Martin Keown passed on some advice to Jurgen Klopp and, following another defeat at Mikel Arteta’s hands, the German might be interested to know about Arsene Wenger’s flipchart.
Jurgen Klopp probably doesn’t need much advice from anyone but that didn’t stop Martin Keown offering his wisdom before Arsenal and Mikel Arteta beat Jurgen Klopp’s all-conquering Liverpool for the second time in two months.
While much could be said about Arsenal’s fortune in their first meeting, there was no such luck required in the Community Shield at the weekend, despite what Rob Draper wrote in the Mail on Sunday.
Arsenal certainly did not ‘eschew possession’ in this game the way they did in the league fixture and to call Aubameyang’s goal on ‘on the break’ is an insult to the build-up.
In the first meeting, Arsenal finished with 31% possession, which is higher than I expected it to be. At Wembley, they had 40%, the same as they managed against Chelsea in the FA Cup final.
9% may not seem like much, but it is a big difference.
Arsenal also had eight shots created nine chances (Premier League winners, Liverpool created 10). Back in July, Arsenal managed just three of each. But this is another argument for another day, back to Keown’s words of wisdom for Klopp.
“At Arsenal, Wenger used to get a flipchart out. We’d sit down in a team meeting together, agree what our main targets were and discuss how much we wanted it,” Keown told the Daily Mail before the game at Wembley kicked off.
“We’d refocus. That’s what Liverpool must do now. With Klopp in charge, I think they can be successful in doing that, too.
“We may be looking at the 2020-21 Premier League champions.
“First, let’s see what they produce against a team who beat them 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium last month.”
To be fair, Liverpool did at least get a draw this time if we just look at the score at the end of the 90, but that’s not what counts, is it?
Of course, I’m just messing around.
It’s nice to be sitting as an Arsenal fan following two successful trips to Wembley but I don’t think any of us are getting ahead of ourselves.
Mikel Arteta and his squad have a lot of work to do to catch up to Klopp and Liverpool.