Arsenal and Liverpool play out thriller at the Emirates

December 23, 2017 by David Nugent

Roberto Firmino scores equaliser vs Arsenal: December 22nd 2017On Friday night, Arsenal and Liverpool drew 3-3 at the Emirates Stadium, in a highly entertaining Premier League clash.

Liverpool looked dangerous on the counter-attack throughout the game and the Reds struck first on 26 minutes.

Mohamed Salah looked to cross to Philippe Coutinho, only for the cross to hit an Arsenal defender and looped onto to the head of the Brazilian whose deft header beat Petr Cech.

The visitors went in at half time with the lead. However, a crazy six minutes in the second half seemed to turn the game right around. Liverpool scored a second goal on 52 minutes, as Salah ran at the Arsenal defence and saw his shot deflect past Cech and into the goal. However, the two-goal lead lasted less than a minute.

Hector Bellerin produced a pinpoint cross to Alexis Sanchez at the far post and the Chilean headed powerfully past Simon Mignolet. The Gunners were level three minutes. Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka picked up the ball a long way out and smashed an effort towards that somehow beat Mignolet and hit the bar before making its way into the goal.

The incredible turnaround was complete on 58 minutes. The Gunners probed the Reds defence and the ball fell to French striker Alexandre Lacazette, who produced a sublime back-heeled past to put Mesut Ozil through on goal. The German playmaker kept his cool and lofted the ball over Mignolet expertly.

However, the scoring was not over yet, as on 71 minutes Liverpool equalised. Emre Can played a superb defence-splitting ball to Roberto Firmino, who seemed surrounded by Arsenal players.

The forward found enough space to get a shot in on goal that Cech got a hand to but directed right into the back of his own net. That was the end of the scoring in a truly pulsating Premier League clash. Neither set of fans will be happy with their teams failing to win the game, even if the clash was a great watch for neutrals.

The draw means that Liverpool remain fourth and Arsenal are fifth in the table, just a point behind the north London club.

Premier League games today

One of gameweek 19’s Premier League games take place on Saturday, with some vital games at both ends of the table.

One of those big games takes place at Burnley, who take on Tottenham. The Clarets could move level on points with fourth place Liverpool and above Arsenal with a victory over the north London side. Spurs could move above Arsenal on goal difference with a victory.

A game at the other end of the table sees managerless Swansea host Crystal Palace at the Liberty Stadium. The Swans are bottom of the table and sacked boss Paul Clement on Wednesday. Veteran player/coach Leon Britton will be in temporary charge of the Welsh side for the clash with the Eagles.

Other Premier League games:

Everton v Chelsea 12.30pm

Brighton v Watford 3 pm

Manchester City v Bournemouth 3 pm

Southampton v Huddersfield 3 pm

Stoke v West Brom 3 pm

West Ham v Newcastle 3 pm

Leicester v Manchester United 7.45pm

Which is the biggest Premier League game of the weekend?