Chelsea must be quaking after that Arsenal display

By Avenell Dave

Three points at Anfield is never something to be disregarded.

Beating one of the so-called Big Four at their own gaff is demoralising for them and confidence-boosting for us and helps erase the memory of our humbling at home to the Ch*vs.

And yet I came away from yesterday's game not so much with a sense of elation but wondering if the victory will provoke a sense of complacency that this team has shown too often against lesser teams.

All the results went our way this weekend - although it's easy to forget that Villa and Citeh are still hovering ominously waiting to take advantage of slip-ups.

But is there really a lot to get elated about?

There was no dramatic transformation in form and efficiency as some have suggested.

This was about a moment of fortune in the form of Glen Johnson's OG and a moment of brilliance from Andrey Arshavin.

That's what we bought him for and that's what we need him for now more than ever.

But if Arsene Wenger thinks that victory at Anfield confirms the strength of quality and depth in this squad, he is very much mistaken.

And I don't think he does, I really don't.

The problems were manifold.

Alex Song did a good job of winning the ball in midfield, but with Theo Walcott seen as the main outlet and yet hugging the touchline, his options were limited.

When Theo moved inside in the second half, it made a difference even if he's not the greatest at holding the ball up. Theo drew players away with him, creating panic and the space that Arshavin took advantage of.

Misplaced passes all over the pitch, chaos from Willie Gallas that should have resulted in a penalty for Steve Gerrard and a goalkeeping performance I simply cannot go into right now through pure bewilderment and despair.

It was just lucky for us that Gerrard and Fernando Torres were both unfit and not up to match speed - you'd have put your house on a firing Torres to put away that early chance with only Almunia to beat.

I was impressed by Armand Traore, who actually looks like a more accomplished defender than Kieran Gibbs, and Samir Nasri came into his own as the game wore on.

But do the Ch*vs or even M*nure really ahve anything to worry about on that performance?

We were a shambles throughout the match and just lucky to face another footballing side who couldn't stifle us and were in poorer form than we are.

Arsene, you must buy at least two players in January, one a forward for sure, or the fortuitous position we now find ourselves in will be for nothing.

Cross all your fingers, too, that Arshavin can play at Turf Moor on Wednesday - that isn't going to be easy at all and we're running out of options upfront.