Arsenal hosted Liverpool in a 0-0 draw. An entertaining game, with great saves from the goalkeepers but with little quality otherwise saw week three in the Premier League come to a close.
Liverpool started the game well and dominated early on. They had a chance come off the crossbar and a chance just go wide, but Arsenal started getting into the game more, and they scored through Aaron Ramsey, however it was ruled offside, incorrectly that is. Honestly, it was a terrible decision, the quality of the officiating hasn’t improved and if any looks to be getting worse.
After that offside goal, it was all Liverpool. Christian Benteke had a glorious opportunity to score from close range, but somehow managed to just direct the shot straight to Petr Cech. It was a decent save by Cech but in all honestly Benteke made it easy for him.
Cech was called into action again, as he made a fine save from Philippe Coutinho, whose shot looked to be dipping into the top corner, getting his fingertips to it and putting it onto the post. He was also called into action a couple more times.
0-0 at half-time.
The second half got off to a lively start as well, this time Arsenal were the team on top. Simon Mignolet was forced to make some fantastic saves of his own.
Both sides feel they should have had a penalty. The first penalty claim was for Arsenal, it looked like Olivier Giroud was pushed, just stopping him from getting his shot away. It would have had to have been a red card as well, as it was right in front of goal. Replays showed Giroud was going down before the push by Dejan Lovren, you have to question why though, if he had stayed up he would have scored.
The second penalty claim was for a foul on Benteke. As the ball was crossed into the box, Benteke went to challenge for the ball, only to be blocked by Gabriel. I don’t think the way Benteke fell to his knees helped, but to be honest I have sympathy, if he stayed up he would have got nothing.
Honestly, these tussles in the box have got to start being given, they are getting worse and more and more common now.
Arsene Wenger brought on Theo Walcott with around 20 minutes to go and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain with around 10 minutes to go. These changes should have been made earlier, especially the Oxlade-Chamberlain one.
The quality from both teams at times was not there, poor passing and poor decision making. Given the poor defending, the attacking talent on the pitch should have been able to do more. That being said however, both the goalkeepers made some fine saves that kept their side in the match when the pressure was on, and therefore I believe the man of the match award should go to both Cech and Mignolet. Their performances were the best performances on the pitch, the only ones who can say they did their job properly and more.
As cliche as it sounds, it really was a game of two halves.
Arsenal had 19 shots, 16 of which came in the second half, while Liverpool had 15 shots, 11 of which came in the first half.