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Late Lacazette strike snubs Liverpool’s chance of three points

Both teams share the points in an eventful match between Arsenal and Liverpool at the Emirates. James Milner opened up the scoreline but was foiled by Alexandre Lacazette who grabbed an 82nd minute equaliser. 

Despite Arsenal’s domination in possession, it was Liverpool who eventually broke the deadlock. James Milner was the player to capitalise on Bernd Leno’s mistake, dispatching the rebound shot into the left hand corner. Arsenal, however, refused to drop their heads.

The Gunners were rewarded for their endeavours with a hard-worked equaliser. Alexandre Lacazette coolly curled the ball past Alisson with just eight minutes to go.

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End to end action

The game packed a lot of goal-mouth action, with Arsenal attacking Liverpool’s defence within minutes of kick-off. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang looked confident against young right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold. The Gunners had several chances to take advantage of his poor defensive display.

The danger from Arsenal continued, with Aubameyang again penetrating the left flank. Although, the hosts lacked finesse in front goal, wasting some crucial chances to take the lead.

Liverpool were also exploiting Arsenal’s defensive frailties. The Reds looked to have scored the opening goal in the 17th minute, however, it was controversially ruled offside.

They had a few more glaring chances but were unable to convert. Arsenal also threw away plenty of clear-cut chances to claim the match.

A fair result?

Despite Arsenal’s ball retention, they were unable to thwart Liverpool’s defence and clinch a win. The Reds also underperformed in the final third.

Virgil van Dijk tested the woodwork on multiple occasions, narrowly missing three chances to seal the win. Sadio Mané was unable to make solid contact with Mohamed Salah’s powerful pass across the box

Moreover, what can be somewhat unsettling for Liverpool fans is the muted performance of Roberto Firmino.

It was a game that neither side could afford to lose. For Liverpool who are battling with Manchester City and Chelsea, and for Arsenal who continue their evolution under Unai Emery.

Liverpool’s next fixture will be against Fulham at Anfield. The Reds will know that continue their title fight, their performances need to improve exponentially.

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