Eboue’s did a while back and once again it fell invitingly to a Arsenal player. This time, Bendtner. Same story. Open goal but bad finish off a rebounding ball.

That’s how it finished in the end. Gallas and Hleb had a good game too. Well chuffed for Almunia who managed several good saves. A good result for the lads. A draw at Anfield?? I’d take it.

Gerrard is not satisfied. The picture tells the whole story.

Cesc too.

We played well, but it’s [the result] that matters in the end. I’m disappointed because I feel that we actually deserved to go home with the three points.

It is an overall consensus that the lads did well in this test of sorts. Our mental strength this season is phenomenal. Another goal scored in the final section of the match. There is real hunger in the team. You can see that they hate to lose and everyone’s committed to the common goal. Is this in part to Gallas leadership, Cesc’s maturity or Henry’s departure? Whatever the reason, it sure is good times for all Arsenal fans. A great result to boost the lads before Man Utd comes a visiting.

Wenger: I have always been very confident of what we could achieve this season…and now we have convinced a few more people

  1. CW Woo says:

    haih,as alwiz,ur site selalu takde olang kasi comment,mungkin mereka tak biasa visit blogs kut.
    really really great n beautiful n free flow football by arsenal! but too bad i’m a fowler’s fan

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