An Arsenal team with a strong contingent of young players competed in a thrilling 10 goal classic at Anfield last night, only to face the heartache of losing in a penalty shoot-out.
Apart from the pens I thoroughly enjoyed the match. It was full of mistakes and dodgy defending from both sides, but the attacking verve made it an irresistible spectacle.
I don’t believe the performance or the result have any real bearing on our season. The Carabao Cup was far from our top priority and last night’s goalfest was a splendid one-off.
It almost seemed as if both coaches had sent their teams out to go for goal at all costs and to hell with everything else. If they did, only Klopp was smiling about it throughout the game. It may have been my imagination but he even seemed to be smiling when the Arsenal goals went in.
There were strong positives for Arsenal, particularly in the performances of Martinelli, Ozil and Willock.
Below are the thoughts of some of the AA bloggers. The overwhelming view seems to have been that everyone enjoyed the game as great entertainment.
Now that we’ve all slept on it, is the gloss beginning to rub off, or are we still basking in the glow of all that cut-and-thrust attacking? Answers in comments, please…
Having led twice by a 2 goal margin and winning with 1 minute remaining I am a bit gutted but not too upset. This was never the most important thing for us this year.
Many positives but also pointers towards where we need to improve. We have a lot of potential. Just need to harness it and work out the right combinations in the squad. Over to you Unai.
A fantastic game of football as both teams went for it. Shame we couldn’t hold on but it’s a silly competition anyway
Oh ffs. Was actually really needing a gritty win, and to have won 5-4 at Anfield in front of their own fans, even against their second string team would have been just what the doctor ordered.
(The Real) John Matthews, Legend
Wonderful game, mistakes and all…
I hope that the fans leave Embers alone today. It was a brilliant game and let’s face it there were many good things coming from the game.
Great advert for the kids playing in this cup. Well, apart from the defenders! we should’ve won really but it’s no surprise that we can’t hold leads. It seems our most exciting performances are going to be in the EL this season as it’s only when the youngsters are involved that we are worth a watch.
Loved it. Worst bit was Klopp smiling.
Perhaps because it’s not that important a competition, I really enjoyed that despite the result.
Feel sad for Emery though – he could have done with that win.
Entertainment at it’s best, unless of course you like 0-0 to the Arsenal.
Bloody hell.. was it too much to ask to hang on, with like a minute left?!! Arghhh!!!!!!
How refreshing to watch a game without VAR.
Martinelli – proper striker.
Martinez – 4
Bellerin – 5
Mustafi – 4
Holding – 4
Kola – 5
AMN – 6
Torreira – 7
Willock – 6
Ozil – 7
Saka – 5
Martinelli – 8
Douzi – 5
Ceba – 4
Tierney – 4