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Wednesday 25 May 2016

Careless Arsenal draw no comfort from bagging a point against Liverpool

Liverpool 3-3 Arsenal

By Mark Ogden

Published 14/01/2016

Liverpool's English defender Nathaniel Clyne (top) is tackled by Arsenal's Costa Rican striker Joel Campbell during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north-west England on January 13, 2016.
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Just as Arsenal looked set to throw down the gauntlet in the title race, they dropped it on their toes by allowing Joe Allen to snatch a 90th-minute equaliser for Liverpool at Anfield.

Reds manager Jurgen Klopp celebrated in the style of Jose Mourinho by sprinting down the touchline and punching the air after two substitutes - Allen and Christian Benteke - combined to salvage a point.

But while Liverpool toasted a point as though it were three, Arsenal could only shake their heads at the two they had thrown away on a night when Manchester City had failed to close the gap by drawing at home to Everton.

Olivier Giroud's two goals looked set to win the game for Arsenal, but they let it slip and must now bounce back at Stoke, their bogey ground, on Sunday.

Arsenal's form away from the Emirates was emerging as a potential Achilles heel for their title aspirations before they arrived at Anfield.

This was Arsene Wenger's team's first outing on the road since the 4-0 defeat at Southampton on Boxing Day and they faced Liverpool having secured just one Premier League away win - against bottom club Aston Villa - since a 3-0 victory at Swansea on Halloween.

The league leaders started slowly, though, and allowed Liverpool to build early momentum. And after Adam Lallana was rightly denied a penalty in the sixth minute by referee Mike Jones after stumbling into Per Mertesacker, Liverpool took the lead with a 10th-minute opener from Firmino.

It was a bad one from Arsenal's perspective, though, with goalkeeper Petr Cech proving fallible when dealing with Emre Can's initial shot.

Rather than push the ball to safety, Cech palmed it straight back into play and it dropped to Firmino, who took a touch before guiding his shot into the net.

Liverpool remain a work in progress at the back, however, and their problems were exacerbated with first-choice centre-halves Martin Skrtel and Dejan Lovren both ruled out with injuries.

Liverpool's Welsh midfielder Joe Allen (2L) celebrates with teammates after scoring during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north-west England on January 13, 2016.
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Liverpool's Welsh midfielder Joe Allen (2L) celebrates with teammates after scoring during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north-west England on January 13, 2016. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS 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.PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's Welsh midfielder Joe Allen (L) celebrates after scoring during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north-west England on January 13, 2016. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS
Liverpool's English midfielder Jordon Ibe (L) vies with Arsenal's Spanish defender Nacho Monreal during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north-west England on January 13, 2016. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS
Liverpool's English defender Nathaniel Clyne (top) is tackled by Arsenal's Costa Rican striker Joel Campbell during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north-west England on January 13, 2016. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS
Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp (C) applauds the fans after winning the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north-west England on January 13, 2016. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS
Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp (L) and Liverpool's Ivorian defender Kolo Toure celebrate after winning the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north-west England on January 13, 2016. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS
Liverpool's Welsh midfielder Joe Allen (L) celebrates with teammates after scoring during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north-west England on January 13, 2016. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS
Liverpool's Welsh midfielder Joe Allen (C) celebrates with teammates after scoring during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north-west England on January 13, 2016. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS
Liverpool's Welsh midfielder Joe Allen (2L) celebrates with teammates after scoring during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north-west England on January 13, 2016. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS
Liverpool's Welsh midfielder Joe Allen (2L) celebrates with teammates after scoring during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north-west England on January 13, 2016. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS
Arsenal's Joel Campbell (right) holds off Liverpool's Alberto Moreno during the Barclays Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday January 13, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Richard Sellers/PA Wire.
Arsenal's Olivier Giroud celebrates scoring his side's third goal of the game during the Barclays Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday January 13, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Richard Sellers/PA Wire.
Arsenal's Olivier Giroud scores his side's third goal of the game during the Barclays Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday January 13, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Richard Sellers/PA Wire.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp (left) and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger exchange words during the Barclays Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday January 13, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Richard Sellers/PA Wire.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp complains to the fourth official during the Barclays Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday January 13, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Richard Sellers/PA Wire.
Arsenal's Olivier Giroud (right) celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game during the Barclays Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday January 13, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Richard Sellers/PA Wire.
Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey (centre) celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game with teammates during the Barclays Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday January 13, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Richard Sellers/PA Wire.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger looks on as Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp looks down during the Barclays Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday January 13, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Richard Sellers/PA Wire.
Liverpool's Roberto Firmino (left) celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game with Jordan Henderson during the Barclays Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday January 13, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Richard Sellers/PA Wire.
Liverpool's English defender Nathaniel Clyne kicks the ball during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north-west England on January 13, 2016. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS
Liverpool's English midfielder James Milner (C) is substituted during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north-west England on January 13, 2016. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS
Liverpool's German midfielder Emre Can looks for a pass during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north-west England on January 13, 2016. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS
Arsenal's German midfielder Mesut Ozil (L) holds off Liverpool's English midfielder Jordon Ibe during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north-west England on January 13, 2016. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS
Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp gestures during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north-west England on January 13, 2016. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS
Arsenal's French striker Olivier Giroud celebrates with teammates after scoring his second goal during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north-west England on January 13, 2016. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS
Arsenal's French striker Olivier Giroud (2L) celebrates after scoring his second goal during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north-west England on January 13, 2016. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS
Arsenal's French striker Olivier Giroud celebrates after scoring his second goal during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north-west England on January 13, 2016. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS
Liverpool's German midfielder Emre Can (R) watches Arsenal's French defender Laurent Koscielny try to head the ball during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north-west England on January 13, 2016.
Liverpool's English midfielder Jordan Henderson (C) passes the ball during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north-west England on January 13, 2016. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS
Liverpool's English defender Steven Caulker warms up before the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north-west England on January 13, 2016. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS
Liverpool's new signing Serbian Marko Grujic (L) talks during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north-west England on January 13, 2016. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS
Liverpool's German midfielder Emre Can (L) holds off Arsenal's French striker Olivier Giroud during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north-west England on January 13, 2016. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS
Arsenal's Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey (L) chips the ball over the top of Liverpool's Belgian goalkeeper Simon Mignolet during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north-west England on January 13, 2016. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS
Arsenal's German midfielder Mesut Ozil gestures during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north-west England on January 13, 2016. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS
Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp (L) and Arsenal's French manager Arsene Wenger react during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north-west England on January 13, 2016.
Arsenal's Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey controls the ball during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north-west England on January 13, 2016.
Arsenal's Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey (R) vies with Liverpool's German midfielder Emre Can during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north-west England on January 13, 2016.
Arsenal's French striker Olivier Giroud (L) vies with Liverpool's Ivorian defender Kolo Toure during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north-west England on January 13, 2016.
Arsenal's French striker Olivier Giroud (L) vies with Liverpool's Ivorian defender Kolo Toure during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north-west England on January 13, 2016.
Arsenal's French striker Olivier Giroud (R) vies with Liverpool's French defender Mamadou Sakho during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north-west England on January 13, 2016.
Liverpool's Belgian goalkeeper Simon Mignolet (R) collects the ball by Arsenal's English midfielder Theo Walcott during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north-west England on January 13, 2016. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS
Arsenal's German midfielder Mesut Ozil (L) passes the ball during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north-west England on January 13, 2016. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS
Arsenal's French striker Olivier Giroud celebrates after scoring during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north-west England on January 13, 2016. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 13: Olivier Giroud (C) of Arsenal scores his team's third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield on January 13, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 13: Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool argues with the fourth official during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield on January 13, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 13: Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool argues with the fourth official during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield on January 13, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 13: Olivier Giroud (R) of Arsenal celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield on January 13, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 13:Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool argues with the fourth official during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield on January 13, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 13: Olivier Giroud (1st L) of Arsenal celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield on January 13, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 13: Arsene Wenger Manager of Arsenal gestures during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield on January 13, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 13: Roberto Firmino (L) of Liverpool celebrates scoring his team's second goal with his team mate Jordan Henderson (R) during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield on January 13, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 13: Roberto Firmino (L) of Liverpool celebrates scoring his team's second goal with his team mate Jordan Henderson (R) during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield on January 13, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 13: Olivier Giroud of Arsenal celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield on January 13, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 13: Claudio Ranieri Manager of Leicester City looks on prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield on January 13, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 13: Roberto Firmino (L) of Liverpool celebrates scoring his team's second goal with his team mate Jordan Henderson (C) and Jordon Ibe (R) during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield on January 13, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 13: Roberto Firmino of Liverpool scores his team's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield on January 13, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 13: Roberto Firmino (L) of Liverpool celebrates scoring his team's second goal with his team mate Jordan Henderson (R) during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield on January 13, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 13: Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool and Arsene Wenger Manager of Arsenal look on during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield on January 13, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 13: Roberto Firmino (L) of Liverpool celebrates scoring his team's second goal with his team mate Jordan Henderson (R) during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield on January 13, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 13: Roberto Firmino (L) of Liverpool celebrates scoring his team's second goal with his team mate Jordan Henderson (R) during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield on January 13, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 13: Aaron Ramsey of Arsenal celebrates scoring his team's first goal with his team mates Per Mertesacker (1st R) and Mathieu Flamini (3rd L) during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield on January 13, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 13: Aaron Ramsey of Arsenal celebrates scoring his team's first goal with his team mate Mathieu Flamini during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield on January 13, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 13: Roberto Firmino of Liverpool celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield on January 13, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 13: Aaron Ramsey (2nd L) of Arsenal celebrates scoring his team's first goal with his team mates Theo Walcott (1st L), Joel Campbell (2nd R) and Hector Bellerin (1st R) during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield on January 13, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 13: Aaron Ramsey (2nd L) of Arsenal celebrates scoring his team's first goal with his team mates Theo Walcott (1st L), Joel Campbell (2nd R) and Hector Bellerin (1st R) during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield on January 13, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 13: Claudio Ranieri Manager of Leicester City looks on prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield on January 13, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 13: Claudio Ranieri Manager of Leicester City looks on prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield on January 13, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Kolo Touré and Mamadou Sakho are a noticeable downgrade and Arsenal capitalised on their uncertainty just four minutes after the opener by equalising through Ramsey.

Joel Campbell was given too much time and the Costa Rican fed Ramsey with a reverse pass before the midfielder beat goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.

Cech was powerless when Firmino scored again five minutes later to restore Liverpool's lead with another outstanding finish.

James Milner's deft lay-off made the goal for Firmino, who opened up his body before unleashing an unstoppable right-foot curler.

Klopp's faith was being repaid by Firmino, but once again those frailties at the back resurfaced to allow Arsenal back into the game.

After Sakho had done well to clear Ramsey's goalbound lob off the line, Giroud equalised on 26 minutes by diverting Mesut Ozil's corner past Mignolet.

The Belgian should have stopped it, but he made amends three minutes later by keeping out another Giroud effort with his heel.

Having lost the lead twice, Liverpool's anxiety and that of the crowd grew with every misplaced pass in the second half, and Arsenal's superior quality was a key factor behind the pendulum swinging towards Wenger's men.

Walcott's pace was a constant threat - the winger shot narrowly wide following a 40-yard run - and Giroud's strength gave Arsenal a platform to build attacks.

The French forward divides opinion, but there could be no questioning his second goal, which showcased the best of Robin van Persie in his Arsenal pomp.

Having received Campbell's deflected pass, Giroud turned Touré brilliantly before sending a crisp left-foot shot beyond Mignolet.

It should have been the winner, with Liverpool struggling to land a punch until Allen struck in the dying minutes of a pulsating contest.

A point at Anfield is never a bad result for a title-chasing team, but this was two points dropped for Arsenal, make no mistake.

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LIVERPOOL: Mignolet, Clyne, Touré, Sakho, Moreno, Henderson, Can (Allen 82), Milner (Benteke 66), Ibe, Firmino, Lallana (Caulker 88).

Goals: Firmino 10, 19, Allen 90

Subs not used: Lucas, Smith, Ward, Teixeira.

ARSENAL: Cech, Bellerín, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Ramsey, Flamini, Campbell (Oxlade-Chamberlain 75), Özil (Arteta 87), Walcott (Gibbs 76), Giroud.

Goals: Ramsey 14, Giroud 25, 55

Subs not used: Gabriel, Chambers, Iwobi, Macey.

Man of the match: Giroud (pictured) Match rating: 8/10

Referee: Mike Jones

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