When Liverpool announced their lineup for the game against Arsenal, Unai Emery must have known he was on a hiding to nothing and with Mesut Ozil determined to take his chance, the Spaniard had his worst Arsenal night since Baku.
Win and he had only beaten kids. Lose and it was going to be humiliation for Unai Emery who picked a decent side, brought Mesut Ozil in to the squad and then watched as they threw lead after lead away.
When he needed to score he took off Mesut Ozil. When he needed to defend he brought on Dani Ceballos. Where our strength had been in our attacking all night, he sat us deeper as we waited for the inevitable.
When it's all over, this, more than anything, will represent Unai Emery's time at Arsenal… pic.twitter.com/ELE18OA5Kj
— Daily Cannon (@DailyCannon) October 30, 2019
Mesut Ozil stood head and shoulders above the rag-tag bunch of fringe players and youngsters on display at Anfield from both sides. His class allowed Arsenal to score from open play repeatedly. A novelty in these dark days. His creativity sparked the other forwards, who knew if they moved he would find them.
If we leave all the narratives to the side, Arsenal struggled against a team of children.
They fielded a much more experienced side and it was chaos. Lost among the madness of a game that finished 5-5 and saw own goals, penalties, belters and slick passing was the fact it was 5-5. Against a side not far off Liverpool’s u18s.
Without Ozil in the team Arsenal could well have been humiliated by Klopp’s babies even further.
But at least it was exciting. We haven’t got to say that often this season. Funnily enough, it’s usually when Ozil is on the pitch.
The brightest spot in all this, however, was the look on Unai Emery’s face as Liverpool’s fifth goal went in.
He knows his Arsenal career is hanging by a thread.
Now that he’s back in the fold, Mesut Ozil could well be the man to finally snip it.