Ref analysis- Arsenal have won only 1 of their last 6 under referee for Liverpool EFL Cup clash

The referee for Arsenal’s League Cup clash against Liverpool has been announced as Kevin Friend, but the Gunners’ recent record under him doesn’t exactly make for good reading! The 49-year-old Friend will be assisted by Adrian Holmes and Simon Beck, with Paul Tierney as the fourth official.

In their last six games with Friend in the middle, Arsenal have won only one. It’s the exact opposite with Liverpool- they’ve lost only one of their last six games that Friend has refereed.

Arsenal record under Kevin Friend | Last 6 games | all competitions

Everton 0-0 Arsenal (2019/20 Premier League)

Manchester United 1-1 Arsenal (2019/20 Premier League)

Everton 1-0 Arsenal (2018/19 Premier League)

Arsenal 3-1 Burnley (2018/19 Premier League)

Manchester United 2-1 Arsenal (2017/18 Premier League)

Bournemouth 2-1 Arsenal (2017/18 Premier League)

Liverpool recent record under Kevin Friend

Liverpool 4-0 Southampton (2019/20 Premier League)

Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool (2019/20 Premier League)

Liverpool 5-0 Huddersfield (2018/19 Premier League)

West Ham 1-1 Liverpool (2018/19 Premier League)

Brighton 0-1 Liverpool (2018/19 Premier League)

Liverpool 1-2 Chelsea (2018/19, EFL Cup)

Liverpool’s last defeat under Friend, as you can see above, was in the EFL Cup two seasons ago- they lost 2-1 to Chelsea. Continue reading “Ref analysis- Arsenal have won only 1 of their last 6 under referee for Liverpool EFL Cup clash”

Crucial Lacazette miss, Pepe’s poor corners, Bellerin’s foul throws & more- Talking Points from Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal

Arsenal suffered their first defeat of the new Premier League season as they went down 3-1 to defending champions Liverpool at Anfield. Here are our talking points from this Round 3 fixture.

Crucial Lacazette second half miss: In the 63rd minute of the game, with Liverpool leading 2-1, Alexandre Lacazette, playing his 100th Premier League game for Arsenal, found himself in a one on one with Alisson after a great pass from Dani Ceballos. The Liverpool keeper was in a poor position, and Lacazette attempted to take it around him but only ended up shooting straight at the Brazilian.

Given the limited chances Arsenal had in this game, this was a golden opportunity- certainly one you’d expect your £50m signing to put away. Unfortunately he didn’t, and with that went Arsenal’s chances of taking something from this game.

Lacazette had an ordinary evening- he did score the first goal (after Andy Robertson’s error), but the nature of that finish didn’t really inspire confidence. In the 59th minute of the game, he was again in a great 1v1 situation (albeit offside), and attempted to chip Alisson, only to fail. Did it influence his thinking for the big chance mentioned above four minutes later? We’ll never know, but Arsenal need their star French forward to do better if they are to pick up points from big games like this one. At 2-2, the game could’ve finished differently.

Pepe’s poor corners: Liverpool, as you’d expect, dominated the game. Arsenal however didn’t help their own cause- substitute Nicolas Pepe, for example, took two corners in the second half, but failed to clear the first man on both occasions. Given the way he took both set pieces, one could only feel this was a training ground routine that didn’t quite go to plan. Again a player fans would expect better from given the price the Gunners shelled out for him.

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Liverpool are a very, very good side: Mikel Arteta had got the better of Jurgen Klopp in their last league meeting as well as in the Community Shield, but Liverpool were determined not to let it happen again. Continue reading “Crucial Lacazette miss, Pepe’s poor corners, Bellerin’s foul throws & more- Talking Points from Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal”