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Arsenal 0-0 Liverpool: Petr Cech helps Gunners hold on for point

By Mark Bryans

Published 24/08/2015

Liverpool's Slovakian defender Martin Skrtel holds off Arsenal's English midfielder Theo Walcott during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Liverpool at the Emirates stadium, north London on August 24, 2015. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL
Liverpool's Slovakian defender Martin Skrtel holds off Arsenal's English midfielder Theo Walcott during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Liverpool at the Emirates stadium, north London on August 24, 2015. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL

Both Arsenal and Liverpool enjoyed a half of dominance at the Emirates Stadium on Monday - but neither side could find a winning goal to take the three points.

The visitors will be the more frustrated having started brightly against a Gunners defence severely weakened by the enforced absences of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny - with Calum Chambers enduring a particularly fraught evening.

But, if Arsenal's defence showed weakness new goalkeeper Petr Cech showed just why Arsene Wenger was so determined to bring him to the club, twice denying Liverpool superbly in the opening 45 minutes, with Brendan Rodgers' side also hitting the woodwork twice.

It was a different story after the break as Arsenal dominated, also hitting the post through Alexis Sanchez and working Simon Mignolet on a number of occasions.

A first-half 'goal' from Aaron Ramsey which was incorrectly ruled offside will rankle the home side, who are without a win or a goal from their first two home games of the campaign, with any move for Karim Benzema apparently dead after the France striker posted a social network message calling Real Madrid 'home'.

Liverpool showed their intent early on with Christian Benteke beating the offside trap as Chambers dropped deep, with the Belgium forward turning provider as he squared for Philippe Coutinho, whose effort came back off the crossbar with Cech beaten.

Arsenal had started slowly but Sanchez threatened as he headed Nacho Monreal's cross over on five minutes before Ramsey saw his effort wrongly chalked off having been slid through by Santi Cazorla - the second time in a week Liverpool have benefited from an incorrect decision by an assistant referee.

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Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium on August 24, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium on August 24, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Liverpool's Slovakian defender Martin Skrtel (down) blocks a shot by Arsenal's Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Liverpool at the Emirates stadium, north London on August 24, 2015
Liverpool's Slovakian defender Martin Skrtel holds off Arsenal's English midfielder Theo Walcott during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Liverpool at the Emirates stadium, north London on August 24, 2015.
Arsenal's Czech goalkeeper Petr Cech (L) saves a shot by Liverpool's Zaire-born Belgian striker Christian Benteke during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Liverpool at the Emirates stadium, north London on August 24, 2015
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 24: James Milner of Liverpool is closed down by Aaron Ramsey of Arsenal during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Liverpool at Emirates Stadium on August 24, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 24: Joe Gomez of Liverpool is closed down by Hector Bellerin of Arsenal during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium on August 24, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Liverpool's Lucas Leiva (left) and Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey battle for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium, London.
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LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 24: Nacho Monreal of Arsenal is closed down by James Milner of Liverpool during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Liverpool at Emirates Stadium on August 24, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 24: Petr Cech of Arsenal reacts after making a save during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium on August 24, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 24: James Milner of Liverpool reacts after a shot on goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium on August 24, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 24: Mesut Oezil of Arsenal takes on Lucas Leiva of Liverpool during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium on August 24, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Joe Gomez of Liverpool is challenged by Aaron Ramsey of Arsenal during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Liverpool at Emirates Stadium on August 24, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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Arsenal's Czech goalkeeper Petr Cech (R) jumps for the ball with Liverpool's Zaire-born Belgian striker Christian Benteke during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Liverpool at the Emirates stadium, north London on August 24, 2015. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images
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Olivier Giroud of Arsenal battles for the ball with James Milner of Liverpool during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium on August 24, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Aaron Ramsey of Arsenal scores a goal disallowed for offside during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium on August 24, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Joe Gomez of Liverpool is challenged by Aaron Ramsey of Arsenal during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Liverpool at Emirates Stadium on August 24, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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Coutinho and Benteke were causing constant problems for Arsenal's new-look defence and the two combined again with the latter shooting straight at Cech from a tight angle.

Chambers gifted possession to Coutinho, only for Francis Coquelin to make a firm challenge, before the defensive midfielder slid in to challenge Benteke with the striker bearing down on goal.

Liverpool's captain for the night, James Milner, got the luck of a deflection before testing the Arsenal goalkeeper with a volley.

Coutinho again breached the Arsenal offside trap just after the half-hour mark but this time he was met by a strong challenge from compatriot Gabriel.

Cech has had an unsteady start to life at the Emirates Stadium but he showed just how crucial he can be as he kept out Benteke's close range shot after good work from Coutinho and Roberto Firmino, with the former Chelsea stopper also getting down low to keep out Firmino's drive moments later.

Liverpool were getting closer and only Cech was able to keep them from taking the lead as he made a fingertip save to deflect Coutinho's superb solo effort onto the post.

Arsenal created some chances of their own after the interval, with Sanchez teeing up Olivier Giroud only for the Frenchman to flash a shot well wide of Mignolet's goal.

A free-flowing move followed as Cazorla fed Sanchez, with the Chilean forward hitting the outside of the post as the hosts took over as the side in the ascendency.

Mignolet pawed away Giroud's effort before clutching Ramsey's curled shot, before substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Gabriel had late chances to win it for the hosts.


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