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Arsenal vs Liverpool – 3-2 Win

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After a dramatic 3-2 victory over Liverpool, Mikel Arteta‘s team is still in first place in the Premier League as their young attackers excelled. With a dramatic 3-2 victory over Liverpool on Sunday night at the Emirates Stadium, Arsenal made a big statement to the rest of the Premier League. The Gunners defeated the Reds for the first time since 2020 thanks to two goals from Bukayo Saka and one each from Gabriel Martinelli, and as a result, they climbed back over Manchester City to the top of the standings.

Liverpool, who have only won two of their first eight league games this season, are now 14 points behind Arsenal. After just 58 seconds, Martinelli gave Arsenal the ideal start by scoring. In the 34th minute, Darwin Nunez gave Liverpool a justifiable lead, but Saka restored Arsenal’s advantage just before halftime by capping off some superb work by Martinelli. Early in the second half, the visitors rallied once again thanks to Roberto Firmino, but 15 minutes from the end, Saka’s penalty after Gabriel Jesus had been fouled, was enough to give Arsenal the victory.

The Performing Side:

Gabriel Martinelli: What an acting job! No one loves Martinelli more than Jurgen Klopp, but the Liverpool manager will be having nightmares this evening about the Brazilian. Not just his quick 58-second goal or his excruciating dash to set up Bukayo Saka’s second assist. It was his overall performance, which was riveting from beginning to end. Martinelli’s goal was the Premier League’s quickest scored by Arsenal since Robin van Persie scored against Sunderland in 2011. The 21-year-old is now the youngest Arsenal player to score and assist against Liverpool in the same Premier League game. This season, Gabriel Jesus has deservedly garnered the majority of the attention, but Martinelli has also been remarkable.

Takehiro Tomiyasu: Mikel Arteta made a crucial decision when he decided to put Tomiyasu at left-back instead of his natural position. As a result, the Japan international came under intense scrutiny, especially as Kieran Tierney was sitting on the bench, yet he excelled against Mohamed Salah. Tomiyasu was undoubtedly selected in front of Tierney to attempt and cover for Salah and counter Liverpool’s threat down their left flank, despite the fact that he may not pose as big of an offensive threat as the Scotland star. And he excelled at that, allowing Salah only one shot before replacing him with more than 20 minutes remaining.

Bukayo Saka: Saka scored three times as many goals in one game as he had all season. Despite the fact that the goals were both tap-ins and penalties, Saka will benefit greatly from them in the upcoming season. The winger understands he needs to contribute and lighten Jesus’ load, therefore he will have been upset to have just scored one goal before this game. Therefore, this was a significant game for him, and Arteta is hoping that it would be the game that sparks Saka’s season.

The Losing Side:

Kieran Tierney: Oleksandr Zinchenko and Kieran Tierney were the two candidates that were the subject of all the pregame discussion on whom Arsenal would start at left-back. Therefore, it came as a huge shock to see Takehiro Tomiyasu picked for the starting XI. In terms of strategy, Arteta will have his reasons, and it makes sense to put a right-footed player up against Salah, who enjoys cutting inside from the left and launching shots. But even so, Tierney’s choice had to have been difficult. The Scotland international has already seen Zinchenko replace him in the starting lineup this year; now, because of the Ukrainian’s injury, a right-back was selected ahead of him.

Gabriel Magalhaes: The Arsenal center-back erred in yet another game. Fair enough, the visitors had a lot of work to do to capitalize on his botched clearance effort in the lead-up to Liverpool’s equalizer. And they did it superbly, with Darwin Nunez scoring off a cross from Luis Diaz. However, it’s still challenging to overlook Gabriel’s mistake given his recent struggles. This is by no means his first error that resulted in a goal. There is no doubt that the Brazilian could face pressure to keep his spot on the team, but he needs to figure out a way to stop making fundamental mistakes in his play.

Title Hopes: You could already tell that Liverpool needed to win this game to stay in the title chase at this early point in the season. Although we have only played 10 games, the fact that we are already 14 points behind the league leaders is devastating to Jurgen Klopp’s team’s hopes of winning the championship. They simply don’t look good enough defensively.

The Defensive Side:

Aaron Ramsdale: Neither goal truly allowed for anything to be done and got over an early injury.

Ben White: Ben White demonstrated his talent at right-back and continued to move forward on the overlap.

William Saliba: Despite playing well, Saliba was a little out of position for Firmino’s goal.

Gabriel Magalhaes: Another mistake that resulted in a score. He must remove that from his strategy. The rest of the game was good.

Takehiro Tomiyasu: Tomiyasu put on a fantastic show and he was able to keep Salah silent all afternoon.

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Salman Shaikh
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