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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- 7SakaSubstituted forFerreira Vieiraat 90+4′minutes
- 8ØdegaardBooked at 45minsSubstituted forTierneyat 82′minutes
- 9Gabriel JesusSubstituted forNketiahat 90+1′minutes
- 17Cédric Soares
- 21Ferreira Vieira
- 23Sambi Lokonga
- 27Oliveira Alencar
- 66Alexander-ArnoldSubstituted forGomezat 45′minutesBooked at 71mins
- 32MatipSubstituted forKonatéat 69′minutes
- 4van Dijk
- 6Thiago Alcántara
- 11SalahSubstituted forFabinhoat 69′minutes
- 20JotaSubstituted forElliottat 81′minutes
- 23DíazBooked at 6minsSubstituted forFirminoat 42′minutes
- 28Freitas Gouveia Carvalho
Match ends, Arsenal 3, Liverpool 2.
Second Half ends, Arsenal 3, Liverpool 2.
Attempt blocked. Harvey Elliott (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Attempt blocked. Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Foul by Ibrahima Konaté (Liverpool).
Gabriel Martinelli (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Substitution, Arsenal. Fábio Vieira replaces Bukayo Saka.
Konstantinos Tsimikas (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Ben White (Arsenal).
Substitution, Arsenal. Eddie Nketiah replaces Gabriel Jesus.
Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Virgil van Dijk.
Thiago (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Granit Xhaka (Arsenal).
Substitution, Arsenal. Kieran Tierney replaces Martin Ødegaard.
Hand ball by Darwin Núñez (Liverpool).
Substitution, Liverpool. Harvey Elliott replaces Diogo Jota.
Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Takehiro Tomiyasu.
Fabinho (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Gabriel Jesus (Arsenal).
Goal! Arsenal 3, Liverpool 2. Bukayo Saka (Arsenal) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom left corner.
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