Arsenal in a Spot of Bother, Liverpool Still Underwhelming

As major club football enters a two-week international break, all is not well for two of England’s most storied clubs.

 

Arsenal—after a midweek meltdown in the Champions League against Anderlecht at the Emirates—once again let a lead slip in the late stages, this time away to Swansea in Barclays Premier League play.

 

Liverpool’s dreadful season continued after surrendering an early 1-0 lead to Chelsea at Anfield. The Reds got a goal from Emre Can in the ninth minute but Gary Cahill equalized in the 14th.

 

Liverpool hopes were shattered in the 67th minute by Diego Costa’s 10th league goal of the season. With the loss, Liverpool slid to 11th in the table on 14 points.

 

 

 

For their part, expectations for Arsenal were quite a bit higher this season with the additions of Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck. But The Gunners have fallen to sixth in the table after Swansea City scored two late goals on Sunday.

 

All is not well in North London, and this video sums up the frustrations and the issues at hand (h/t to The Daily Mirror):

Arsenal’s fanbase give no quarter when Arsene Wenger’s men fritter away results and after famously conceding three goals to Anderlecht in the Champions League, The Gunners needed a positive result to assuage the boiling temperaments of their supporters.

 

They got the opposite after a game Swansea side turned around a 63rd-minute strike from Alexis Sanchez through a stunning Gylfi Sigurdsson restart in the 75th minute:

 

 

 

The carnage was complete for Wenger’s side after Bafetimbi Gomis headed home the eventual winner three minutes later.

 

The title race may in fact be out of reach for both Liverpool and Arsenal, but a top-four finish is certainly conceivable with the likes of West Ham (4th) and Swansea (5th) currently occupying top-tier positions.

 

Arsenal supporters will take some comfort from seeing rival Tottenham come undone at home to Stoke, 2-1. Spurs sit 12th in the table equal on points with Liverpool.

 

Manchester United got a desperately needed 1-nil win over Crystal Palace at Old Trafford but still sit in 7th position.

 

Chelsea and Southampton remain unflappable at the top with The Saints getting a nice 2-0 win over Leicester City at St. Mary’s Stadium.

 

Perhaps the two-week break is well-timed for Brendan Rogers and Wenger, who may need to seek a witch doctor or two to disperse the foul spirits that currently surround their sides.

 

-M.F. DiBella

Featured image courtesy of Action Images/The Metro

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