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An Early Statement
This weekend provides an opportunity for Liverpool to make an early statement about their credentials this season.
Liverpool still hold title ambitions after season’s of failure, and Arsenal are in a similar scenario. Both clubs go into the season looking at a title, but both seem to have fragile confidence that is dented by the first bad run of form.
For that psychological reason, this weekend’s Arsenal v Liverpool game could be more important than it appears. Both teams were held to a point this weekend by teams they were expected to beat, and both teams are hoping for new signings to gel and hit form sooner rather than later.
Toughen up Arsene
So a new season has begun and the more things change, the more they stay the same. Arsenal dominated possession in their 0-0 draw at Newcastle United.
The same flaws that meant the Gunners ended up with no trophies last season were visible all over again. The Gunners were aesthetically pleasing, and looked good passing the ball around for long spells but lacked a cutting edge.
Sadly for Arsenal fans it is unlikely to change, as improving performance is yet again not the focus of Arsene Wenger. He has been sidetracked into a petty schoolyard debate about “who started it” between Gervinho and Joey Barton.
Arsenal lost 0-3 to Chelsea at Emirates Stadium in the previous fixture. Can the Gunners return the favor and beat the Blues at Stamford Bridge?
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger’s men will surely seek to exploit the set-piece situation when they meet league leaders Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. The Blues have exposed their frailties in that area of discipline yet again with a 1-1 draw against lowly Hull midweek. Hull’s goal came off a corner kick.
Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti said in a post match interview that the result against Hull “was a good result for us,…I’m not disappointed.”
Not disappointed with a draw against 18th place Hull? Not disappointed with a draw against an inferior team that effectively stalled Chelsea’s progress toward the title?
This is surely the mother of all spin controls.