Things started badly for Arsenal due to an own goal from Laurent Koscielny, but they responded through two Van Persie goals. First a header from a Bacary Sagna cross, the second a first-time volley from Alex Song’s pass.
Michael Cox thought it was a tactical borefest
Not a game with much tactical interest. Both sides named their expected sides, and then neither coach made any key substitutions. Dalglish’s decision to go for more of a 4-4-2 shape was interesting, especially as Liverpool dominated possession early on, but they seemed to tire in the second half.
Arsenal have played better and lost this season – they didn’t do much particularly well here, aside from two excellent balls and two excellent finishes.
Arsene thought Van Persie won Arsenal the match
When you see the ball landing at Van Persie’s feet you can always expect something special. With a striker of that quality in the side you always have a chance until you are killed off. Our goalkeeper and centre forward made the difference today because we were not in the game in the first half. One-one at the interval flattered us.
Dalglish wanted Liverpool to learn to win ugly
The scoreline didn’t reflect the game, but that was our own fault. We played well and did enough to have won, but we were beaten because we didn’t score enough goals when we were dominating the game.
Van Persie was lethal that season wearing the Arsenal 2011 centenary shirt, that you can get here.