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Gunners suffer heavy defeat at Anfield

Posted on February 08, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal suffered a humiliating 5-1 defeat against Liverpool at Anfield. Liverpool made an incredible start to the game scoring four goals in the first 20 minutes of this clash.

The Gunners made a nightmare start to game and conceded the opening goal in the first minute. Steven Gerrard’s free-kick was steered into the net by Reds centre-back Martin Skrtel. On four minutes Daniel Sturridge saw an effort saved by Wojciech Szczesny.

The home side continued their fast start and on ten minutes doubled their lead. Liverpool’s young full-back John Flanagan’s shot was turned wide of the Arsenal goal by Szczesny. It was the same combination again, as a Gerrard’s corner-kick found Skrtel and the defender’s superb looping header beat Szczesny.

A few minutes later it nearly got worse for the visitors as Sturridge was put clean through on goal, only for the striker’s chipped effort go wide of goal. On 14 minutes Liverpool came close to extending their lead.

Reds striker Luis Suarez saw a cleanly struck volley comeback off the post. Unfortunately for the visitors the home side did make it three on 17 minutes. Luis Suarez’s low cross was converted at the far post by young winger Raheem Sterling.

Three minutes later and the home side added a fourth goal. Philippe Coutinho put Daniel Sturridge through on goal and this time the England striker made no mistake stroking the ball past Szczesny in the Arsenal goal.

The Gunners looked shell-shocked in what had been an incredible first 20 minutes from the Merseysider’s.  Liverpool took the foot off the gas and the visitors started to have more of the ball, but without really threatening the Liverpool goal.

The home side went in at half-time with a very strong lead and the game was as good as over after such an incredible first 20 minutes.

The visitors came out slightly stronger in the second half looking to get back in into the game. On 46 minutes Jordan Henderson brought down Jack Wilshere 30 yards out from goal. Santi Cazorla’s free-kick took a deflection off the wall and went for a corner kick.

Despite Arsenal coming out brighter in the second half the home side found a fifth goal on 52 minutes. Sterling picked up the ball ran into the Arsenal box and hit an effort which Szczesny saved, but the winger made no mistake with the rebound.

Liverpool threatened again on 54 minutes. Sterling failed to react quickly enough after Daniel Sturridge had knocked on a Steven Gerrard cross.  On 57 minutes the away side had a rare attack with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain seeing a decent long-range effort saved low by Simon Mignolet.

On the hour mark Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger decided to make changes, replacing Mesut Ozil and Nacho Monreal with Tomas Rosicky and Kieran Gibbs. A minute later and Wilshere had a shot at goal saved relatively easily by Mignolet.

Liverpool could have had six on 63 minutes, as Suarez’s free-kick from 30 yards was tipped over the bar by Szczesny. Four minutes later the home side were on the attack yet again. Coutinho found Jordan Henderson with a superb pass. However he chipped his effort wide of goal from the edge of the box.

The Gunners got a goal back on 69 minutes. Steven Gerrard brought down Oxlade-Chamberlain in the penalty area and former-Everton midfielder Mikel Arteta scored from the resulting spot-kick. On 72 minutes the Gunners threatened again, Mignolet making a good save from a Mikel Arteta free-kick.

A minute later Brazilian midfielder Coutinho hit an effort straight at Szczesny from the edge of the penalty area. Suarez was still going even in the 79th minute and the Uruguayan saw an effort, much to Szczesny’s relief.

On 86 minutes Sterling went clean through on goal after beating Kieran Gibbs, but the youngsters effort was pushed behind superbly by Szczesny. Two minutes later and Arsenal’s Oxlade-Chamberlain long-range effort took a deflection off Aly Cissokho and went for a corner kick.

Joe Allen headed the corner away, only for the ball to fall for Cazorla, whose effort was blocked and the attack came to nothing. That was the last real moment of note in what was a fantastic day for Liverpool, but an absolute nightmare for the Gunners.

Arsenal remain temporarily top, but the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea could overthrow them with wins later today. The home side meanwhile are now just six points behind Arsenal in the Premier League table.

Can the Gunners get back on track with their title bid with a win on Wednesday?

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