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Report: Liverpool 2 – 2 Arsenal (incl goals)

Result: Liverpool 2 – 2 Arsenal
Competition: Premier League
Date: 9 April 2023
Venue: Anfield

Arsenal: Ramsdale, White, Holding, Gabriel, Zinchenko, Partey, Xhaka, Odegaard, Saka, Martinelli, Jesus

Subs: Turner, Tierney, Walters, Kiwior, Jorginho, Smith Rowe, Vieira, Nelson, Trossard


Arsenal scrapped their way to a draw at Anfield in a pulsating match. The Gunners looked to cruise with first half goals by Martinelli and Jesus. However, Liverpool came back in the first half through Salah and gained a foothold of the game from here on end.

Firmino equalised late on in the second half though Arsenal had Ramsdale to thank for multiple world class saves to earn Arsenal a point away to Liverpool.

Pre-Match

Arsenal put out their best 11 for the big game against Liverpool. The backline picked itself with Ben White on the right, inverted wingback Zinchenko on the left, anchored by Holding and Gabriel.

As expected, the trio of Partey, Odegaard and Xhaka looked to dominate the centre. Jesus lead the line, flanked by Martinelli and Saka.

First Half

Arsenal sought to keep the lively Anfield crowd quiet from the off. Seeing Martinelli on that teamsheet against Alexander-Arnold definitely gave the opposition jitters and it only took a few seconds for the winger to torment his opponent.

He jinked past the defender in the box but couldn’t find a teammate with his cutback. Arsenal also did a good job disrupting the Liverpool attacks and it didn’t take long for them to turn a disruptive moment into a shot on goal.

A break down the right had Saka feeding Odegaard in the middle. The captain attempted to return the pass through for Saka but the ball deflected into the path of Martinelli who poked the ball past Alisson for the first goal. 0-1 to Arsenal

Arsenal stayed resolute when defending against the home side. Holding and Gabriel were imperious in the air and were quick on their feet to jockey the quick feet of Salah, Jota Gakpo wide. Liverpool threatened briefly with a dangerous strike across goal but it was Jesus who made his mark next.

Xhaka lofted a ball in behind for Martinelli. The winger crossed in for Jesus who jumped past the static Van Dijk and Konate to make it 0-2 Arsenal.

The crowd was silenced by the goal but it took a scuffle between Xhaka and Alexander-Arnold for emotions to run high again in the stadium. The crowd and the home team were lifted and Liverpool equalised. Jones’s clever back heel played in Jota who cut back for Henderson. Henderson couldn’t connect well but the ball spun towards the far post for Salah to tap in. 1-2 Liverpool 

The home side had the momentum and energy and were threatening to find an equaliser. The Gunners were relieved to have heard the whistle go for half time.

Second Half

Coming out of the break, Liverpool continued their dominance in possession. They played with zip and intensity and Arsenal couldn’t keep the ball long enough to take the sting out of the game.

Then came the pivotal moment. Jota looked to have won a penalty after being tripped by Holding. It looked soft but considering this was Anfield, the ref pointed to the spot. It was a golden chance for Salah to equal the score but he could only shoot wide. The Egyptian had another attempt just a few minutes later but Ramsdale was more than equal to his attempt for the far post.

Arsenal just couldn’t wrestle momentum back and defended deep, doing just enough to repel wave after wave of attack from the home team with Holding, Gabriel and Partey alert to intercept.

Jesus, despite being constantly manhandled by Konate, did a great job in holding up play and releasing Martinelli for a counter. His Liverpool counterpart, Nunez, however, found Ramsdale to be his equal during a break.

After defending against a torrent of Liverpool attacks, the Gunners relented on the 87th minute. Alexandre-Arnold found some space down our left, nutmegged Zinchenko to cross for substitute Firmino to head in for the equaliser. 2-2 Liverpool

The drama wasn’t ending there. The Gunners had Ramsdale to thank for two exquisite saves, one from a deflected Salah shot and the other from a close Konate finish off the line.

The Arsenal had one more chance to win with a counter attack but they just couldn’t find the final pass for Saka.

Overall, Arsenal should have seen it as a point earned, especially after being on the backfoot for most of the game.

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Joker

“Well done Paul Tierney: you completed your mission successfully.”

BillyKrystal

He’s such a smug piece of shit. So many blatant fouls intentionally missed.

Joker

We were robbed. Quite simply, we were robbed. Wenger once said of Anthony Taylor that he was dishonest to his federation. Paul Tierney is not just dishonest, he’s an absolute disgrace.

Anon

Or just shit. Need better referees tbh.

Badaab

not even better, just competent. tierney always lets the game get out of control

Daveo

Red card on xhaka = no foul.

Crash Fistfight

There must’ve been about 4 (accidental, but still) handballs by Liverpool that weren’t given and the one time an Arsenal player (Saka) did the same, it was an immediate free kick.

Ben White got a yellow card for an over-aggressive tackle that won the ball, but Konate does it and it’s not even a free kick.

Just amongst the terrible load of calls by that useless prick.

David C

How Konate didn’t get a yellow all game is unreal. That tackle on Xhaka….wow. Think about the little tackle that Ben White got a yellow on…

Shocking reffing.

Didn’t like our subs to switch to a back three. We haven’t done that all season.

Bertieme

Agreed about the Kiwior sub. Didn’t help. I would have preferred Tierney coming on for Zinchenko earlier

RockyRog58

Only outshitted by the Shitshow of Shitshow commentating on Sky !!! Carraphlegm & Gary Never were disgustingly bad !!!!

Daveo

Like how can basically every formal pundit be backing £ity!? They cheated the league after they broke the league and it’s a love fest for those pieces of shite!? Like WTF is wrong with these people!? It makes you wonder about how far the money trails go…

Harib

Because they won’t bottle it like us. Pathetic tactics and mindset from the players and manager

Yorkshire Gooner

What?

Anon

People from liverpool all sound like they have catarrh

Probably explains why he gobs on people’s families

Dave Cee

I had to watch with the sound off bcos my 11 month old was sleeping, didn’t miss the commentary one bit.
Great effort from the team. Could have won, could easily have lost. If only it had been Trossard attempting the last minute pass to Saka, Marinelli must have been exhausted by that stage.
Happy enough with the point all things being said. COYG!!

Redbaron

Guaranteed that if penalty incident happens at other end he doesn’t give it

Daveo

It would have been a few kick to the Liverpool defender as it should have been to holding. The puddles kunt jumped into holding’s path and neither are close to the ball. That’s a stonewall foul by attacker on defense. Bollocks. I thought it was “let it play rules”…oh wait… “Selective let it play rules”…
Karma came through nicely on that penalty.

BillyKrystal

Yep, would’ve given his dismissive motion for the player to get up. Of course it was in our box and it takes him 1.4 seconds to point to the spot. It’s like he was reading off a script. Fucking shameful

Ian

I agree that he was terrible but if you look at second half and stats Liverpool deserve a draw at least, as much as I have to say it

Joker

I agree Liverpool played well but their ability to do so was influenced in no small part by Tierney’s decision making. All throughout the game he did everything he could to help them along while simultaneously doing all he could to thwart us. He gave us almost nothing despite repeated Liverpool fouls and in response we weren’t allowed to even breathe near them. This has happened to us so often before but rarely have I seen it quite this blatant.

Daveo

Fully agree. Draw is fair. Still cheating fucks!

Matty

Supporters of each team, particularly in a one as full on and fast flowing as this can have multiple claims for things that may have gone their way. It happens. To claim the refs are biased, conspiring, incompetent or cheats is just wrong, and tiresome. They’re not. They’re doing a high level job under some of the most intense scrutiny ever seen. We wouldn’t have a game without them

MarcelloValerio

At 0-2 I was like…should I put some money on a draw, nah…wait…who’s the ref? It’s Tierney – the guy from spurs last year (Cedric pen anyone?). Thankfully I made a few shilling to alleviate the loss of points.
The fact is we were in front until the 87’th minute – don’t buy the whole Xhaka started this whole deterministic cascade of events thing that made us draw ala Carragher/Neville nonsense – and Xhaka was fouled first – so I blame it all on Tierney.

Chijioke

Great point

Chijioke

And a yellow to Saka for walking down the line to take a corner. What? I haven’t seen that before either.

C.B.

Good to get a point, thought we were nailed on for three points once we were 2 up, amazed Liverpool didn’t score at the end!

Anon

We had them for sure, annoying

Still a point is better than nothing

Tierney’s Tescopoints

Disappointing not to build on the 2 goal lead but considering our recent record at Anfield it’s a valuable point. Remember they hammered Manure 7-0. They’re a Jekyll and Hyde team and much better at home. Ramsdale was unbelievable today.

C.B.

And they beat City and Newcastle at home…

Henkamp

T’rossard should have come on for Saka… and Tierney for Zinchencko… a lot earlier. Saka was not at it today.

Afraid for us when we go to places like Etihad and St. James Park because many of our players looked scared in that second half.

Thierry Bergkamp (non negotiable)

They also looked defeated at the end, like they knew all the season’s hard work won’t pay off.
I had Gallas vibes at the end

Only time will tell but I really don’t think this will be a ‘Gallas’ moment. There’s no doubt though that we must win next weekend at West Ham.

This one should be remembered as Ramsdale winning a point at Anfield, despite the ref’s best efforts.

Nainsley Aitland Miles

Considering Robertson and Arnold were both on yellows from the first half, I don’t think we made the most of the opportunity for Martinelli and Saka to run at them. Saka wasn’t given the ball enough in the second half.

Badaab

we played for a draw after they scored the first, it was incredibly negative stuff and poor game management from arteta today

Fabulous

Precisely. Need to start learning how to counter attack. Because flooding our own box for a full half invites the opposition to attack – and they surely did. Would’ve loved to see Jorginho coming on instead of Kiwior, might’ve just been able to find that pass on the counter.

Philip

Totally agree. Made same comment about Zinchenko. He got worse as Liverpool pressed. Their goal at end came from his tired defending.

You right that in 2nd half we lost confidence and were tense, lots of mistakes. Pressure got to the guys. Saka should have come off not Ødegaard

Hair on Ram's Tail

Although if Martinelli makes a good pass late, Saka would have been in with just the keeper to beat. If that pass is completed, the story of how Saka played would be completely different.

Dave Cee

Saka grew into the game last 30 minutes, until then he was quiet

Chijioke

Anyone could have been nutmeged and not Zinny’s fault.

I think him and Partey were the ones who hold play, bought us time and fine the right pass. Tierney would have come in to help him as Nelli was exhausted running up and down the pitch. Jorginho for Xhaka and Smith for Ode for me.

RockyRog58

So Xhaka not being scared but still gets blamed for fukn everything is right or wrong ? You play in that stadium with that shower of phlegm coming at you & you’ll come to realise a point in the end was ok ! Newcastle and their crowd are on fire at the moment so not a bad thing to have coped with the Scouse scum as practise. We dropped deeper & defended coz we were scared of Holding & Zinnys comparitive lack of pace against their quick lads ! Not great second half but come on Scared ? Nah !… Read more »

Hurensohn

We gave them the initiative towards the end of the 1st half.. At the end though we should have punished them for over committing..

Arun

Our team is still a very young team. We take their excellence for granted and we need to cut them a bit of slack. Overall this was a weird game, and it was surprising to see some uncharacteristic errors from the team and manager, but a point is still a good result. Now we go onto the next game. One game at a time and we still have this.

The Peter Simpsons

Spot on sir,.

Wengerball

Martinelli needs to let go of the ball sooner sometimes…Bad subs imo, a bit panicky from Arteta. All in all though, good result, still 6 points up. COYG!!

loose_cannon

Wasn’t happy with the subs at the time, but if we see out the game then he’s a genius, right?

Another Paul

No. He would just have been lucky, not a genius. The decision and the outcome should be seen differently

Anon

His decision making still needs to improve. Easy to forget he is still only 21, will be interesting to see how much better he gets.

Henkamp

That boy is going to be an absolute menace in the next 2 – 3 years. He’d be playing at a level that is 3 – 5 pegs higher than what he is doing now. it’s just clear to see his frightening potential.

And thank the Lord he loves The Arsenal. We will be having him with us during his scary peak.

Anon

He’ll be somewhere between shit hot and Ballon D’or I recon

Saka too, although not sure how much better he can get at this point honestly …

Mayor McCheese

One day, when we get to heaven, we can ask God about Park Chu Young, Bischoff, and subbing on Kiwior for Odegaard!

That said, a draw works for me. Can’t say Liverpool didn’t deserve that second half.

aprilfool

Odegaard was quiet but with him on there’s always some hope of retaining possession / settling the tempo down. I would’ve taken Jorginho for Xhaka with that aim; game felt chaotic and thought we needed someone to try and dictate play, as it wasn’t going to be Partey (not that he did bad). Feel for Kiwior, having not played much you’re thrown into the most intense possible scenario, and I always feel the extra defender sub never works when trying to hold onto a lead in a chaotic game. Anyway, frustrating result given how dispirited they and their crowd seemed… Read more »

Dada

LIVER CUNTS.

Anon

The only winners from this game were city. Happy, livercunts?

Rocastle7

What felt like a loss, kind of feels like a win 😃 Think Ramsdale might have just won us the league……..

Anon

It feels like a win/loss. Confusing.

Dada

I belive we will win it

Alex

As soon as that ball went through Zinchenko’s legs I knew we were in trouble.

Strange subs for me, invited instability I feel.

Would have taken a draw at the start but any other team is getting that final ball to Saka for a winning goal.

And if you can’t, you don’t deserve to win.

Harib

Agreed. The pretenders on here be start protecting these Losers and the humpty manager

JuiceJ

Firstly Fuck, Fuck, and Fuck again. We fucking had them!
But overall I will take a point, it’s still in our hands.
The lost point are on Arteta, Zinchenko should have been substituted by 60-65′, he was leggy at that time but Arteta didn’t trust Tierney to handle Salah’s pace and of-course could have defended that nutmeg far better than Zinny.

ArtetasForehead

The tilt point was the scramble with Trend and Xhaka. We lost our focus and they gained…

JuiceJ

No dispute there, game completely changed there but we all noticed Zinny was struggling all second half and defensively we knew he wasn’t up to scratch. Surely Arteta substituting him sooner may have helped. Its water under the bridge now the shoulda, coulda, wouldas can’t change the result. Its just worth pointing out that Zinny was having a nightmare. and having to defend, he should have got Tierney in instead. Even when Kiwior came on i thought he was coming in for Zinny

The incident did fire up the crowd and gave their team energy.
But Liverpool’s players lost their composure as well, getting booked at halftime after play was over. Not exactly a sign of focus.
But the narrative will be that naive Arsenal were the ones who lost it, while the experienced Liverpool champions stayed calm and rose to the occasion because of the incident– not that Liverpool are still a good team at home and were actually trying this time, unlike when they mailed it in against Chelsea.

Nainsley Aitland Miles

Zinchenko was our key to passing out from the back. No way I would have hooked him on 60 minutes.

Adebanjo

Should have in the face of clear pressure and increasing inability to keep our rhythm going. With Tierny on early for Zinny we could have defended better and still have a quick outlet out for counter attacks on the left.

Chijioke

Same point here. He would have played the whole 90 if not for the goal. He was holding play but Tierney would have come in to double up on Salah and Trend

Jackie

Ben White was shambolic all game.

If only Martinelli could pass that ball to Saka’s feet since Alison was well off his area and was anticipating that pass.

We should have won this, but a draw is fine. We just need to not lose to City to win the league now.

Chris

Great bit of goalkeeping from Allison to be fair though

Nainsley Aitland Miles

He gave the ball away a few times but I wouldn’t quite say shambolic. You can’t really expect 8 out of 10 performances in every single game.

Fabulous

I don’t trust us not to lose to City though. If we go to the Etihad and park the bus, we’ll more likely lose. If for some reason we’re set up to play on the counter – which we’ve never done all season, then we may have a chance. United and Spurs regularly beat City with counterattacking football. City are a better version of us and with a game-changer in KDB and Haaland, I really fear our chances if we go and try to match them at their game.

Chijioke

True but like you said not packing the bus but sit a little deep and rely on Jesus, Nelli and Saka +Øde to be creative enough to get us a goal.

At the back also, we should be able to hold Haaland head and Kelvin from giving those passes from the wings or MF.

Ballz

Now everyone’s blaming Xhaka. I blame Arteta. Why change our tactics to sit back and defend when they were there for the taking? We didn’t even try to attack in the second half. How many times did we have Saka or Gabby sprinting forward with the ball, only to look up and see no one making a run into the box? This was absolutely poor game planning from the coach. Our identity this entire season has been that we are an attacking team, press from the front, and beat our opponents by overloading the flanks and making runs into the… Read more »

ArtetasForehead

At this point I think we should all agree that Arteta knows better than us.

Ealing

AW in the room downvotes this, lol

yes

I agree 100% he knows better than us and I’m not about to be a hindsight merchant, BUT I was very surprised he brought Kiwior on at that stage in the game. To me it felt like we’d weathered the storm and the game was opening up a bit, that if we’d rode the wave we could have brought it back under control – when I saw Trossard that’s what I thought we were going for. But going to a back three just invited pressure on, while having Trossard on meant we lost our out ball in Jesus. That said… Read more »

beldar77

Of all the comments on the move to a back 3 I agree with this one the most. I too felt like we had weathered the storm and were showing signs of starting to crawl back into it. With MO we would have been 1 typically MO touch away from a 3rd goal.

I agree we should have gotten the ball to Saka more in the 2nd half.

Der32

This sounds a lot like being a hindsight merchant though. We blew a 2-0 lead, it’s a lesson for the squad. But it shows the levels we are on this season that we are upset about a draw away at Anfield. I think Arteta gambled that Liverpool will try to score from set pieces and crosses, hence why he subbed Kiwior on. We ended up conceding to a cross too so he wasn’t that wrong. We needed to move the liner higher and defend the wings better in the final minutes and didn’t.

Anon

Just a little slip in emotions let them back in when they were fucked. Probably demonstrates why it’s such a difficult place to come.

Hopefully a lesson for next time.

Bill Hall

How do you know he told them to sit back? Maybe they just run out of steam or the atmosphere got to them. The equaliser was down to a mistake by Zinny!

Just love it, one not perfect result, lets all blame the manager. 4 out of 6 this season against Liverpool. Remember the away thrashing we got last season. That is how far we have come in 12 months.

EmileSmithWhoa

That, the anti Arteta voices, is the EPL fan bases these days, especially Arsenal if we struggle a bit. The number of games remaining…missing two top defenders…a young team…this is a major challenge the team is facing. We are not guaranteed anything yet. I understand going defensive in the end. I also understand not doing that. No matter what choices are made, if it fails the naysayers will erupt. I will say that Kiwior?? is leaving a bit of a question about his judgement for me, I hope he fixes that quickly as this season is proving why Wenger hated… Read more »

Fabulous

Thanks for this perspective. I suppose most of us are just disappointed as what seems a potential PL in 19 years is now no longer in our hands.

RockyRog58

You struggle with “Maths” Fab? Or are you just giving in to a City win v us ? I’m disappointed too and I’d wager so are our lads but a point away from home against the Scouse scum ! Might you have said that’s a good point looking at it from last season perspective ?
Another game down 8 to go immortality within our own hands

Hurensohn

“I blame Arteta. Why change our tactics?” That’s not a conscience decision to sit back, it’s the emotions getting to the players. They need to be stronger and deal witht he pressure better but that’s not on the manager…

Ballz

I don’t for a second believe it was emotions getting to the players. We didn’t try at all to get on the front foot in the second half. You could clearly see that the plan was to sit back, defend and try to hit them on the counter. We have been brilliant this season and it’s hugely because of Arteta. But this draw, in a game that we could have very easily won given how clueless Liverpool were for the first 30 minutes, is down to his tactics. The players didn’t forget how to play attacking football.

AFL

i don’ t think you’ll be able to convince the majority of the arseblog readers that 2 points lost is more on MA than on the players. I do agree with you though. I do follow closely MA especially post match and he is not witholding when the team fails to follow on his instructions. and, quite obviously those were to withraw and try to hit them on the counter which we were never good at when that is our only intention. Odegaard, who is our maestro and MAs msnager in the pitch, was clearly not starting the press on… Read more »

Crash Fistfight

Agree on the first part, but not sure it was to do with Arsenal players’ emotions, rather than Liverpool’s players.

It shouldn’t make that big a difference, but I do think that scuffle with Xhaka gave them a lift at the worst possible moment. They looked to have given up at that point, and we’re energised thereafter.

Public Elneny

I think it made sense to sit back and counter, we created plenty of excellent openings in the final 30 mins just had no composure. But I don’t think the subs helped at all. Jesus was the only one of our front 4 playing with energy and making good decisions at the point he went off. I understand switching to a back 5 to counter Liverpool’s front 4, but it should have been Tierney coming on as a left sided CB. Can’t understand the Kiwior sub, he looks way off the pace so far and created nerves right from his… Read more »

Nainsley Aitland Miles

I highly doubt that sitting back was an Arteta tactic.

It’s just the way the game went, Liverpool were smothering us, and we couldn’t react.

Bill Hall

Shame we didn’t win but 4 points from 6 is a vast improvement on last year. Well done lads!

Mentally Drained Gooner

If this the criteria then we’ve already got more total points than last season and will surely play the champions league next season. Why bother then?

Der32

Take a chill pill. 8 games to go, we’re all in for a ride.

ObiKing

In the bigger scheme of things, this is not such a bad result. It is in our own handsome we can go to the etihad and get a draw worst case scenario. Xhaka and not Martin should’ve been replaced. Zinny should have come off much earlier.

We will win this league though.

Nainsley Aitland Miles

Yeah it’s still in our handsome more than in Man City’s ugliness.

Adebanjo

Yes we will.

ArtetasForehead

Fuck Fuckity Fuck

Arteta Tots

Cant say we deserved 3 points, but on the other hand, i think we deserved 3 points. I’m not sure how i’m supposed to feel now

Richard

We should’ve been more decisive in the first half and we might’ve won. If you look at the stats we could’ve easily lost this one, but a draw at Anfield is not a bad result. We just need to find a solution against Citeh.

John

we were so comfortable at 0 2 and then that brain fade by Xhaka swinged momentum the other way!! anyways, it’s a valuable point.

Jackie

That’s absolutely nonsense.

Xhaka reacting to a shove from behind at the other end of the pitch had nothing to do with Ben White being out of position to allow a 2v1 on our right.

Y’all with these theories. Always looking at your usual scapegoats.

Adebanjo

This is not about scapegoats. Xhaka has been brilliant this season. But a beffudled Anfield was woken up by him and the rest as they say is history.

Yorkshire Gooner

Nope their goal soon afterwards woke the crowd and team up. Not Xhaka.

Nainsley Aitland Miles

That certainly seemed to be the turning point. The crowd woke up, and we switched off.

AFL

just give up watching the arsenal games and take instead the blunt stupidity of Caragher and Nevil for truth it will save you time. as if the Kop was dead and silent until the 30th minute. scapegoating Xhaka is pathetic. he has been impecable all season long. won back the tone of balls and stoped more liverpool attacks than partey today along with providing outlet on the left and passing Martineli for the assist to jesus for the second goal.

loose_cannon

A good result but disappointing to lose a 2 goal lead, especially given they missed a penalty. Also, take a bow Aaron Ramsdale! Unreal performance today.

Another Paul

Surely Viera instead of Kiwior was a better option to hold on to the ball for a while. We constantly gave the ball back in the second half. Big opportunity missed today…

Ealing

Game too physical for Viera

TechGuyNiran

Lol stop eeet not a game for Vieira…he would get lost

Collibosher

This means that we need a result at the Emptyhad. Still in our hands!

Qwaliteee

Unless City drop more points.

Keep the faith mate.

Hayduke

Kiwior for Odegaard left a bad taste in my mouth. If you want to swap control for defensive security make the Zinchenko Tierney change. Basically no drop in quality, just a change in style.

Ealing

KT should have come on earlier

Jackie

This. Don’t think Kivior’s head was matured enough to partake in a game like this. He hasn’t looked assured every time I’ve watched him play.

Ealing

His first involvement resulted in a great chance for Liverpool

Qwaliteee

Spot on. The trouble is, injuries are forcing our hands at the moment.

This is why I keep harping on about having a bigger squad.

Next season we’ll have Champions League football too – we need to strengthen again in the summer.

Crash Fistfight

Or Tierney for Xhaka and move Zinchenko into mf

Qwaliteee

Agreed.

The new kid isn’t up to speed yet. The sooner we get Saliba back as well, the better.

yes

Ramsdale, Gabriel – 10/10. No more to say. Two unbelievable performances. We lost the game in our heads but those two kept it alive for us. To show that character in that chaos in that cauldron is incredible, whatever the final score ended up being.

Frustrating but we move on.

Fatgooner

What about that free header he missed from the corner? That was a turning point: if that goes in then we win the game. Instead he headed it straight at the Liverpool keeper.

ste787

You can’t complain when he get the opportunity no one else got, a header is often a wild card and needs a bit of luck

ESR’s shinpads

I think it would be easy to overlook just how good Gabriel was today. Utterly dominated their forwards and didn’t give Salah a sniff.

John Leaf

Always underrated and outstanding! Gabriel and Ramsdale next Adams and Seaman for me. Performance but also leadership, fan connection and spirit. Love these guys!!! 🙂

dr Strange

Fuck Paul Tierney you coward of a cunt.

I love you Mikel, you’r a hero for me, but fuck you for not daring to play football in the second half. We are the better team, with the better players and soon the better manager but today Klop taket the point.

Love you Arsenal, it’s a brilliant point and we will be world beaters in a couple of years.

Hail to Arteta and beer to me!!!

Ballz

I agree with you 100 percent. This game was easily winnable. In the first 30 minutes when we played like ourselves, they looked completely clueless. Salah was comfortably in Gabriel’s pocket, Saka was tormenting Andy, Gabi was tormenting Trent, Jesus was causing chaos up front, the press was working, everything was going exactly as expected given how much better we’ve been this season. Then as soon as a little bit of pressure comes on, Arteta decides to become Stoke city. Am I overreacting? Yes. Would I have taken a draw before the game? Yes. Has Arteta been nearly flawless this… Read more »

EmileSmithWhoa

Beating Liverpool… at Anfield…with Klopp…easy? Pleeeeassse!

Ballz

Did you watch the game? They were completely clueless for the first 30 minutes. They got into it for the remainder of the first half, but the second half we completely ceded possession. We played like a Mourinho team

Moff

Aaron Fucking Ramsdale! Wow! One of my players of the season and may just have won us the league with that performance (and not for the first time) What a.keeper.

Fatgooner

We we great in the first half but shit in the second.

Arteta bottled it. In that second half we should have gone out on the attack and finished them off; instead, we tried to contain them and handed them the initiative. Going forward in the second half we did nothing – and Liverpool were there for the taking. We were lucky to get a point in the end.

Really annoying now: we’ve snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.

Hurensohn

“Arteta bottled it.” eh? It’s the players who were on the pitch, Arteta wouldn’t have told them to sit back and stop attacking. It’s an emotional reaction to the situation. You can’t blame the manager for it.

Chris

Not sure about that, I bet Liverpool took a rollicking at half time and they just came out and started the way they should have. Which is a bit different from Arsenal just defending and giving the game to them.

Ballz

I agree with you fats. I don’t believe in all that Anfield magic nonsense. We have been so much better than them this season, and the first 30 minutes proved so. But soon as they scored, the coach decided it was time to stop doing everything that’s made us unstoppable this season and play like a Mourinho team. He gave them way too much respect in the second half

Hair on Ram's Tail

The “Anfield magic” is 15% from the energy the crowd can give them, and 85% intimidated refs who don’t call the game correctly.

Hurensohn

Opportunity missed. Some poor, emotional decision making that doesn’t bode well for the other 2 big away games we have coming up.

Cobwebs

They will learn from what they did wrong. I think they’ll take some positives from the point.

Redbaron

Tierney needs to start more games. Zinchenko is gud but a defensive liability. Gabriel had to do work of 2 defenders today with Zinchenko always in midfield.

Arsenal & Arteta handed the initiative to Pool in second half. Jorginho for Xhaka, Tierney for Zinchenko around 60th wud have steadied the ship.

We owe this point to Ramsdale

Qwaliteee

Disagree about Zinchenko.

The guy is one of the main reasons we’re in this title race.

Adebanjo

Yes but when we have lost the initiative and are defending with our back to the wall in the cauldron called Anfield, we should bring in Tierney and get our defending right.

newreader

A precious point.
Was expecting Saka replaced by Trossard 2nd half. Tierney should also come on the pitch earlier.

John

Thé game turned at the exact moment Xhaka got drawn into some aggro and fired up the crowd. Aaron man of the match. Substitutions a tad late. But we didn’t lose like most teams do at Anfield and it’s still in our hands.

Yorkshire Gooner

Disagree. The game turned when they scored their first goal.

Vh

Any other official would have sent Konate off in the first half. Tierney is a discrace.

UzesGooner

FFS…. Blood Pressure 180/120

Feel deflated but also relieved…..some naive mistakes but also some good luck and some great saves….

Not sure about the subs, we have to get something at the Etihad !

CoachDuterte

Unfortunately we’ll get nothing at the Etihad…

Qwaliteee

Mate, that’s not the attitude to take.

Come on, we have a great opportunity to go up there and beat them.

Our lads are more than capable – and hopefully we’ll have Saliba back by then.

UzesGooner

That’s the spirit ! 🙄

No, if we’re gonna be champions we have to get something there, end of.

Adebanjo

I disagree. I think Etihad would be the key and with everyone expecting us to bottle it there I am sure we will win the game at the Etihad.

Thierry Bergkamp (non negotiable)

Xhaka lost his head, we lost momentum and 2 points. That’s how quickly the game changed.
No way we should have been holding on like that.
If only Big Gabi did put that header anywhere else.
Gutted.

RockyRog58

Could have won easy, could have lost calamitously but it’s a point away from home in the vicious Scouse cauldron ! On the plus side Aaron Ramsdale is seriously the best keeper in the league bar none ! What a superb performance from the lad ! Not even sure Wilson Rimmer Jennings Lukic Seaman or crazy Jens would have tipped away that deflected shot ?? Stunning !

Chris

He won us that point for sure, stunner of a save!!

Chris

Hard one to take, thing is before the game I’d probably have taken a point but having full control at 2-0 makes that point seem worth so much less.

Man Manny

Gutted by the late equaliser. When Salah missed the penalty, I thought it might just be our day.
There are yet more twists and turns to come. I hope it is in our favour.

RedHotHornBlower

Put the change in our fortunes down to Mr Xhaka. His red mist moment ultimately cost us the game. He literally woke them up.

UzesGooner

Zinchenko with a soft nutmeg as well….

BUT, we got a point at Annfield after all that without Saliba

Shit or bust at the Etihad !

Chris

Really? I know it’s a disappointing result but not sure that’s fair on Xhaka. And if Liverpool and the Anfield crowd were literally asleep then we should have been at at least 20-0 up by that point!

Yorkshire Gooner

No their goal, which had a lot of good fortune, woke them up.

Arse89

Feels disapointing but it is an important point livepool against top 6 at anfield are a different team let’s not forget city newcastle and united all lost there this season. To win the league we will have probably win at city

Der Kaiser

Keep calm but it’s the West Ham game that worries me. They have suddenly tightened up and they are potentially better than their league position suggests. It’s also a London derby. Win that and the next home game than the City match will be interesting

Qwaliteee

If any game is going to be particularly tough, it’s Newcastle away.

But, as I‘be said many times, on our day we can beat anyone and that includes City.

Hopefully their fixtures will catch up with them – would really love to see Grealish and Rodri knacker themselves out.

HenryStatueofHighbury

I may get downvoted for this opinion and that’s fine, I’d respect it. But Anfield is a difficult ground, Liverpool may be having a tough season, but as someone else noted in one of the pre-game articles here, they have been relatively solid at home, and the 7-0 drubbing of ManUre shows how dangerous they can still be. Looking at the scoreline today, a win would’ve been great, but a draw is not the end of the world, I think coming out of Anfield with a point is better than a loss at this stage, we have 8 games to… Read more »

Fair assessment. On another day, we might have lost today 2-4.

Adebanjo

YES!!!COYG!

Frosty

Rambo > Pickford

Chris

Undoubtedly.

vandall777

Xhaka was the catalyst for Liverpool’s fightback. Paul Tierney is a disgrace and hates arsenal. He couldn’t wait to punish Arsenal for the most innocuous of fouls, whilst leaving Liverpool to get away with so much.

Ian

I’ll take the point, especially they way Liverpool played second half. Second half we were on the back foot. Kudos to Ramsdale def MOTM

Qwaliteee

Gutted we didn’t get all three points, but ultimately we have our wonderful goal keeper to thank for getting out of there with a draw. I’m not buying this crap about the game turning with the Xhaka incident; we win lose and draw as a team. I think we’re more than capable of bouncing back against West Ham and we need to take positives from this game because at 2-0 we were cruising. Meantime, it would still help if someone could at least hold those fucking blue Manc cunts to at least a draw before we go up there. I… Read more »

Nainsley Aitland Miles

That Brighton v City game next week has been postponed as City have FA Cup instead.

Qwaliteee

Yep, my bad.

Still, I think Brighton may just be able to hold them to a draw, as and when they play them.

Chris

Brilliant, I’m really on board with these statements Qwalitee, let’s keep the focus and move on.

PTAFC

Regardless of decisions against us we had them and their crowd in our pockets until Xhaka lost his head. He got the crowd whipped up and the game changed, you know what anfield is like when they get behind their team. We’ll see if it’s a point gained or 2 lost but still in our hands