If you had told me when Gabriel Jesus scored the Gunners’ second goal of the game that Aaron Ramsdale would be man of the match, I would have called you crazy, but that’s exactly what happened. The English national team player stepped up in the biggest moments to save Arsenal a point.
With a strong lead, the hope of course had to be to claim the three points. However, that all changed before half-time, and after a missed penalty and two goals, a late save will no doubt give the club a boost with eight games remaining this season.
Salah’s save from a deflected shot is initially out of this world and is similar to the reach James Maddison showed from a free-kick last season. But diving back in the dying seconds to stop Ibrahim Kojate was inspired.
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If you want to see what midfield should be like in one of the big teams, go back and watch Thomas Partey’s individual performance. The Ghanaian showed what Arsenal have been missing when he was absent from the home clash with Manchester City and Mikel Arteta will be praying he is available for the trip to the Etihad in a few weeks time.
The way he uses space to his advantage seems so simple, but it takes incredible talent to pull it off. Liverpool’s players just couldn’t take him off the ball and he made the rare second-half escapes that could have sealed victory.
The draw ultimately means the title is now in Manchester City’s hands. There is an added emphasis on the game between the two rival clubs on Wednesday 26th April, with the winner of this game taking full control of the league with five games remaining.
Although City would love to go even closer, Pep Guardiola argued that dropping points in just one game could cost them the title. Liverpool know this better than anyone, having topped 90 points multiple times and yet to win the prized trophy.
It will seem harsh, especially given that Granit Xhaka’s overall performance has been really good apart from one incident, but the Swiss midfielder was the reason Arsenal failed to win at Anfield. At 2-0, the stadium was dead but a clash between Xhaka and Trent Alexander-Arnold brought life to the ground as Arteta and Jurgen Klopp sparred moments after Sadio Mane scored the opener to make it 4-0. to win
Arsenal should have learned from that and I’m pretty sure that’s what Arteta was talking about before the game. However, Xhaka couldn’t help but get involved in a tackle with the full-back.
Think Stamford Bridge and facing Trevo Chalobah and Mateo Kovacic. Xhaka could be seen laughing at the moment, but he just couldn’t after being pushed by a Liverpool defender and the game took a 180-degree turn to end with two points.
Mikel Arteta has led this whole process, he has improved as a coach to a level that few expected him to achieve so quickly. However, this device highlighted an area that could still use some improvement.
With Liverpool completely in possession of the game, the Spaniard’s substitutions were both overly cautious and late. Kieran Tierney came on three minutes into normal time, watching his soon-to-be-replaced teammate Alexander Zinchenko beat Alexander-Arnold for the equaliser.
After Liverpool sent off Fabinho, Jakub Kivior came on for Martin Odegaard, leaving Arsenal with the hosts in midfield. It seems easy to say in hindsight, but perhaps swapping in Jorginho or even Emil Smith Rowe or Fabio Vieira could have given the Gunners more at the break.
This was the performance of a player who was about to spend over an hour booked against Cody Gakpo, Andrew Robertson and Diogo Jota/Darwin Nunes. White was naïve to dive so early after narrowly losing the ball and it opened up a weakness that could not have been replaced without Takehiro Tomiyasu as a substitute.
White’s passing lacked conviction throughout and his broken link with Bukayo Saka had a negative impact on the winger’s overall contribution. White has been excellent this season, but this game was probably a learning curve for England.
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