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CL 1st Leg: Arsenal 1 - 1 LFC

Well I must say this wasn't the thrashing I hoped that the Reds would give Arsenal, but it's the next best thing. You can't complain about coming back to Anfield without having a goal deficit.

Arsenal retained possession much more than Liverpool did and created more chances and I was somewhat surprised that they only scored once. I figured at home if they could put one in, they would be able to find a second. Liverpool didn't create the opportunities as Arsenal did. Their play was more reactionary and tried to capitalize on the counter attack.

I have to pick Steven Gerrard for man of the match for the great run he made, taking on a box full of defenders and making a pass that found Kuyt. Kuyt also worked his ass off which was good to see. I'm still not as impressed with Babel. I think he can do better. He just seems very timid and gets a deer in the headlights look when he is close to goal and gets possession. If he can get to the point where he's reacting quicker and more fluently, he'll be a great force on the left side.

I'm not surprised to hear Wenger whining that Hleb should have had a penalty, but in a match that showed no yellow cards at all, it would have probably taken a brawl to have one awarded. There were a few instances where I thought the Gunners were being quite rough with Torres, but that's how it goes. All there is left to do now is wait and see what happens this Saturday when Liverpool go back to Emirates Stadium and what impact that match will have on part III Tuesday. Anything less than a win and Arsenal should be right where we want them.

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