TOP OF THE TABLE CLASHES ARE BACK

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It’s BIG game eve. Are you nervous?  Yeah, me too. But good nervous. These consequential games at the top of the table are the type I never thought we’d be around again.

Arsenal vs Liverpool. Home advantage to us. No one has any idea how the game is going to shake out because we’re both world-class sides.

There was a little bit of disappointment pre-game. Thomas Partey’s issue he picked up in training has extended out to him missing the game. It’s not serious, so he’ll be about for the run-in. You just have to remind yourself you can NEVER rely on Thomas Partey for anything. The man is Abou Diaby part II. It’s a sad way for a professional to go, especially one with no injuries during his time at Atleti. There is no doubt that we need to find a player who can do the things he can PLUS stay fit all season. I really hope we’re plucking from the Premier League this summer.

Still, that doesn’t stop us doing bad things to Liverpool. One of the most productive teams in the league has been largely controlled by Arsenal in the last two games despite the big W not coming out way. The luck has to change at some point, so if we go out tomorrow and play like we did in the cup, anything is possible.

We had Jorginho in the side and we battered them for an house. We also had Kai Havertz as a number 9 and he played really well. I’d be shocked if we don’t see Kai in the starting 11, his power, speed, and aggression could be really additive to the game. He should also be in great shape because he had a little rest last week.

This is a game that we’ll get big chances, Liverpool will offer us space at times, the only thing we have to deal with is their exceptional keeper.

Big games need heroes, they need magic, and they need a bit of luck. Our front three needs to deliver some xG monstering.  I can’t be watching Gabriel Jesus falling over chances, Bukayo and Martinelli to play at their peak, and the whole team needs to take more responsibility for being killers.

The consequences are massive for the league. Lose, it’s over. Win, it’s on. Draw, it’s back to doubt. I think the mathematicians in the fan base would disagree, but from a feelings perspective, and a general narrative, it’ll be really hard to bounce back from a loss.

I’m still maintaining that Manchester City are the big dogs in this race, I think Liverpool will run out of steam, and at some point, doing it for the boss will wear thin. We just need to keep pace.

I want Arsenal to be in that mixer because I want Arteta to show the world the rebuild people thought was OTT was necessary and that it’ll work. I want the underlying performance metrics to be recognized by real world results. I want to see Arsenal have the first breakout performance of 2024.

I am fine with a Manchester City-like slow start… but we have to finish with a bang. Win this game, we have a lovely run of matches up until the Manchester City away day at the end of the month.

Winning here makes everything better.

Let’s see what the boys have.

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goona

Now keep switched on

andy1886

Wow – Dodgy keeper! Hahaha

Aaron

Tross the boss delivered the goods!

Oh yeah…

TR7

Trossard is an output machine

LoveSausage

Fucking brilliant by Tross the boss!

Raptora – again, screw your voodoo stream. I’m a minute behind with Peacock.

TheLegendaryDB10

That’s how you seal a game!!

Guns of SF

Tross the boss Meg attack

Useroz

Ok.. Calm down

Still 4 mins to go

Cmon..

MidwestGun

Whoooohooo hooo what a game.. what a game.

London gunner

Tross is better than hazard let’s not lie about it

Thierry Martinelli

Tross the Boss

rollen

Finally we beat them!

Wardo

I just went nuts and my GF said I’m not normal lol

Fucking get in

Dissenter

It’s not over yet

Useroz

VVD delfected Trossards shot a fraction hahaha

Luteo Guenreira

Yes Trossard!!! Nutmeg

Arteta loving it

Guns of SF

Hazard>?

Useroz

Havertz calm down you hv done well today

2 mins

rollen

This is what we do to get stadium rocking!

Matt

Well deserved MOTM for Jorghino. He has been superb

Berg10kamp

Tactical masterclass from Arteta. Should be 3 nil.

goona

Just keep the fucking ball

Dissenter

Why’s the referee giving out yelllow cards like candy

Ref has had a good game
Possible the best game he’s ever officiated

raptora

Big win but can’t help but feel that the big winner today is the team with 2 games to play.

Useroz

C’mon

1 minute

Habesha Gooner

Havertz has been massive today. Fantastic game.

rollen

Wtf Havertz fight Van Dick not the poor linesman lol

Paulinho

So satisfying to beat those chancers. Never once been impressed by them this season. Another team getting by without having any real discernable quality in terms of collective play.

Useroz

We are the ARSENAL

YESSS

goona

Get in great result superb

Wardo

We were the better team today

What I love is we kept up the fight after half time. What mentality. What strength. What a team.

Fucking hell. We’ve done it

TR7

“Tross is better than hazard let’s not lie about it”

Do you mean to say Eden fucking Hazard? The guy was only behind Messi, Neymar, Suarez and Iniesta in terms of producing quality football. No comparison really even though I really like Trossard.

rollen

Absolutely City is big favorite to win PL.

Aaron

it is okay, the ref will give the fans a yellow too today.

Who cares..

Onwards and upwards..
COYG

Marko

So one of the main differences I noticed today and unsurprising to me was how much better we looked on the whole and it was without the inverted fullback nonsense.

Long may it continue.

Chrispy

Quite a good result that

MidwestGun

Unreal.. 3 points.. feels like the season just started .. now. It’s game on for the season. Was a ball of nerves before this one.

Marti, Ode, Rice, Jorginho.. all brilliant today. So happy right now..

LoveSausage

Massive result!

rollen

Theo and Loreal needs to come to every big game.

karim

What a game, title charge still alive !

Guns of SF

great win phew

salparadisenyc

Best result of the season with performance to match GET THE FUCK IN lads.

Habesha Gooner

We are in this race. We aren’t going away. Yeaaah.

raptora

Jorginho MotM for me too. But the team as a whole played deserved it.

We outplayed them convincingly. They had maybe 10-15 good mins in the whole game. We had thrice that.

Hence the 3-1 being a fair result albeit the goals were mostly a result of huge mistakes.

rollen

Klopp last game at Emirates, nice sending off!

LoveSausage

Martinelli MOTM with Rice and Jorginho as runners up.

TheLegendaryDB10

Yes!! Yes!!! Yes!!!

Great win!!!!

London Is Red!!!

local

Some stupid yellows from our side but a great win

TR7

Much needed win. I still can’t see past City especially with KDB back in their team but at least we are still in the race.

Karsa

Who can’t win the league.

What a fantastic performance and result.

rollen

Great result but this was our chanse to absolutely crush them and revenge all this hammering we got last few years.

China1

Jorginho and Martinelli were amazing. Rice was really good. Raya was good apart from the mixup in the goal

One player who caught my eye tho was kiwior. Thought he really looked the part in the second half

raptora

Jorginho was playing the passes between the lines that only Zinchenko was supposed to be able to make. Superb.

goona

Havertz was top notch…thats his best position ..maybe best game for us

MidwestGun

Think I lost my voice screaming at the tv… when Marti scored that second goal.. hahaha I know my neighbors think I’m a mental case.

Madhu

Brilliant performance and a deserved massive win. Arteta got it perfectly tactically. Subbing Kiwior for Zin was effective. Great win , onward and upwards.

Marko

Credit to Jorginho he was impeccable today. Forward thinking always with his passing

Dolomite

Not sure who my MOTM is….

Havertz or JORGINHO

Great games from both

bendabrah

We have outplayed Liverpool each time we have played them this season. We finally get the result we deserve.

That was a masterclass

raptora

Havertz is a CF as I’ve been repeating since day one. We’ve beat City 2/2 and Pool 1/1 with him leading the line.

Habesha Gooner

Jorginho, Odegaard, Rice, Havertz and Martinelli with Monstrous performances. Great that we aren’t going to give in easily.

MidwestGun

Jorginho had a throwback game for the ages. Can’t remember one thing he did wrong.. and was pinging the ball around.

goona

Come on Brentford

salparadisenyc

Big performances today, our Mid was quality with Jorginho giving it more cutting edge MOTM for me, Rice legendary what an egine and Øde in first half was mental real captain peformance overall from him.

Special shoutout to shithouse himself King Kai.

raptora

Marti bullying old man VVD is surely the highlight of the game. One for the ages.

Madhu

Agreed Jorgi had a brilliant game. Havertz as well and may be a case to play Jorgi for big games. Worth the 12 M that we spent on him.

TT

Well fuck me that was a game and a half. Liverpool, like Forrest have been a big boogie teem for us and its good to put that to bed.

Leftside

I have the privilege of being able to attend every game and I can say that is the best atmosphere this season. What a performance today.

We are truly in the race and can never be counted out. COYG

Tom

Well deserved.
It really should’ve been over first half.

Rich

I’ll never be mad at players for trying to play and be brave from the back against the press, and under pressure… I get there’s a fine line between bravery + naivety, but we need our players to brave at the back. We were by far the best team in the first half, not much in it in the 2nd half, but the big moments went for us. Jorginho the best 3rd choice No6 in football, we’d be crazy not to take the option in his contract, he’s got pace to lose… Rice was quietly brilliant, his ability to shut… Read more »

Gazza

Jorginho masterclass midfield performance

Sakablyat

Kai and Jorginho motm for me, great performance

Socrates

How good were Kai and Jorgi though

DaveB666

Oh that felt good.

COYG!

TT

Link to on the whistle anyone?

raptora

Leftside, good shit man!

Marky Mark

Last comment timed out … so annoying!
Good old Arsenal! Up the Gunners!

TR7

Jorginho obviously very good today but Liverpool midfield is really basic. Not much guile/craft in there. I was only worried about Trent Arnold and Jota…we dealt well with the duo.

raptora

TT, probably on Patreon.

Hermes

I hate to admit it, we were wrong and harsh on subs.

Chris

Massssssssive win!

We’re all in on this title race!

raptora

I’m very impressed with the sub Mikel did at half time. Not sure if Zina had a problem, I hope not, cause that sub was superb. Kiwior played very well.

Madhu

Today we probably have to forget what Gaby Mag did. It’s that kind of a day. But he has got be careful. He could have had a second yellow.

Habesha Gooner

Jorginho has been worth the 12 mil we have paid for him. So many great performances in big games. Wouldn’t mind if an extension is triggered given we properly replace Partey. He is the best insurance policy that you can have.

PS

Hope the team keeps the positivity and remembers you have to fight to win, even against ‘lowly’ opponents.

No good doing well against ‘ bigger’ teams, then fu@k it up.

Good mentality not to let that poor goal at end of first half to affect them.

Looks like we could get second.

Still need Man City and Liverpool to mess up a few times, without ourselves doing the same, to be champions

raptora

Fat arse Harvey Elliott failing to keep up with Tross’ pace when he scored is another interesting highlight from tonight’s game.

Josip Skoblar

Massive win!!! Jorginho, Trossard and Martinelli were magnificent today.
Lots of errors (both sides). Becker had a shocking game. We are definitely back in track! COYG!

Josip Skoblar

*on track

MidwestGun

It’s going to take awhile to come down from the adrenaline rush from that one. Huge Ivan Toney fan now for about 26 hours.

Berg10kamp

I think Raya was class today and showed why he starts over ramsdale, I love rambo but raya gives us more attacking threat.

Berg10kamp

Jorginho should definitely get a 1 year extension

Josip Skoblar

Why do I have to enter my email address and name each time I post despite having saved them? It wasn’t like that before. Annoying.

MidwestGun

Also, Chelsea.. just…. hahahaha

That is all.

Hermes

Theo, Giroud and now Toure.

What is happening today?
Did the boys needed motivation?

IAT-Robbie

What a game, absolutely buzzing. This was Jorginho’s best match in an Arsenal shirt since his arrival.

Bilbo

Kolo’s not the smartest tool in the box, is he? Legend though!

Gazza

Awful ref 10 yellows ffs not a dirty game

Pierre

I had a feeling that we would beat liverpool today. What I liked about our wins v city and liverpool was the way we played the ball long and deep into the opposition half instead of fannying around with it at the back, it shows that Arteta is learning that there are different ways to win a football match Havertz is the key when playing long and having 2 or 3 players around him to pick up the loose ball. Havertz doesn’t win a lot of flick ons but he is good at making life difficult for the centre backs… Read more »

Fingers crossed

Arsenal’s dominance in a stat
Arsenal’s total of 3.52 expected goals was the highest xG Liverpool have faced in a Premier League game since such data was recorded.

This was on sky sports, I thought xG….fuck me Pedro gets every way lol

Fingers crossed

Arsenal’s dominance in a stat
Arsenal’s total of 3.52 expected goals was the highest xG Liverpool have faced in a Premier League game since such data was recorded.

This was on sky sports….I thought fuck me Pedro gets everywhere….he’s like the matrix