So the season finally began for us and to be honest it was a tough away fixture. Playing Liverpool at Anfield is difficult even with the full squad, but we were already without Cesc, RVP and Song, who are the soul of our team. Then there was the dreadful thing which happened, to see Almunia in goal and on top of that he was given the armband.
I think we did start brightly and held the ball well during the first half. Nasri for me was playing brilliantly and Diaby and Wilshere were giving him able support. Despite the possesion about 58% we were not incisive in the first half and although we got free kicks in dangerous positions, nothing came out of them. Liverpool on the other hand, were defending deep and in numbers, cutting the supply to Chamakh, who for most of the first half, did nothing to attract my attention. He did not win any of the aerial balls thrown towards him, but fair play to the guy, he was still trying and it was his first game.
Gerrard made a bad tackle on Eboue, and went unbooked. Wilshere made a tackle on cole and he was rightfully booked and then cole made a lunge on Koscielny and was shown straight red. Koscielny was in agony and i was praying he did not have a serious injury or something. So, Liverpool finished the first half with 10 men.
The second half began and to my amazement, our players were complacent from the start, playing casually which led to their goal. JW sprayed a pass and Ngog beat the deadful Almunia on the near post. Yes, the defence erred but Almunia should have saved this one. for the next 10-15 minutes, we were absolute shite and playing as if we were the team with one man less. Liverpool were happy to defend and were trying to catch us on the break.
The manager brought Walcott and Rosicky and they had a quick impact, especially Rosicky was quick and sharp on the ball and provided the creative spark we were missing. The manager further brought in Van Persie in place of Diaby and we kept trying for the goal. Rosicky had a brilliant effort on the goal which Reina Saved. Walcott also had a free kick saved by Reina.
Finally the goal arrived, a cross came into the box and Chamakh went for it and forced Reina into making an unusual mistake. To be honest, i felt if Fabianski was playing in their goal. Anyways we got the goal, and to be fair, draw is what we deserved. The match stats show we had some 62% possession which is huge considering we were playing away at Anfield.
Zonal marking, Arsenaloffside and David pleat have said good thing about Nasri, to which i agree in some part. He was good.
Almunia- Poor on the goal, and lacked any command in his box- 4.0
Sagna- Was defending well, moved forward and gave Eboue good support. Should work on his crossing -5.0
Koscielny- Was good and kept things tidy, will feel hard done, to be sent off on debut,- 5.0
Vermaelen- Solid as rock, kept going forward. – 5.5
Clichy- He was not upto his usual standards, quite a few spray passes – 4.5
Wilshere- Good for a debut, was the one at fault for the goal- 5.0
Diaby- Was solid and shielded the defence well. ALthough trying too many touches at times -5.5
Eboue- Very good going forward, high workrate. Was disappointed to be subbed – 5.0
Nasri- The midfield fulcrum, did everything right, should work on his free kicks and corners- 6.5
Arshavin- Relatively anonymous on one of his favourite grounds – 5.0
Chamakh- Should work harder, finally his efforts led to the goal though- 6.0