Arsenal 4 Liverpool 1: Three talking points as Gunners go second
Sam Rogers takes a look at three talking points as Arsenal run riot and seal a 4-1 win over Liverpool at The Emirates
Rampant Arsenal kill contest by half time
After a tense opening salvo and with neither team wanting to overcommit, it took a piece of individual brilliance from Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin to break the deadlock. Bellerin cut inside onto his left foot and curled a low shot from inside the area past a despairing Simon Mignolet to open the scoring after 37 minutes. Mesut Ozil doubled his side’s lead just two minutes later with a sublime free kick into the top-left corner. Pint-sized Chilean Alexis Sanchez added to the rout with a brilliant solo effort to bag Arsenal’s third in eight minutes and near enough putting the game to bed. Olivier Giroud then rounded off the result in stoppage time with a brilliant effort from the edge of the area.
Henderson penalty not enough to salvage Reds
Liverpool would have arrived at The Emirates looking to cut the deficit on the top four to just two points and keep the pressure on Manchester United in fourth. Instead, they were caught out by a mad 10-minute spell and subsequently had more than a mountain to climb to earn even a point. Jordan Henderson did put his side on the score-sheet with 15 minutes to go but even that wasn’t enough to inspire an unlikely comeback as the men from Merseyside look set to say goodbye to Champions League football for next season at least.
Poor discipline leaves Rodgers’ men on the outside looking in
As they did against Manchester United before the interntational break, Liverpool imploded under the pressure of chasing the game in a match against a top four rival. Having just pulled a goal back and with 15 minutes on the clock, there was still a slim chance for the visitors of getting a result. That though soon vanished when Emre Can was sent off for a second yellow as Liverpool’s frustrations bubbled over. Arsenal took advantage of the extra man to score a fourth and put the match beyond doubt, leaving Liverpool five points behind United in fourth with the Red Devils having a game in hand.