The English Premier League encounter between Arsenal and Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium on Monday night ended in a stalemate after excellent performances from both goalkeepers. On paper it looked as if the Gunners were on course for a eighth straight victory against the Merseysiders in the Premier League, however it was the Reds who started the brighter of the two teams as Philippe Coutinho hit the crossbar in the second minute. Six minutes later the home team should have been ahead after Aaron Ramsey timed his run perfectly to get onto the end of a Santi Cazorla through ball, but the Welshman’s fine finish was to be ruled out for offside.
In the 38th minute Christian Benteke came close for the visitors but failed to capitalise after good link up play between Roberto Firminho and Coutinho. It was the latter who was looking more and more dangerous as he went past two home defenders before a finger-tip Peter Cech save turned his effort onto the right hand post. Brendan Rodgers would have been disappointed that his team were not in front going into the half-time break.
After being on the back foot for most of the first period, it was Arsene Wenger’s team who was asking questions of the away defence in the second stanza. It was good build-up play by Wenger’s boys that led to Alexis Sanchez’s effort in the 59th minute but the Chilean was to be denied by the post. Sanchez was at the centre of most of the London club’s attacks and combined well with Mesut Ozil, but their creativity lacked a good finish.
In the 81st minute Coutinho would come close again for Rodgers’ men as he wiggled past the Arsenal defence only for his shot to be turned around the post for a corner. In the 81st minute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was introduced to the match and the England international came close in added time as he walloped in a shot that was turned behind by Simon Mignolet.
The last chance of the half would fall to Gabriel who headed over the final effort of the match as the Gunners failed to secure a home win.
Match Report: Arsenal vs Liverpool
Arsenal: Cech, Bellerin, Chambers, Gabriel, Monreal, Coquelin, Cazorla, Ramsey, Ozil, Alexis, Giroud.
Subs: Ospina, Debuchy, Gibbs, Arteta, Flamini, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Walcott
Liverpool: Mignolet, Clyne, Skrtel, Lovren, Gomez, Milner, Can, Lucas, Firmino, Coutinho, Benteke .
Subs: Bogdan, Sakho, Moreno, Origi, Ings, Ibe, Rossiter