Goals galore as Arsenal draw away at Anfield

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Author:  @S_Mbagwu

 

The highly anticipated clash between Liverpool and Arsenal lived up to expectations as the two teams drew in an enthralling goal bonanza. Both teams will leave the game thinking that they could have had more from the game; Liverpool let 2 leads slip in a game that they dominated for large parts whilst Arsenal were pegged back late on by a dramatic equaliser from the diminutive Welshman Allen.

 

The opening exchanges indicated how the game was going to pan out. Liverpool pressed ferociously and we struggled to cope with their intensity. 9 minutes into the game Walcott picked up a loose ball from a Liverpool corner. 3 Liverpool players soon converged on him and the ball found its way to Can which forced a save from Cech. Firmino was on hand to sweep the rebound into the bottom corner after a touch to set himself.

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Our response was immediate. A long kick from Cech was flicked on by Giroud. Ramsey picked the ball up and played it to Campbell who returned the ball to Ramsey after some nice hold up play. Campbell’s trade mark defence splitting pass was finished superbly by Ramsey who struck the ball first time into Mignolet’s near post.

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Despite the two early goals, neither team was willing to let up on their gung ho approach and it was only a matter of minutes until Liverpool were leading again. The ball found its way to Firmino after some midfield ping-pong and the Brazilian teed himself up to bend in his second of the game.

Liverpool didn’t take heed of Arsenal’s previous equaliser and moments later Ramsey way through again after some nice interplay with Giroud. He managed to loop his effort over the onrushing Mignolet but Sakho was one hand to clear off the line. The resulting corner brought about a much deserved equaliser as Giroud got a delicate touch on Ramsey’s cross.

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Girouds equaliser knocked the stuffing out of Liverpool as we grew in confidence. In form Campbell picked the ball up on the edge of the Scousers area and produced a wonderful inside ball to Walcott after some fantastic shimmying and feinting. Walcott squared the ball for what looked like a nailed on second for Giroud however the Big Frenchman made poor contact and the chance was spurned.

 

Liverpool finally reigned in their all-out attacking play and the match became cagey. Aside from a shot from Firmino that grazed the woodwork, both teams created very little in the way of chances as the game was poised for the second half.

 

The second half brought a role reversal of the first as Arsenal took the lead 9 minutes in. A wayward ball by Flamini was brilliantly retrieved by Bellerin who galloped deep into the Liverpools half and found Campbell on the edge of the Liverpool area. Just like the first goal Campbell played a reverse ball through the Liverpool defence and found Giroud albeit via a slight knick. Olivier with an exquisite Cruyff turn on his first touch, caressed the ball past the motionless Mignolet.

 

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With Arsenal now in the lead, they changed their mentality, adopting a more defensive approach. Liverpool on the other hand changed their strategy to become more direct in their play. The introduction of Benteke and Caulker caused havoc to the Arsenal’s defence who struggled to deal with Liverpool’s added aerial threat. It’s no surprise that Liverpool were finally able to make the breakthrough in the final minute of normal time. A long ball from Henderson was knocked down by Benteke and with only minutes left Joe Allen arrived to grab a last-minute equaliser.

 

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Although we didn’t come away with 3 point I’m sure most of us would have been happy with 1 point at the beginning of the day. Manchester City also failed to win and no ground was made by our closest challengers. With Wenger confirming that the Elneny deal is all but done we’ll be looking forward to a reinforced midfield and hopefully that should be enough to cover one of the more concerning gaps that was present in our squad.

 

 

 

By Sylvester Mbagwu ‘ Obsessed Gooner who’s passionate about all things Arsenal’

Guest Writer

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