Arsenal beat Liverpool in thrilling five-goal match, sending out massive statement as title contender

London – Mikel Arteta’s team proved why they are at the top of the Premier League table after beating Liverpool 3-2 in the Emirates. Arsenal Gabriel Martinelli He opened the scoring in the first minute of the match, and despite the equalizer twice, Liverpool were chasing the match.

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Arsenal remain one point ahead of Manchester City and 14 points behind Jurgen Klopp’s side, which is a huge gap for the Reds to recover through the rest of the season.

Although goals Darwin Nunez And the FirminoAnd a tactical switch from Klopp wasn’t enough against Arsenal’s Premier League side.

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1. Martinelli and Bukayo Saka Shines as Arsenal advance to the title contender

It has become difficult for Mikel Arteta to deny Arsenal’s entry in the title race this season. Last weekend’s victory over Spurs was impressive, but the victory over Jurgen Klopp’s much-dominated Liverpool side looks as if this team’s winning statement has been waiting for them. The Emirates Stadium’s sound has rarely been louder, inspired by the fierce energy of Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka’s. Gabriel Jesusthe three front is in ruined shape at present.

Contrast that with another dim view of Mohamed Salahwho was on the edge of the game the whole time and with him Luis Diaz Forced out through injury, this was another occasion Sadio Mane I felt very absent. Arsenal benefited from an attractive fixture slate at the start of the season, but they built a positive momentum that helped them secure well-deserved wins over two top-four contenders on back-to-back weekends. Manchester City are an obvious contender for the title, but Arsenal have quickly reached the point where they could prove to be Pep Guardiola’s main rival. Special mention also to Saka, who managed to convert the most important penalty he has taken since missing the final penalty shootout at Euro 2020 with England.

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2. Consider the gap where Arsenal are 14 points ahead of Liverpool

It’s only October, and most teams have played only nine matches in the Premier League. Liverpool has a match in hand. But the sheer size of the gap between Arsenal and Liverpool should be a major concern for Klopp, given that he is now at 14 points.

A sign of Arsenal’s constant threat was shown with 46 touches into Liverpool’s box – more than in the previous five meetings combined (44). Liverpool conceded a higher figure only once under Klopp: 48 against Manchester City in November 2019.

The unprecedented situation of the World Cup that splits the domestic season into two parts makes the second half of the campaign even more difficult to predict and so the points on the board now could be more important than usual. Liverpool have plenty of time to recover, but Klopp was already pessimistic about his team’s chances of winning the title before this defeat and now they are 13 points behind Manchester City and even 10 behind Tottenham, who are in third place. This is now Liverpool’s worst start in a decade.

3. Changing the system does little to stop Liverpool’s defensive errors

Against Rangers in the middle of the week, Jurgen Klopp broke away from his tried-and-true 4-3-3 form for the first time in 79 games to play 4-2-3-1. They achieved a win and a clean sheet, but using the same formation in this tougher test was a huge gamble in trying to rock his team from their defensive slumber.

Despite enjoying a degree of control in the middle part of the first half, Liverpool booked the first 45 minutes with two shocking pieces of defence, both Trent Alexander Arnoldwhose weaknesses have been revealed regularly this season. Liverpool have now conceded the first goal in 10 of their 12 games this season and Klopp’s search for some form of stability continues.

Player ratings

Arsenal: Ramsdale 7, White 6, Saliba 7, Gabriel 6, Tomiasso 7, Barty 7, Saka 8, Odegaard 7, Zakka 6, Martinelli 9, Jesus 8.
Subs: Terni 6, Nketia 6, Viera 6.

Liverpool: Alison 6, Alexander-Arnold 5, Matip 6, Van Dyck 6, Tsimikas 6, Henderson 5, thiago 7, Salah 5, jota 7, Diaz 7, Nunez 7.
Subs: Firmino 7, Gomez 6, Konate 6, Fabinho 6, Elliot 6.

Best and worst performer

Best: Martinelli

Klopp often singles out Martinelli as one of the top talents and he has been proven right today with an indefatigable display that has made Liverpool rough.

worst: Alexander Arnold

Arsenal’s two goals came from his side but the second goal was particularly embarrassing from his point of view. An ankle injury caused him to be substituted in the first half but perhaps that also came as a relief.

Highlights and Highlights

Martinelli opened the scoring in the first minute to put Arsenal ahead in the Emirates.

Darwin Nunez He scored his second goal of the season, ending a drought with a goal since August 6.

Firmino’s goal made Liverpool level again 2-2.

Saka gave Arsenal the lead again after scoring from the penalty spot.

After the match: What the managers said, the players said

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Basic Statistics (Provided by ESPN Statistics and Information)

– Gabriel Martinelli’s goal is Arsenal’s first in the first minute (58 seconds) of a Premier League match since May 2013 (Theo Walcott20 seconds)

– Darwin Nunez cut a 304 minutes without a goal for Liverpool in all competitions (first goal since August 6 against Fulham on the first day of the match)

Bukayo Saka is the best 3 out of 3 penalty kicks in the Premier League

– This is already the most goals scored in a Liverpool-Arsenal match in any competition since October 2019, when the two teams tied 5-5 in the legendary Carabao Cup match

– Gabriel Martinelli is Arsenal’s youngest player to score and assist against Liverpool in the Premier League (21y 113d)

Roberto Firmino: 6 goals in the last 5 matches of PL. Arsenal is the team that scored the most goals against him in his career (10)

next one

Arsenal: Arsenal will play Bodeau/Glimt next on October 13 in the European League, followed by a visit to Leeds United in the Premier League on October 16, then a home match against PSV Eindhoven on October 20. They start out in domestic and European competition, and look to be the favorites to top their group in the European League.

Liverpool: The Reds face their upcoming Champions League side Rangers on October 12 after winning 2-0 in last week’s meeting, before hosting in-form Manchester City in the Premier League on October 16, followed by a home game against West Ham United. . Liverpool will be hoping to turn things around after a faltering start to the season, and the points gained against top teams such as Arsenal and Man City will be a huge boost.

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