You could try and spin this from an Arsenal’s point of view and say look at what Aston Villa did to Liverpool, but that’s not really how football works.
Arsenal are starting to stray into the territory of “two steps forward, one step back” under Mikel Arteta, and it is surprising when you consider that positivity surrounding the club this summer.
They completed some impressive transfer business and Willian looked like an absolute steal from Chelsea on a free transfer, but it’s starting to look like they made the right choice to let him go.
The Brazilian was expected to bring some intense work rate and quality to this team, but the reality is that he’s been poor and there are alarm bells ringing over the long term contract that Arsenal handed out.
Obviously he’s not the only one to blame for the loss to night, but he’s not getting an easy time of it from Arsenal fans just now:
I understand what Willian, offers going backwards. I get it, he tracks back well. However, he offers next to nothing going forward, has zero creativity about him. Auba needs to play through the middle, he gets found out on the wings now.
— Finbar McMahon (@McMahonFinbar) November 8, 2020