Alexis Sanchez disappoints on Arsenal return against Liverpool - Analysis of Man City target's performance in 4-0 loss

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Arsenal’s problems were laid bare at Anfield on Sunday as they crashed to a 4-0 defeat to Liverpool.

Alexis Sanchez failed to inspire Arsene Wenger’s side as Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Daniel Sturridge all got on the score sheet.

Liverpool were in rampant mood and Arsenal simply had no answer.

Here, we focus on the Sanchez’s performance.

Basic stats

Goals – 0

Assists – 0

Shots – 1

Dribbles – 3

Passes – 32

Key passes – 3

Pass Accuracy – 65.6%

Touches – 33

Aerials Won – 0

Effectiveness

Arsenal were horrendous on the day and Sanchez was barely in the game as a result. He did go on a decent in the 15th minute but opportunities were hard to come by for him.

He showed glimpses of his skill with some quick feet and was strong on the ball, not easily brushed off it, but he didn’t seem to possess his trademark relentlessness that is usually so irresistible.

Playing on the left side of a front three, the Chilean failed to get the better of Joe Gomez and didn’t manage to execute his diagonal runs through the middle. He was eventually substituted in the 62nd minute.

Key moments

15th min: Sanchez cuts in from the left with purpose and tries to dink a ball through to Hector Bellerin but Joel Matip steps in to intercept.

35th min: Arsenal attack on the break with Sanchez eventually getting on the ball in the box but the flag is raised for offside.

48th min: Sanchez shows some quick feet on the edge of the area to create a yard for himself and lets fly with a thunderous effort but Giorgino Wijnaldum makes a crucial block.

Our verdict

The Chilean looked off the pace and didn’t seem to wear his heart on his sleeve like he normally would. Did the rumours linking him away from the club play a part in his performance?

Ultimately though, Sanchez was not the worst Arsenal player on the pitch on Sunday and can’t be held entirely responsible for his ineffectiveness on this occasion.

5/10

Sanchez had a tough time at Anfield

Sanchez had a tough time at Anfield

All statistics are compiled using whoscored.com

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Cesc Fabregas proves his value - Three takeaways as Chelsea cruise past Everton in 2-0 victory

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Chelsea cruised to victory in what was supposed to be a difficult fixture, brushing aside Everton at home in a 2-0 win courtesy of goals from Cesc Fabregas and Alvaro Morata.

Everton were no doubt still recovering from their Thursday trip to Croatia for their Europa League qualifying tie, but it was nevertheless a disappointing display for a team that had performed so admirably against Manchester City on Monday.

For the champions, it was a second straight win after their shock opening-day loss to Burnley, and the crisis that threatened to engulf the club after that result seems to have been averted.

Here are three things we learned from the match.

CHELSEA LOOK BACK ON TRACK

Last week’s hard-fought win over Tottenham was no doubt a morale-booster, but Chelsea knew that they were outplayed for large stretches of that game, despite the result.

Given what had happened in the week before, when they’d fallen behind 3-0 to Burnley before making the score look respectable, the champions needed a convincing performance to show they had truly made progress.

That’s exactly what they gave, albeit aided by a poor and likely tired Everton side. Chelsea were dominant and in control, and looked like champions.

FABREGAS SHOWS VALUE TO CONTE

Fabregas compounded his poor outing against Burnley with a display of petulance that got him sent off when his team were already down to ten men, thus missing the following week’s win over Spurs.

Tiemoue Bakayoko’s performance against Tottenham, despite lacking match fitness, would have made Fabregas yet again wonder if he’s set to be a backup midfielder, but on Sunday he showed his value.

He pulled the strings in midfield, conducting Chelsea’s attack, and when his chance came he took it well, with a smart finish.

EVERTON MUST LEARN TO MANAGE EUROPA WORKLOAD

Everton’s performance on Monday, away against Manchester City, had shown that the team has the capability to mix it with the Premier League’s best. On Sunday, it looked like a completely different Toffees side had shown up – or rather, that no Toffees side had shown up at all.

Managing the Thursday-Sunday schedule that Premier League teams playing in the Europa League have to face is going to be a challenge for Everton all season. While it’s understandable that they were sluggish, they need to find out how to recover quickly from midweek exertions.

If they keep putting on post-Europa League displays like this, they will drop far too many points to break into the top six.

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Alvaro Morata delivers for Chelsea - Analysis of striker's performance in 2-0 win over Everton

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Alvaro Morata

Chelsea followed up their win against Tottenham last week with a 2-0 victory over Everton on Sunday.

Cesc Fabregas and Alvaro Morata were on target to secure the win for the Blues at Stamford Bridge.

Both Spaniards were in fine form for the fixture with the midfielder returning from suspension while the former Real Madrid striker is still finding his feet at his new club.

Here, we focus on the Morata’s performance.

Basic stats

Goals – 1

Assists – 1

Shots – 2

Dribbles – 0

Passes – 18

Key passes – 3

Pass Accuracy – 77.8%

Touches – 33

Aerials Won – 2

Effectiveness

Morata is still coming to terms to with the way Chelsea operate. Despite working in a three-man defence system previously at Juventus, he did so in a 3-5-2 where he had a strike partner for company upfront.

Against Everton, he continued to try to get accustomed to the lone striker role in a 3-4-3 system and had a mixed start to the game. While his movement was good as he made the right runs and showed for the ball as well, he struggled to hold on to it. Indeed, he was dispossessed four times, second to only Wayne Rooney on the pitch (5).

However, Morata did show glimpses of his class and delivered when it mattered. He set up Pedro with a neat turn early on. He drifted out of the game a lot but popped up to assist Fabregas for the opener.

Five minutes before half-time, he nodded home to double Chelsea’s lead. As the match progressed, he began to click with his team-mates more, linking up well with compatriots Pedro and Fabregas in the second half before being replaced in the 77th minute.

Morata makes it 2-0

Morata makes it 2-0

Key moments

27th min: Willian spins and finds Fabregas bombing forward who plays a one-two with Morata and finds the far corner..

40th min: Cesar Azpilicueta has plenty of time and space on the right and picks out Morata who is left unmarked in the middle and buries his header with perfection.

48th min: Morata links up with Pedro on the edge of the box and the latter fires an effort just wide.

Our verdict

On paper, it was a great performance as Morata picked up a goal and assist but it was more a sign of things to come from the Spaniard than an indication of his arrival.

He didn’t have enough of an influence on the game for large periods but didn’t disappoint when he was in threatening areas. Still has to work on his hold-up play and how to bring his team-mates into the game but he’s getting there.

7.5/10

Alvaro Morata

Alvaro Morata

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