Liverpool’s Joel Matip explains why Arsenal are ‘really difficult’ to play against

first_img Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 28 Aug 2019 8:32 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link255Shares Joel Matip scored Liverpool’s first against Arsenal on Saturday (Picture: Liverpool FC via Getty Images)Liverpool may have seen off Arsenal 3-1 in the Premier League on Saturday but defender Joel Matip insists the Gunners are ‘really difficult’ to play against.Matip opened the scoring at Anfield before a Mohamed Salah brace gave the Reds a comfortable lead and Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira grabbed a late consolation.It was a comfortable victory for the Reds, but not entirely dominant, finishing with 52% possession, although they did pepper the Arsenal goal with 25 shots.The Cameroon international believes that the way Arsenal set up made it very tough for them to break down and praised the Gunners’ organisation.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘We tried it over 90 minutes to come through. We had to be patient and the result was good, we won at home against Arsenal, that’s always good,’ Matip told Liverpool FC’s official website. Advertisement Comment Advertisement Liverpool’s Joel Matip explains why Arsenal are ‘really difficult’ to play against Mohamed Salah gave David Luiz a tough time at Anfield (Picture: Getty Images)‘They were standing with two deep rows and with their speed in the front it was really difficult to come through, because they were standing by their own box. But in the end it worked.‘We tried to push but it was not easy to come through. We did it not too bad but against a high-quality team like this it’s hard for every team.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityMatip has never scored more than one goal in a season since arriving at Liverpool in July 2016, but he has already netted twice this campaign after scoring in the Community Shield against Manchester City.The 28-year-old’s best scoring season came way back in 2011-12 when he netted five times in all competitions for Schalke, and he would like to get on the score sheet more for the Reds.‘I want to score more goals and it’s nice that I could score, but it’s early in the season and there’s still a lot to increase,’ continued Matip. ‘Maybe I’ll get the opportunity to score a few more.’Liverpool are back in action in the late kick-off on Saturday away to Burnley in the Premier League.MORE: Gary Neville warns Man Utd are three years from challenging Liverpool and Man CityMORE: Liverpool reject Fiorentina bid for promising youngster Bobby Duncanlast_img read more

Cost of watching football busts rate of Inflation

first_imgThe average price of the cheapest tickets across English football has risen at almost twice the rate of the cost of living since 2011.According to the latest figures compiled in the BBC Sport Price of Football study the average price of the cheapest match day ticket from the Premier League to League Two has increased 13%, compared to a 6.8% increase in the cost of living during that time.In the Premier League, the cost of the cheapest match day ticket increased by 15.8%. Of the Premier League clubs, Arsenal is still the most costly with their most expensive  match day ticket costing £97, however that represents a reduction of £29 from their most expensive ticket last year at £126.In the Championship, the average price has dropped 3.2% while, in League One, clubs increased ticket prices by a whopping 31.7% and 19% in League Two.Compared to 12 months ago, the cheapest match day tickets in the top four divisions of English football is up 4.4% from 12 months, from £20.58 to £21.49, more than treble the current rate of inflation which is 1.2%.Malcolm Clarke, Chair of the Football Supporters Federation (FSF) said there was ‘no excuse’ for ticket prices to rise above the rate of inflation, especially in the Premier League. “There is no excuse for the price of tickets to rise above the rate of inflation,” he told fcbusiness. “The money from the Premier League’s new media deal needs to be shared more evenly across the pyramid and there is no reason why some of it cannot be passed onto the fans instead going straight into the pockets of club owners and players.”However, Clarke was sympathetic of the rises in Leagues One and Two, but warned that they were still unacceptable. “Matchday ticket sales represent a significant level of income for clubs at this level. I have sympathy for these clubs but the level of increases seen here is simply unacceptable.”The BBC Price of Football study is in its fourth year having begun in 2011, and is the largest of its kind in Britain, covering 176 clubs in 11 divisions across British football, including Women’s Super League One and Two.last_img read more