Arsenal boss Arteta explains decision to drop Gabriel in favour of David Luiz vs Liverpool

Mikel Arteta has this evening provided an insight into his decision to leave Gabriel Magalhaes out of his starting XI to face Liverpool.

Hosts in front

The Gunners are of course currently locked in action with Jurgen Klopp’s men at Anfield.

Both sides headed into proceedings boasting perfect Premier League records thus far, having bagged 6 points from their respective first two outings of the campaign.

Visitors Arsenal, meanwhile, despite being viewed as underdogs ahead of kick-off, had actually downed Liverpool in the last two meetings between the clubs.

The opening 45 minutes on Merseyside this evening, however, have seen Klopp’s champions put the rest of the English top-flight on notice.

Whilst they currently lead by just a solitary goal, the Reds looked absolutely stellar throughout the first-half, outplaying Arsenal in essentially every facet of the game.

The Gunners’ goal, which actually put them in front, came on the back of a major mistake on the part of Andy Robertson, who’s miscued clearance allowed Alexandre Lacazette to slot home beyond the clutches of the despairing Alisson.

Liverpool, though, were back on terms within minutes, as Sadio Mane tapped home into an empty net after Bernd Leno was only able to palm Mo Salah’s effort to the back post.

And, just 5 minutes later, it was 2-1.

The latest in a string of wonderful Trent Alexander-Arnold deliveries from the right eventually made its way to Andy Robertson on the far side.

And the Scottish international went on to fully redeem himself following his early mistake, slotting calmly over the onrushing Bernd Leno.

‘Something different’

For all of Liverpool’s dominance, though, as evidenced by the scoreline, Arsenal remain very much alive at Anfield.

This comes in no small part thanks to some solid defending, with the Gunners, goals aside, having dealt with the hosts’ explosive attack relatively well.

Mikel Arteta opted for a pair of changes to his back-3 following Arsenal’s win over West Ham, with Sead Kolasinac, as expected, having been replaced by Kieran Tierney.

The other switch, though, came as something of a surprise, as summer arrival Gabriel Magalhaes was left out, in favour of David Luiz, and the remaining Rob Holding.

As such, speaking ahead of kick-off, Arteta was inevitably drawn on his decision to move Gabriel to the bench, whilst reintegrating Luiz.

The Arsenal boss, though, was quick to reaffirm his faith in the former, citing Luiz’s ‘huge experience’ as key to the former Chelsea man getting the nod this evening:

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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