Liverpool tore apart Arsenal with their tactically fast paced football as the front 4 of Suarez, Sturridge, Coutinho and Sterling was too hard to handle for Arsenal’s stable defense line. Here are the player ratings for the game:
Liverpool started like a house on fire and led inside 60 seconds and refused to let up from there. Skrtel twice was left alone to finish well from set pieces and punished Arsenal, while the home team have absolutely bossed the midfield zone.
First to win second balls, first to make interceptions and certainly working the harder as a unit to press Arsenal, Liverpool created a succession of chances through out-battling their opponents.
Per Mertesacker – 3/10
Per Mertesacker set the tone for today’s Arsenal performance with a lax start to proceedings, failing to notice Luis Suarez closing on the ball and fouling the Uruguayan. The free kick led to Martin Skrtel’s goal in the opening minute, and neither Mertesacker nor his team recovered.
Laurent Koscielny – 5/10
Laurent Koscielny has worked tremendously well with Per Mertesacker this season, but like so many Arsenal players his head seemed to go upon his team conceding early.
Bacary Sagna – 4/10
The Gunners’ right back may have been waiting to see if his team can genuinely challenge for trophies this season, but performances like today’s showed the north London outfit may be the same as ever.
Nacho Monreal – 3/10
Nacho Monreal was clearly targeted as a weak point in the Arsenal side, with Liverpool converging on him and playing the ball into the space vacated behind him.
Mikel Arteta – 2/10
Mathieu Flamini’s suspension for his dreadful tackle against Southampton now seems all the more foolish, for nominal holding midfielder Mikel Arteta offered almost zero protection to the Arsenal defence.
Jack Wilshere – 5/10
Received praise for getting into individual battles with the Liverpool team, but Jack Wilshere needed to show composure, accurate distribution and his usual incisive dribbling for Arsenal to get anything out of the game.
Santi Cazorla – 3/10
Santi Cazorla is believed to be in the team ahead of Lukas Podolski because of his passing, movement and work rate.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 5/10
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain kept running throughout, and offered more help to Bacary Sagna at right back than Santi Cazorla on the opposite side, but gave the ball away far too often and was rarely able to penetrate the Liverpool back line.
Mesut Ozil – 3/10
Comfortably Mesut Ozil’s worst ever game for Arsenal. The German gave the ball away for two of Liverpool’s first half goals, and could not find the creative touch or pass he is so renowned for.
Olivier Giroud – 4/10
Olivier Giroud barely received any service at all, but the few times he did get the ball he often miscontrolled, passed to Liverpool or had an ambitious shot blocked.