Arsenal began the game on the front foot and had the first corner in the first minute. Liverpool broke from the corner, but they were not able to make anything from it. It didn’t take Liverpool long to settle into their rhythm and started playing, but it Arsenal quickly regained the initiative and began passing the ball well. In several of these passages of play Liverpool found it difficult to get the ball back.
It didn’t take long for the first goal. I went to Arsenal. There was a bit of luck in it. In the 8th minute Saka carried the ball to near the Liverpool box and passed the ball to Odegaard. Odegaard attempted return pass to Saka hit a Liverpool player and ended up on Martinelli’s path. He carried the ball forward into the box, but appeared to have overrun it. It looked like the ball would go to Alisson, but Martinelli was able to poke the ball past the on-coming Alisson. Four minutes after the goal, Allison was called on to save a shot by Zinchenko. It was all Arsenal at this point and Liverpool didn’t seem to have anyway of coping with them.
Liverpool are a good team despite their struggles this season and eventually found a way to get a foothold in the game, but Arsenal were still the better team. The game was end to end, but neither team created any clear chances until the 28th minute. A pass by Xhaka to Martinelli. Martinelli ran with the ball towards the box and crossed for Jesus, who headed the ball into the net for 2-0. Liverpool defence had been shaky and unsure from the kicked off and Arsenal could and should have increased their lead with the chances they created.
Arsenal were wasteful with their dominance and chances created. They were also able to keep the Anfield faithful quiet, which is not always easy.
Liverpool scored in the 41st minute through Mo Salah. The goal sparked Liverpool to life and for the rest of the half they were the better team. It came in part due to Arsenal sloppiness in possession and being too comfortable against a team that would always come back at them.
The first hald ended 1-2 to Arsenal. The second half was always going to be tough for Arsenal
In the second half Liverpool started better and pressed Arsenal in their half, but did not create any clearcut chances. They were awarded a penalty eight minutes into the second half. A corner for Liverpool was headed out and Rob Holding was deemed to have fouled Diogo Jota. The penalty was hit wide by Salah.
Liverpool put Arsenal under tremendous pressure in the second half, but the team were able to repel Liverpool’s attacks. They also created chances of their own, but the bulk of the second half was mostly Liverpool’s attack against Arsenal’s defence. Arsenal goalkeeper Ramsdale was called on several times and made good saves. The best of this was a curling shot by Salah that was headed into the top corner of the net, but for a fantastic save by Ramsdale.
Liverpool brought Roberto Firmino, who has a fantastic scoring record against Arsenal. The player equalised for Liverpool in the 87th minute. Alexander Trent-Arnold was able to nutmeg Zinchenko. His cross into the box was met by Firmino who scored the equalising goal. Both sides had opportunities to win the match.
Liverpool could have won the match through Ibrahima Konate. The player chested the ball towards the net, but it was saved by Ramsdale. Arsenal also had a chance to win the match. Arsenal broke down Liverpool’s right. Martinelli made himself available for a pass from Saka, but Saka’s pass was closer to Alisson who was able to clear the ball. The game ended 2-2.
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