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Arsenal close gap at the top with win over Liverpool

Published on February 4, 2024
Updated on February 5, 2024
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Arsenal close gap at the top with win over Liverpool
  • Gunners right back in the title race
  • Second league loss of the season for Liverpool
  • Title favourites Man City in action on Monday

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Gunners pounce on errors to seize vital win

Arsenal’s triumph over Liverpool in a tension-filled match at Emirates Stadium significantly closed the gap at the summit of the Premier League to a mere two points. The Gunners capitalised on critical errors from Liverpool’s usually reliable goalkeeper, Alisson, securing a vital victory in the process.

From the outset, Mikel Arteta’s side understood the gravity of the situation, realising that defeat was simply not an option. They seized the opportunity presented by Alisson’s mistakes, with Bukayo Saka pouncing on a rebound to slot home in the 14th minute after Alisson parried a shot from Kai Havertz.

Nevertheless, Liverpool managed to pull level just before the halftime whistle, benefiting from defensive disarray as Gabriel inadvertently directed the ball into his own net amidst confusion between David Raya and William Saliba in their attempts to thwart Luis Diaz.

The second half witnessed Liverpool gaining momentum, with Alexis Mac Allister and Curtis Jones threatening the Arsenal defence on multiple occasions. However, another blunder from Alisson, this time in tandem with Virgil van Dijk, gifted Arsenal the lead once more courtesy of Gabriel Martinelli.

Liverpool’s frustrations escalated further as Ibrahima Konate received a second yellow card late in the game, leaving them at a numerical disadvantage. Arsenal capitalised on the situation, with substitute Leandro Trossard netting a third goal in stoppage time, once again exploiting Alisson’s lapse in concentration.

The defeat marked only Liverpool’s second league loss of the season, while Arsenal’s jubilant celebrations at the final whistle underscored the significance of the victory in the tightly contested title race. Favourites Manchester City are in action on Monday evening against Brentford.

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At the time of writing, bet365 have got Arsenal priced at 6/1. Manchester City are favourites at 4/6 while leaders Liverpool are at 9/4.

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Chris is a former athlete and a qualified PE teacher. He is a keen football fan, watching many matches at different levels throughout the season, and enjoys following many different sports. With betting and sports sites, he has a keen eye for detail and can to highlight positives and negatives for users. His experience in sport as a performer, teacher, writer and fan allows him to see things from many different perspectives.

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