Liverpool 3 – 3 Arsenal
Played like a ferocious and open FA Cup game, this fabulous PL game needs some in depth analysis which will follow tomorrow. For now the player ratings.
Cech: 7.5 Good presence and calming influence in the Anfield cauldron and he made some fine saves. A shame his hand was not stronger for the third Pool goal we conceded.
Koz: 8 Fought like a lion and, like the BFG, was often exposed by malfunctioning DMs. His desire, positioning and defensive decision making and interventions were brilliant.
BFG: 8 Same as Koz
Bellerin: 7.5 Great going forward and instrumental in our third goal with a fearless, determined run through the middle and good delivery to Campbell. Shame he didn’t prevent Pool’s third with a stronger block on Allen, but this young Gunner was very impressive once again.
Nacho: 8 Another very mature and professional performance. His passion and drive and continuous interventions on our left flank were great.
Flamini: 6 Cleaned up well in the box a few times but, with Rambo, the main culprit for not protecting our defence around the ‘D’ and allowing the Pool midfield to push us all the way back for large parts of the game. His passion was great though.
Ramsey: 7 Worked his socks off and a good goal – both his run and finish. Really helped our attack and Ozil but often failed to protect our CB and ‘D’ area and allowed the Pool midfield to push us back too much. The balance in the double DM pivot needs sorting.
Ozil: 7.5 Was often tightly marked and not as influential as usual. He made good runs and was good at releasing pressure on our defence by holding on to the ball and winning free kicks and throw ins. Some excellent attacking play as well.
Theo: 6.5 Lots of endeavour and good running off the ball. Unlucky not to have an assist with a great cross to Giroud. Despite willingness to help out in defence not very effective and he made me really long for the return of Alexis.
Campbell: 8.5 Some fabulous defence splitting balls and an assist and near-assist for two of the three goals. His vision, first touch and passing were very impressive today, and his defensive support was good too, especially as the game progressed. MOTM.
Giroud: 8.5 Omnipresent and never stopped fighting. Two fine goals, and especially his second one was of a high order. Also had the pre assist for the first goal, helped out in defence and midfield. Shared MOTM with JC.