Saka double as Arsenal beat Liverpool to go top


Gabriel Martinelli gave Arsenal the lead after 58 seconds and the Brazilian has been directly involved in eight goals in his past seven Premier League games at Emirates Stadium

Bukayo Saka’s penalty settled a thrilling encounter and put Arsenal back on top of the Premier League with victory over Liverpool at Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal got off to a perfect start when Gabriel Martinelli put them ahead after 58 seconds but Liverpool responded well and striker Darwin Nunez deservedly got them level when he slid home Luis Diaz’s cross after 34 minutes.

Saka restored Arsenal’s lead in first-half added time after Martinelli broke clear on the counter-attack only for Liverpool to level once more eight minutes after the break when substitute Roberto Firmino, on for the injured Diaz, fired beyond keeper Aaron Ramsdale.

Liverpool, who felt they were denied a penalty when defender Gabriel handled in the first half, felt a further sense of injustice when Thiago Alcantara was penalised for a challenge on Gabriel Jesus with 14 minutes remaining, with Saka coolly converting from the spot.

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Arsenal

  1. Squad number3Player nameTierney
  2. Squad number14Player nameNketiah
  3. Squad number21Player nameFábio Vieira

Line-ups

Arsenal

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Ramsdale
  • 4White
  • 12Saliba
  • 6Gabriel
  • 18Tomiyasu
  • 5Partey
  • 34Xhaka
  • 7SakaSubstituted forFerreira Vieiraat 90+4′minutes
  • 8ØdegaardBooked at 45minsSubstituted forTierneyat 82′minutes
  • 11Martinelli
  • 9Gabriel JesusSubstituted forNketiahat 90+1′minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Tierney
  • 14Nketiah
  • 16Holding
  • 17Cédric Soares
  • 21Ferreira Vieira
  • 23Sambi Lokonga
  • 24Nelson
  • 27Oliveira Alencar
  • 30Turner

Liverpool

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Alisson
  • 66Alexander-ArnoldSubstituted forGomezat 45′minutesBooked at 71mins
  • 32MatipSubstituted forKonatéat 69′minutes
  • 4van Dijk
  • 21Tsimikas
  • 14Henderson
  • 6Thiago Alcántara
  • 11SalahSubstituted forFabinhoat 69′minutes
  • 20JotaSubstituted forElliottat 81′minutes
  • 23DíazBooked at 6minsSubstituted forFirminoat 42′minutes
  • 27Núñez

Substitutes

  • 2Gomez
  • 3Fabinho
  • 5Konaté
  • 7Milner
  • 9Firmino
  • 19Elliott
  • 28Freitas Gouveia Carvalho
  • 47Phillips
  • 62Kelleher

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