Flamini! Toure! Gallas! The goalscorers for the Gunners!!! Henry the best defender!!! This was Gunners football at it's best, free flowing, one touch, and best of all putting away the chances that they got. Total football as practiced by the great Dutch teams of the '70's.
The best moment. Hleb breaks down the Pools defense on the right with some great footwork, passes to Fabregas whose cross into the box, a bit behind, saw a reacting Flamini catch up to the ball with his trailing right leg, and tap it past Reina. An elated Flamini races to a group of Arsenal fans, pumps his hands into the air, hugs them, turns around and is mobbed by his team mates. The result, a yellow card for Flamini, for over the top celebration. It could not get better than this.
The Gunners decimated a hapless Scousers side as Van Persie became provider for Kolo Toure's goal early in the second half. The drubbing was complete when Van Persie's cross was headed home by an unmarked Gallas. In between, Thierry Henry provided a clinic on how to defend the Liverpool strikers as Crouch, Gonzalez, and Alonso were stripped of the ball regularly.
Liverpool played listlessly and without any clear direction. Benitez again tinkered with Crouch's partner up front sending in Manuel Gonzalez, who played horribly. Gerrard was strangely missing and even more so his captaincy. Riise and Gerrard were caught on camera jawing at each other. Liverpool continued its futile streak away from home again failing to score. They have lost all their away games except for a draw against Sheffield Utd.
When Arsenal plays like this, it makes Chelsea and Manchester United who are presently ahead of them in the table, flatfooted and one-dimensional. This is a team that presently does not have Rosicky, Ljungberg, and Baptista, amongst the players who see significant minutes for the Gunners, lost due to injury.
Arsenal is the best team and Wenger is a wizard. I hope this game proved it to all the naysayers.