Arsenal 0 Liverpool 2
I was not confident about this fixture before the game started. I was justified in my pessimism.
The referee was poor. After 45 seconds Theo was through on the right, and was shoved in the back by a Liverpool defender. No foul. From this point on I watched as decision after decision went Liverpool's way. Frimpong got booked for what appeared to be a good tackle, Walcott was fouled again. Play on and then the referee gave Walcott a talking to for dissent. 11 vs. 12 yet again.
Szczesny was great, Kos had to go off with a back injury, Jenkinson was ok, and as the game went on got forward more and more. TV5 was imperious, and Miquel had a pretty decent showing. On some other forums the Arsene Out brigade are blaming him for the first goal! The first goal should never have been allowed to stand. A Liverpool player was offside, but the referee was never going to give a critical decision in our favour. By the time the goal came, we were down to 10 men (sound familiar?) when Frimpong (who put in a good shift) was sent off for a second yellow card. Liverpool's second goal was offside as well. Ramsey had a very quiet game (apart from the OG), Nasri was good in the first half but faded slightly in the second. Our front 3 werre fairly anonymous. RVP got no service, Walcott didn't really take on any defenders, and Arshavin looked up for it, but had one of those games where very little went for him.
We face Udinese on Wednesday with a squad heavily depleted through injuries. Gibbs, Traore, Kos, JD, TR7, Jack and Diaby all injured, but I hope that we will play better than in the first leg