Roberto takes equaliser against arsenal
Watch Arsenal vs Liverpool highlights as Roberto Firmino’s equaliser goal on the 87th minute of the premier league at Anfield on Sunday fixtures.
As Arsenal tops the premier league table, Liverpool stands in the 8th position of the table.
Arsenal vs Liverpool highlights
The league-leading Gunners looked set to pass the toughest assessment of their title credentials with a first Anfield win since 2012 when Gabriel Martinelli and Gabriel Jesus struck in an imperious opening 28-minute spell.
Mohamed Salah gave Liverpool a lifeline before half-time but his missed second-half penalty appeared to have handed Arsenal the victory they needed to restore their eight-point lead at the summit.
But Liverpool’s perseverance was rewarded three minutes from time when Arsenal’s nemesis Firmino levelled the contest with a header – his 11th Premier League goal against the Gunners.
The drama continued in a thrilling finale as Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale produced two sensational saves to prevent Salah and Ibrahima Konate scoring stoppage-time winners, as Arsenal clung onto a first Anfield point in seven seasons which could prove priceless if their title aspirations are to come to fruition.
Arsenal remain six points clear at the top of the Premier League and still have their fate in their hands but the sight of their seven-game winning run ending will only embolden champions Manchester City, who have played a game fewer and welcome the Gunners to the Etihad Stadium on April 26.
Arsenal could have been out of sight before Liverpool had the chance to respond to their free-flowing start, with Oleksandr Zinchenko forcing a save from Alisson Becker and Jesus turning Saka’s cross over at the back post before Andy Robertson blazed a shot past the post.
Arsenal’s dominance was underscored before the half-hour mark when Jesus rose unopposed in the Liverpool area to forcefully head in Martinelli’s superb cross.
Jurgen Klopp on postmatch interview
Jurgen klopp said, “It was a little bit typical for us this season and for Arsenal as well, it was a completely open game. They scored with the first situation and not too long after they scored the second one and our problems were big enough but we made them even bigger.
“But then the reaction was good, it was a spectacular game in the end. How we cannot win it, I don’t know, with the chances we had.
“It’s a point and a good reaction from the two goals we conceded, that’s positive but I’m caught in between. I have no problem with drawing and for Arsenal, it’s a super important point because if you draw these kinds of games, you’ve got a good chance to become champions.
“You cannot always be super, super, super convincing. They were good but they would agree they could or should have lost this game today. They didn’t so the point is probably better for them.”
What do you know about the Robertson incident? “Nothing. I know it happened but I didn’t watch it because in these situations, the pictures speak probably for themselves.”
Mikel Arterta On postmatch interview
“Wow. A really intense game. We started brilliantly, controlled the game and scored the first goal, and the second goal was a beautiful action. The game was under control until we conceded a really sloppy goal. Then the game changed momentum.
“We lost control after half time, lost far too many simple balls and it became a very open and chaotic game which they love. They could have scored three or four, missed a penalty and Aaron (Ramsdale) made a couple of great saves. But we had some big breakaways and could have scored two or three. In the end, the result is fair.
“The lesson is from the first 35 minutes and how we played coming to a ground like this and what we did. But we have to continue to do this regardless of the crowd and the result to go and look for a third and fourth goal.”
“I haven’t seen anyone do it in this Premier League season, nobody. They beat every big team here and could have been 4-0 up vs Real Madrid after 20 minutes so it’s extremely difficult. They are going to have moments and we did deal with them. Our goalkeeper played a big part.
“We could have taken three points – if we played like we did [at the start] for another 15 minutes the game would have taken a different trajectory – but we didn’t, and we have to take the point.
“We move on and try to convince them to play like they did for the first 35 minutes and we will win a lot of games.”