In a riveting encounter at the Emirates Stadium, Arsenal secured a significant 3-1 triumph against Liverpool, narrowing the gap to just two points behind the Premier League leaders. The victory intensifies the competition for the title.
Liverpool, missing Mohamed Salah due to injury, saw Diogo Jota lead the line alongside Luis Diaz and Cody Gakpo on the wings. Arsenal, without Gabriel Jesus, who was sidelined with an injury, had Kai Havertz leading the attack, flanked by Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli.
The scoring opened for the Gunners in the 14th minute when Saka capitalised on a rebound from Havertz, putting Arsenal in the lead. However, just before halftime, Arsenal’s Gabriel Magalhaes inadvertently put the ball into his own net, allowing Liverpool to level the score.
In the second half, Arsenal surged ahead as Martinelli outplayed Virgil van Dijk, leading to a mix-up between the defender and goalkeeper Alisson. Martinelli capitalised on the confusion, tapping the ball into an open net.
Liverpool faced further setbacks when Ibrahima Konate was shown a red card, and Arsenal’s substitute, Leandro Trossard, sealed the victory with a smart finish through Alisson’s legs in stoppage time.
The result propelled Arsenal to second place in the Premier League standings, trailing Liverpool by just two points and holding a three-point advantage over third-placed Manchester City, who have two games in hand.
Arsenal’s next challenge will be against West Ham in the Premier League next Sunday, while Liverpool will host Burnley at Anfield next Saturday. Manchester City will seek to close the gap when they face Brentford on Monday.