Arsenal continue to struggle in big games
Well, at least it wasn't quite as bad as their last trip to Anfield; they weren't 4-0 down after 20 minutes after all. Regardless, Arsenal were terrible on Sunday. They barely got close to Liverpool in the first half and should've been behind at half time. How they ended up leading the game is frankly bizarre, given that they barely had any of the ball and struggled to create many clear chances.
Giroud is defying his doubters
All summer, we were
treated to punished with a number of different transfer rumours surrounding who Arsenal should sign in attack after fans grew impatient with Olivier Giroud. Of course, the Gunners did eventually sign Danny Welbeck from Manchester United for £16m, but Giroud has returned from a three-month layoff with a bang, scoring again on Sunday after two goals against Newcastle last weekend. The Frenchman ghosted in unmarked to turn Santi Cazorla's cross in, and continues to look sharp in front of goal.
The Gunners need more out of Alexis Sanchez
One of Arsenal's problems in attack was Sanchez. Now, the Chilean has been superb this season, of which there can be no doubt. Yet against Liverpool he was completely anonymous, completely shackled by defender Mamadou Sakho. Sanchez was brought in to be a big game player, but against the Reds, he floundered - just as he did against Chelsea earlier this season.
A defensive leader is still needed
This has been a never ending saga it seems, but against Liverpool it was blatantly obvious. All Arsenal had to do was defend a 96th minute corner and they'd leave with a fortunate three points. In came the cross, and chaos ensued. Calum Chambers wasn't even close to Martin Skrtel as he headed home, Per Mertesacker - all 6ft 6in of him - ducked out of the way whilst Kieran Gibbs left his position on the post. Just one bit of organisation and leadership would've seen Arsenal win the game, but once again they were found wanting.
Round pegs in round holes, Arsene
One of the defensive problems was strange in itself. Fans wanted to see Calum Chambers playing at centre back, where he has looked more comfortable this season, with Mathieu Debuchy - a right back - moved from the centre to the right. Seems fairly logical, right? Well, not to Wenger.
He started Chambers at right back and Debuchy at centre back. Chambers was run ragged by Lazar Markovic for large spells whilst Debuchy was sent on a merry dance by Philippe Coutinho for the opener. Odd choice from Wenger, who needs to play his players in their best positions - though after playing Mesut Ozil on the left wing for a number of games at the start of this season, maybe we shouldn't be holding our breath.