Arsenal made it 10 wins out of their last 11 league games with a dominant 4-1 victory over Liverpool. The win sees Arsenal climb into 2nd place with Man City not playing till Monday, whilst Liverpool missed out on a chance to put pressure on United ahead of them, and they could slip down the table with Spurs and Southampton both having favourable fixtures this weekend.
The Gunners picked up where they left off prior to the international break and found the back of the net 3 times in an emphatic opening 45 minutes, but they easily could have added more against a very unconvincing Liverpool side.
Liverpool somehow weathered an early storm from Arsenal, with Simon Mignolet making 2 fine saves, but the hosts finally got the reward they deserved after 37 minutes when Bellerin curled a fine effort past the keeper. A rampant Arsenal side then added another 2 in the next 8 minutes, with Ozil scoring from a free kick and Sanchez adding a third after showing excellent control and firing past the keeper from outside the box.
Sanchez’s goal provided the knock out blow for Liverpool, who brought on Sturridge in the second half but it was very much mission impossible by this point. Liverpool were given a glimmer of hope when Sterling was brought down in the box in the 76th minute, with Jordan Henderson converting from the spot. Emre Can was then dismissed just minutes later after a clumsy challenge, and Giroud then added a fourth to rub salt in the wounds of a well beaten Liverpool team.
Arsenal played with swagger and confidence from the get go, and they will be hungry for the next game to come along as they have all the momentum at the moment. Liverpool were in the in form team of 2015, but back to back losses will shake their confidence and Brendan Rodgers will be bitterly disappointed with today’s performance. They lacked a cutting edge and were particularly frail at the back, and they will have to wait another 2 games before they can bring back key figures Martin Skrtel and Steven Gerrard who both served the 1st of a 3 game suspension.
The plot thickens in the battle for the top spots and European football, and the attention now turns to the teams around Arsenal and Liverpool in what is shaping up to be a key weekend of Premier League football.