North London outfit Arsenal returned to the summit of the Premier League standings, following an exciting 3-2 victory over Merseyside giants Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium in a Super Sunday encounter.
The Gunners were quick off the blocks as Gabriel Martinelli opened the scoring after just 58 seconds, but the visitors soon leveled through Darwin Nunez – who tucked in Luis Diaz’s cross.
Mikel Arteta’s side went in front in first half stoppage time, as Bukayo Saka completed a flowing counter attacking move to put the Gunners 2-1 up.
Upon resumption of the second half, Roberto Firmino equalized for Liverpool but the hosts soon had their noses in front, as center referee Michael Oliver blew for a penalty after Gabriel Jesus was fouled in the area.
Bukayo Saka scored the resulting spot-kick to give the Gunners all three points and sent them back to the top of the table.
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FULL-TIME AT THE EMIRATES STADIUM: Arsenal 3-2 Liverpool
75′ MIN: Bukayo Saka converts the spot-kick beyond goalkeeper Alisson Becker to restore Arsenal’s lead.
GOOOAAALLL!!! Arsenal 3-2 Liverpool (B. Saka)
Thiago Alcantara is adjudged to have fouled Gabriel Jesus and the result is a penalty.
PENALTY!!! To Arsenal
53′ MIN: It’s that man again! Roberto Firmino aka The Slayer of Arsenal nets his tenth goal against the Gunners to draw the Reds level.
GOOOAAALLL!!! Arsenal 2-2 Liverpool (R. Firmino)
SECOND HALF UNDERWAY AT THE EMIRATES STADIUM: Arsenal 2-1 Liverpool
HALF-TIME AT THE EMIRATES STADIUM: Arsenal 2-1 Liverpool
45+5′ MIN: A lightning counter attack from the Gunners sees Bukayo Saka restore the lead for Mikel Arteta’s side.
GOOOAAALLL!!! Arsenal 2-1 Liverpool (B. Saka)
34′ MIN: A cross from Luis Diaz is tucked home by Uruguayan striker Darwin Nunez, as he nets his second Premier League goal of the campaign.
GOOOAAALLL!!! Arsenal 1-1 Liverpool (D. Nunez)
1′ MIN: That was quick!!! Gabriel Martinelli finds the back of the net, off a pass from skipper Martin Odegaard.
GOOOAAALLL!!! Arsenal 1-0 Liverpool (G. Martinelli)
KICK-OFF AT THE EMIRATES STADIUM: Arsenal 0-0 Liverpool
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has filed his team out in a 4-2-1-3 formation, with the likes of Diogo Jota, Mo Salah, Darwin Nunez and Luis Diaz all expected to counter the threat the Gunners might pose.
Japanese international Takehiro Tomiyasu starts at right-back, Thomas Partey, Granit Xhaka and Martin Odegaard are in midfield while Gabriel Jesus, Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka will lead the frontline for the Gunners.
2 thoughts on “Arsenal 3-2 Liverpool: Saka Brace & Martinelli effort help Gunners return to the Top, Nunez and Firmino net for the Reds”
Arsenal to win 4_2
2_0 in favour of Liverpool