Welcome to a new feature on Arsenal.com - Talking Heads.
Before and after every first-team fixture our MatchDay Show team - and an Arsenal blogger - will have their say on the match.
Arsenal take on Liverpool in the Premier League on Saturday and our Talking Heads for this game were Dan Roebuck, Adrian Clarke and Goodplaya.
Read on for their post-match thoughts and recap what they said before the game.
DAN ROEBUCK, COMMENTATOR
Some people are describing Saturday's win as the ultimate smash-and-grab but, on reflection, Liverpool didn't create a great deal in the second half after a dominant first half. Credit for that goes to the Arsenal defence, who relied heavily on Szczesny before the break but dealt far better with Suarez after it. We've run out of superlatives for Van Persie - suffice to say that he is now one of the most clinical strikers in the world. Two chances, two goals used to be the domain of Ian Wright but his all-round game was not a patch on Van Persie's. Arsenal actually improved after losing Arteta to injury but even the most optimistic of Gooners may not have predicted an away win as Liverpool came on strong in the final 10 minutes. Van Persie had the final word on what was a fantastic weekend for Arsenal's top-four - and even top-three - aspirations.
After the jubilation of last week's victory in the North London derby, Arsenal will go into this game in great spirits. The only problem is that so will Liverpool, after winning the Carling Cup. Arsène Wenger's side have not lost at Anfield since April 2008, and they really need something from this match if they are to maintain their momentum. The likes of Theo Walcott and Tomas Rosicky - if he makes it - will be flying, while Thomas Vermaelen and Laurent Koscielny must continue from where they left off in the second half against Tottenham. Liverpool are unbeaten at Anfield this season, but were Arsenal to win on Saturday they would take a major step to knocking Kenny Dalglish's men out of the race for fourth place. It is a big task but they're up to it.
ADRIAN CLARKE, STUDIO GUEST
Although football is a team game these three precious points for Arsenal were earned primarily due to the outstanding performances of two men, Wojciech Szczesny and Robin van Persie. In goal, our Polish custodian was simply sensational and at the other end of the pitch Van Persie’s sheer class made the difference while his second goal was majestic. In general it wasn’t a great Arsenal display and Liverpool can count themselves extraordinarily unlucky not to have least gained a point for their efforts but football can be a cruel mistress sometimes and I was delighted that the Gunners profited from good fortune on the day. Spurs are now firmly in our sights for third spot and this result should give the players belief that they can do it.
Let’s hope that Arsenal can begin on Saturday lunchtime where they left off last time out. If it’s possible to put our euphoria to one side - and I’m as excited as anyone by that performance against Spurs - we should be aware that Liverpool at Anfield represents one of the toughest tests of the season. In possession of the ball Arsène Wenger’s men should be confident of creating chances and scoring goals but defensively it’s going to require a very disciplined display from all 11 players if we’re to keep the home side at bay. Hopefully lessons have been learned in that regard after our extremely shaky opening spell against Tottenham. If the Gunners can dominate possession and be at their incisive best this could be a famous away victory but if we hand the initiative to Liverpool it may prove to be a testing afternoon. This one should be a belter, so kick off can’t arrive quickly enough for me!
Were we lucky? Well, certainly not to have scored two goals. There was nothing fortunate about either. Could we have conceded more than the one? Yes, but it is also true that a good save from a goalkeeper is not fortunate. That is what they are there for and after one or two less than perfect performances of late, Saturday was a good day for Wojciech Szczesny. Apart from our goals and a couple of chances for Theo Walcott after half-time, we never really clicked and for large parts of the game Liverpool were first to everything. But football is a weird old game and sometimes when you're on a run things go your way and equally the reverse can be true. It was hard not to watch this and think back to the Invincibles winning 2-1 in the same fixture eight years ago in very similar circumstances. A good win.
Not even the club's biggest critics could find fault in Sunday's comeback. To come back from 2-0 down at home to a Spurs side in their best form for many, many years was just brilliant. Not once during our glory period did they do that to us. So what happens now? Will Arsène think he has struck permanent gold with the unlikely Benayoun and Rosicky combination? I'd be surprised, though I could see him sticking with them for this fixture, one in which Rosicky actually enjoyed some success as a sub last season, in a 1-1 draw. Liverpool's recent cup success has been at the expense of their league form and a win at Anfield for us would probably mean another year without Champions League football for them. For us it is a must and so this is a big game.
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