Arsenal 0 – 0 Liverpool
Man of the Match – Petr Cech (Arsenal)
Liverpool and Arsenal clashes always promise goals, but this particular encounter didn’t provide any. Instead, both teams cancelled each other out in a thrilling game of football to watch. Arsenal were forced to start with second choice defenders Callum Chambers and Gabriel Paulista, after Per Mertesacker was ruled out due to illness, and Laurent Koscielny due to a back injury.
Both teams created chances, but failed to take any, as well as being denied by some fine goalkeeping. Phillipe Coutinho struck the post in the 3rd minute, before Aaron Ramsey’s goal was wrongly disallowed for offside. Liverpool dominated the first half, with Petr Cech saving brilliantly from a Christian Benteke shot. He then managed to turn a rasping shot from Coutinho on to the far post, as Liverpool looked in the ascendancy.
Arsenal regrouped after the break, and went close twice; first when Alexis Sanchez struck the post and then when Simon Mignolet saved from Olivier Giroud. Coutinho was Liverpool’s star man and a constant menace. Callum Chambers suffered a torrid night, and made several gaffes, only to be spared his blushes, by some tidy work by Gabriel and Cech.
Arsenal next travel to Newcastle, while Liverpool host West Ham.
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