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Liverpool are perfectly set up to exploit Arsenal’s first-half sluggishness

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Liverpool are perfectly set up to exploit Arsenal’s first-half sluggishness

It is no secret by now that Arsenal are not starting games as well as they are finishing them, but so far it has not knocked Unai Emery’s Gunners revolution too far off course – yet.

But the Spaniard is also insisting on playing out from the back, even when the likes of Petr Cech have struggled with it.

That was understandable on the opening day of the season in the face of Manchester City’s relentless pressing machine, but when Blackpool can come within a whisker of scoring when the goalkeeper is robbed during a sloppy first half, it is time to worry.

 

Unfortunately for Emery, this weekend’s visitors Liverpool are perfectly primed to take advantage of those weaknesses that even the League One outfit scratched at but couldn’t quite exploit.

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Liverpool are capable of flying out of the blocks and winning games within 20 minutes; their high-pressing game is no secret any more but matching that intensity is a huge task for any side, let alone one that has sleepwalked into the opening stages of most recent games.

Although Cech will likely be dropped for Saturday’s game, the slow starts have remained regardless of the team selection and Emery has to eradicate that this weekend, or face a mauling at the hands of the Red Arrows.

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