Morning all.

Mikel Arteta on The Emirates atmosphere:

I’ve never seen it like this, you cannot imagine how much it helps the players, how much belief it gives, how much confidence, and support. It’s one of the nicest things we’ve done since we are together here, to unite everybody and feel like you go here and you’re going to have some experience and it’s great. It’s great, honesty thank you so much to everybody. The way they generate that energy, that togetherness with the team. They are living the game with us. Some days to watch the game and sometimes to live the game with us. They are in every ball, in every action and it’s just magnificent

The build up for this match was all about Arsenal’s recent results against Liverpool and whether the club sitting second in the League before kick off, could finally beat their nemesis. Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal have beaten Klopp’s Liverpool before of course but that was a hollow victory according to Martin Tyler I think, because Liverpool had just won the league. If this Arsenal are to be taken seriously, they had to beat Liverpool. Why the media would say that when they’ve spent the last eight weeks writing about how poor Liverpool are this season, only they know but I guess they were hoping we’d give them another negative Arsenal headline to write.

The match was great for the neutral but so so stressful for an Arsenal fan. Well, it was for me.

Oleksandr Zinchenko was missing from the squad so Takehiro Tomiyasu came in at left back. No surprise really as Kieran Tierney played on Thursday and is like to start this Thursday too, plus, our Japanese player is an excellent dual footed defender as Mo Salah soon found out. The rest of the team was the same as last weekend.

Less that a minute on the clock and we were 1-0 up. William Saliba won the ball in his own half to start the move going. Bukayo Saka, Martin Odegaard, and lastly Gabriel Martinelli. The latter’s finish was clinical. Liverpool looked shell shocked, the Arsenal players looked thrilled whilst Arsenal fans were probably in dreamland.

After a while, Liverpool started to find their feet and Aaron Ramsdale was called into action. First to stop a Darwin Nunez shot and then to grab a cool header back to him from William Saliba. Lucky deflection? Never. But Klopps men did draw level through Nunez, helped by some slack defensive work. I felt Arsenal lost their way a bit after conceding and Liverpool looked the more likely to score but just as halftime approached, we sprung an attack which started from a clearance of a Liverpool free-kick. The move was really good and Saka was on the end of it with a stretched leg to beat Alison.

The goal and the break came at the perfect time for Mikel Arteta’s team.

The second half started with Arsenal on the front foot again and really should have extended the lead but once more, Liverpool equalised, once more Arsenal’s defending wasn’t at its best. Firmino once again getting a goal against us. Then came the penalty which Michael Oliver awarded after Thiago caught the back of Jesus’ foot. Up stepped Bukayo Saka, cool as a cucumber and Arsenal were again in the lead. Arsenal had beaten Liverpool 3-2.

There were a few spicy moments in the game, certainly the handbags after Oliver awarded us a penalty, something which the FA are set to investigate. Rumours on the internet suggest that Henderson said something to Gabriel which the Brazilian didn’t like. By the look on Firmino’s face, he didn’t like it either.

 

Gabriel Jesus was caught in the face by Tsimikas, deliberate or not only the Liverpool defender knows but the referee and VAR thought it was fine. Gabriel Martinelli was dangerously barged off the pitch by Gomez, the kind of action which has seen both Mateiu Debuchy and Rob Holding suffer serious injury in the past and Liverpool were denied a penalty when the ball hit Gabriel’s hand in the box. Martinelli also caught Alexander-Arnold’s ankle with his studs after he’d won the ball.

Gabriel Martinelli won the man of the match award, understandably of course but the player who I thought was exceptional too is Takehiro Tomiyasu, who after 69 minutes, let Mo Salah out of his pocket.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta to Sky Sports:

It feels great [beating Liverpool], especially the way we won the game, the way we played, the atmosphere, I think we deserved to win the game. There were a lot of moments, the way they can open you up and exploit the space. They were very efficient with the chances they had. But we showed a lot of composure and character in difficult moments to overcome them, especially in the second half.

It was a lively half-time team talk, but I wanted to give them some encouragement and confidence the game was there for the taking. There were obviously a few things we had to adjust and be better at; more composure and more courage to play. Everything was better in the second half. The organisation, the timing of the press, we won every duel and second ball. I was really happy with that.

Next up for Arsenal is Bodo/Glimt in Norway on Thursday evening.

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