By Conor Laird
Published: November 20, 2021 7:25 pm
Last Updated: November 20, 2021 7:30 pm
The Arsenal faithful have taken to social media in their numbers this evening, to highlight a key selection mistake as having proven detrimental in their side’s defeat at the hands of Liverpool.
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Mikel Arteta of course led his side back into action a short time ago.
In their first outing post-international break, the Gunners made the trip to Anfield, keen to build on an 11-game unbeaten streak across all competitions.
To say that, when all was said and done, Arsenal were brought firmly back down to earth, though, would be something of an understatement.
Though the visitors, in their defence, did not perform all that badly, they were simply blown away by the attacking might of Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.
A wonderful display on the part of the Reds ultimately played out into a 4-0 drubbing, courtesy of strikes from all of Sadio Mane, Diogo Jota, Mohamed Salah and Takumi Minamino.
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Liverpool, in turn, have climbed back into 2nd in the Premier League table, four points adrift of table-topping Chelsea.
At Arsenal, though, it appears very much back to the drawing board.
Though the value of months of positive work cannot be erased by one result, the Gunners were, in truth, provided with a firm reminder of just how far adrift of England’s top, top clubs they remain this evening.
But, as alluded to above, despite their side simply being outclassed by superior opposition at Anfield, the Arsenal faithful have nevertheless been keen to flag up one selection decision post-match, identified as having proven detrimental to their side’s chances of securing an unlikely result.
The call in question? Nuno Tavares’ inclusion over Kieran Tierney.
Portuguese stopper Tavares has of course thoroughly impressed of late, after being handed a consistent string of appearances amid the injury absence of first-choice left-back Tierney.
In turn, despite the latter having been fit enough to feature from the off on Merseyside, Mikel Arteta nevertheless opted to stick with the in-form, and inexperienced Tavares, giving rise to something of a backlash across social media:
How is Tavares still on the pitch when we have Tierney on the bench
— Apoorv Joshi (@4p00rv) November 20, 2021
Honestly can’t believe Tavares started ahead of Tierney today. Madness.
— Conor O’Keeffe (@conormokeeffe) November 20, 2021
So Tierney is going to be back in the starting line up next week. Tavares has had an absolute mare today – at some fault for each goal today 😅
— J.A. aka Kunte’s kid (@TheEyeOfJA) November 20, 2021
Picking Tavares over Tierney has back fired big time, that second goal was so costly, opened the floodgates.
— Ruairi O’Cathain (@RoryOKane_Raz_) November 20, 2021
I told peeps nothing has changed. In a game like this how Tierney hasn’t played is beyond me. Tavares been ruined. Same old same old.
— TMBurky (@TMBurky8) November 20, 2021
I never want to see Tavares > Tierney takes again man…
— matt 🐧 (@afcwiloo) November 20, 2021
Not starting Kieran Tierney was very naive
— Bergkamp & Bergkamp (@Orangeiceman10) November 20, 2021
— Mkhunjulwa Dhlamini (@negro_swan14) November 20, 2021
Tavares and Lokonga caused this defeat can’t wait for Xhaka and Tierney to be fit again
— Paddington (@Zuzu_Sage) November 20, 2021
I like Tavares but that’s 2 goals he’s at fault for. Why didn’t Tierney start? He’s been fully fit smashing it for Scotland last weekend.
— Cobe (@DutyFreeCobe) November 20, 2021
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|Antonio, Michail||West Ham United||6|
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|James, Reece||Chelsea FC||4|
|Fernandes, Bruno||Manchester United||4|
|Gallagher, Conor||Crystal Palace||4|
|Ronaldo, Cristiano||Manchester United||4|
|King, Joshua||Watford FC||4|
|Smith-Rowe, Emile||Arsenal FC||4|
|Benteke, Christian||Crystal Palace||4|
|Aubameyang, Pierre-Emerick||Arsenal FC||4|
|Son, Heung Min||Tottenham Hotspur||4|
|Zaha, Wilfried||Crystal Palace||4|
|Firmino, Roberto||Liverpool FC||4|
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|Dennis, Emmanuel||Watford FC||0||6|
|Pogba, Paul||Manchester United||1||4|
|Westwood, Ashley||Burnley FC||0||5|
|Tarkowski, James||Burnley FC||0||5|
|Skipp, Oliver||Tottenham Hotspur||0||5|
|Wilson, Callum||Newcastle United||0||4|
|Rice, Declan||West Ham United||0||4|
|Ritchie, Matt||Newcastle United||0||4|
|McGinn, John||Aston Villa||0||4|
|Moreno, Rodrigo||Leeds United||0||4|
|Norgaard, Christian||Brentford FC||0||4|
|Mings, Tyrone||Aston Villa||0||4|
|Normann, Mathias||Norwich City||0||4|
|Duffy, Shane||Brighton & Hove Albion||0||4|
|Laporte, Aymeric||Manchester City||1||3|
|Lascelles, Jamaal||Newcastle United||0||4|
|Shaw, Luke||Manchester United||0||4|
|Veltman, Joel||Brighton & Hove Albion||0||4|
|Salah, Mohamed||Liverpool FC||7|
|Pogba, Paul||Manchester United||7|
|Alexander-Arnold, Trent||Liverpool FC||6|
|Dennis, Emmanuel||Watford FC||5|
|Jesus, Gabriel||Manchester City||5|
|Kovacic, Mateo||Chelsea FC||5|
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|Doucoure, Abdoulaye||Everton FC||4|
|Bowen, Jarrod||West Ham United||4|
|Antonio, Michail||West Ham United||3|
|Fernandes, Bruno||Manchester United||3|
|Gallagher, Conor||Crystal Palace||3|
|Saint-Maximin, Allan||Newcastle United||3|
|Benrahma, Said||West Ham United||3|
|Lowton, Matthew||Burnley FC||3|
|Rice, Declan||West Ham United||3|
|Ritchie, Matt||Newcastle United||3|
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|Ronaldo, Cristiano||Manchester United||2|
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