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Arsenal fans flag up major selection mistake as unbeaten streak comes to end in Liverpool drubbing

Arsenal fans flag up major selection mistake as unbeaten streak comes to end in Liverpool drubbing

 

The Arsenal faithful have taken to social media in their numbers this evening, to highlight a key selection mistake as having proven detrimental in their side’s defeat at the hands of Liverpool.

Reds run riot

Mikel Arteta of course led his side back into action a short time ago.

In their first outing post-international break, the Gunners made the trip to Anfield, keen to build on an 11-game unbeaten streak across all competitions.

To say that, when all was said and done, Arsenal were brought firmly back down to earth, though, would be something of an understatement.

Though the visitors, in their defence, did not perform all that badly, they were simply blown away by the attacking might of Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.

A wonderful display on the part of the Reds ultimately played out into a 4-0 drubbing, courtesy of strikes from all of Sadio Mane, Diogo Jota, Mohamed Salah and Takumi Minamino.

Left-back dilemma

Liverpool, in turn, have climbed back into 2nd in the Premier League table, four points adrift of table-topping Chelsea.

At Arsenal, though, it appears very much back to the drawing board.

Though the value of months of positive work cannot be erased by one result, the Gunners were, in truth, provided with a firm reminder of just how far adrift of England’s top, top clubs they remain this evening.

But, as alluded to above, despite their side simply being outclassed by superior opposition at Anfield, the Arsenal faithful have nevertheless been keen to flag up one selection decision post-match, identified as having proven detrimental to their side’s chances of securing an unlikely result.

The call in question? Nuno Tavares’ inclusion over Kieran Tierney.

Portuguese stopper Tavares has of course thoroughly impressed of late, after being handed a consistent string of appearances amid the injury absence of first-choice left-back Tierney.

In turn, despite the latter having been fit enough to feature from the off on Merseyside, Mikel Arteta nevertheless opted to stick with the in-form, and inexperienced Tavares, giving rise to something of a backlash across social media:

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This article was edited by Ben Browning.

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# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 23 41 57
2 Liverpool FC 21 37 45
3 Chelsea FC 23 28 44
4 Manchester United 22 6 38
5 West Ham United 23 10 37
6 Tottenham Hotspur 19 4 36
7 Arsenal FC 20 8 35
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 21 3 34
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 21 0 29
10 Aston Villa 21 -4 26
11 Leicester City 19 -3 25
12 Southampton FC 22 -8 25
13 Crystal Palace 21 -1 24
14 Brentford FC 23 -12 23
15 Leeds United 21 -16 22
16 Everton FC 20 -11 19
17 Norwich City 22 -32 16
18 Newcastle United 21 -22 15
19 Watford FC 20 -17 14
20 Burnley FC 17 -11 11

Premier League 21/22

Topscorers
Disciplinary
Assists
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 16
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 8
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 8
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 8
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 8
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 8
Raphinha Leeds United 8
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 8
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 7
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 7
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 7
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United 6
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 6
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 6
Maddison, James Leicester City 6