Danny Murphy lauded Martinelli and Saka after their impressive win over Liverpool.
Arsenal moved to the top of the Premier League after defeating Liverpool 3-2 at the Emirates yesterday. The question was whether ‘Arsenal could actually beat a big team’. That was addressed yesterday.
Goals from Bukayo Saka and Martinelli secured Arsenal’s victory. The pair were constantly causing problems for Liverpool’s fullbacks on both sides of the flanks.
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Their performance yesterday also impressed Murphy, who said after the game:
“Sometimes analysis can be made simple for you by wonderful footballers playing with confidence Yes, there are always aspects of a game that you want to look at in terms of tactics or mistakes but today, Arsenal, the positivity was there for all to see.”
“The two young lads [Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli] playing left and right for them would be giving any defences in Europe or world football a problem.‘Great players can force teams into mistakes.”
“They’re relentless. They’re so direct and so full of confidence at the moment. Obviously, to concede in the first minute of a game is a terrible start for Liverpool, but it’s a brilliant goal with both those two involved.”
“The rest of the first half was pretty even actually and Liverpool got back into the game. But Arsenal have these two flying at Liverpool’s [defensive] players.‘They’ve not just quick and skilful, they have end product to their games. Spotting the runs, making the right passes, good decision making.”
“I love everything about Arsenal at the moment. They’re well balanced, they’ve got a great set up and that gives them the freedom to go and cause problems.”