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Arsenal 3-2 Liverpool: The Gunners back on top

Posted on October 10, 2022 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal have returned to the top of the Premier League table after beating Liverpool 3-2 at the Emirates on Sunday, courtesy of an early opener from Gabriel Martinelli and a brace from Bukayo Saka. Darwin Nunez and Roberto Firmino struck for the visitors.

It was a lively affair throughout, with Martinelli’s goal coming within a minute from the kick-off and forcing Liverpool to attack more fiercely than they would have done otherwise. The balance of the game changed with relative frequency, but it could be said that Liverpool controlled most of the proceedings in the first half and Arsenal took over after the break.

Arteta should certainly be commended for his strategic ideas for this match. His team attacked in waves in between which they defended with resilience, showing real spirit and high levels of organization at either end of the pitch. Also, the way the Gunners switched flanks while attacking tended to throw Liverpool off balance almost every time, with Martinelli’s opener again the perfect example.

It was Ben White who launched the ball down the right towards Bukayo Saka, who took the ball some way forward before engaging Martin Odegaard in the middle. The Norwegian then released Martinelli, who made his run from the left, with a lovely pass in between Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joel Matip. The Brazilian turned provider from the second goal, as the ball this time went from left to right and found Saka at the far post while Gabriel Magalhaes and Odegaard helped overload Kostas Tsimikas on the edge of six yards.

The match wasn’t short of controversy either, most notably when referee Michael Oliver decided not to award Liverpool a penalty for what appeared to have been a handball by Gabriel inside the Arsenal box, and in all honesty, the referee may have dropped a clanger there, letting the Arsenal defender off the hook.

At the very end of the match, a scuffle between the two sets of players broke out, involving Gabriel and Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson. Unsurprisingly, Granit Xhaka was there too, as were several others from both sides. Oliver then spoke to both Arteta and Jurgen Klopp and the FA later announced that an investigation would be launched into what exactly happened.

Be that as it may, Arsenal arguably deserved their victory and rightly sit above Manchester City again.

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