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Arsenal's Optimism, Ramsey's Ankles All Left Broken | Case Of The Mondays

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Gaby Kirschner
Gaby Kirschner

Here's who's got the worst #CaseOfTheMondays this morning.

ARSENAL

If Arsenal’s history of playing Klopp’s Liverpool was any indication of how Sunday would go — zero wins — then they couldn’t have gone into the match too confidently. But not even history could’ve prepared fans for the 4-0 thrashing that ensued.

And the scoreline doesn’t even do the game justice; it could’ve easily been 8 or 9 to the Reds. Even without Coutinho, Liverpool ran rampant; the starting front three of Sadio Mané, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah, as well as sub Daniel Sturridge, terrorized the Arsenal back line. It only took 17 minutes to score.

Arsenal, on the other hand, did not have a single shot on target all game, not once testing Liverpool’s backup keeper Karius as Mignolet was dropped to the bench.

Plus, adding insult to injury, Wijnaldum absolutely humiliated Aaron Ramsey (who was subbed off at halftime, probably to avoid further humiliation).

Is there any position for fans other than #WengerOut at this point?

CHIVAS

After the first seven games of the Liga MX Apertura, Chivas are without a win.

Although 5 of those seven are draws, with only two being losses, it’s still not a great start for the Mexican giants. And the most promising stat is that they’ve only conceded 9 goals; that’s pretty average for Liga MX in general right now and joint-lowest for the bottom half of the table, so their defense isn’t leaky beyond repair — especially because four of their nine conceded came in one game, against Monterrey.

Plus, Chivas are still not in last. Puebla is below them with one win but more losses and a worse goal difference.

LA GALAXY & MONTREAL IMPACT

While half of MLS Rivalry Week matches ended in draws — Portland-Seattle, Red Bulls-NYCFC, and Houston-Dallas — the LA Galaxy and Montreal Impact were on the losing end of theirs.

The Galaxy have extended their winless streak even further, not having won in all competitions since June 28 and in the league since June 21. They’ve also only won one match at home all season. There’s nothing to say that hasn’t been said week after week — they don’t look good, and they don’t look like they’ll be getting better anytime soon. The playoffs are all but certainly off the table completely.

Montreal’s loss also can’t come as too much of a surprise, although that doesn’t completely stop the sting of a big rivalry loss. Also the Impact came into the match on a four-match win streak, and were playing at home, Toronto has just proven too much for any team to handle this year; they’re 9 points clear at the top of the Eastern Conference and solidly in front of the Supporters’ Shield race.

After their Canadian Championship win earlier this season, it wouldn’t be wild to think Toronto have a decent shot at a treble.

REAL MADRID

At one point winning and at one point losing, reigning European and La Liga Champions Real Madrid — who recently healthily defeated a now-unbeatable Manchester United side in the Super Cup — dropped points in their second La Liga match this weekend, drawing Valencia 2-2.

The disappointing result drew boos from around the Bernabeu, despite there still being 36 matches left. Losses can be especially hard for teams that don’t often, but Real Madrid will most certainly be okay.

But for all of Barcelona’s woes heading in to the start of the season — losing Neymar and not being able to find a replacement too quickly — they’ve found themselves far ahead of Real Madrid, in second place, after the first two matches. But they might want to rejounce in that now, as it’s not going to last too long.

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