Liverpool achieved three out of three wins reaching Leicester and Everton at the top of the table after coming from behind to beat Arsenal, delivering Mikel Arteta’s side to their first defeat of the season.
Coming from behind makes it look like Arsenal have scared the reigning champions in this match when in reality they were barely there. The guests took advantage of a defensive mistake to take the lead, although instead of looking like the first away team to win at Anfield in 60 attempts they quickly began to resemble a team regretting their recklessness in forcing Liverpool to play for a little more urgency.
Even without Jordan Henderson and untrained Thiago Alcântara, the hosts were in the lead the whole time, even though a poor result disappointed Arsenal on the few occasions they came close to scoring their opponents.
Liverpool, on the other hand, are forced to try something in between, which is close to after 15 minutes when Sadio Mané arrived in the area at speed to bring Bernd Leno’s first save. The goalkeeper was lucky as the shot went straight into him, which was just as good from Arsenal’s point of view as he was hit so hard he wouldn’t have had time to move anywhere else.
Leno was lucky again when Alexander-Arnold’s shot took a detour from Héctor Bellerín and bounced off his crossbar, even if that was nothing more than the slice of luck involved when Arsenal took a shock lead in the middle. of the first half. To say the goal came against the game sequence would be a huge understatement.
Alisson in the Liverpool goal had scrutinized events 80 yards away for most of the match, but when Robertson made a complete hash of what should have been a routine pass, Alexandre Lacazette was suddenly right in front of him. , standing in an offside position and rubbing his shot but scoring anyway because the ball had gone out of a defender. Streaky even though the goal was Lacazette deserved something to start the attack, sending the ball out to find Ainsley Maitland-Niles in the space on the left, although he was unable to finish until Robertson made his mistake.
It didn’t take long for Liverpool to bounce back, just three minutes before the draw and another five to take the lead. Referee Craig Pawson played a major advantage when Naby Keïta was fouled on the right, allowing Mo Salah to enter the box for a shot that Leno only half-saved, leaving Mané the easiest of close-range chances.
Both Liverpool full-backs join for the next goal, Alexander-Arnold sends on a cross that Mané failed to reach and Arsenal failed to cut, leaving Robertson to atone for his earlier mistake by entering the back post to check with your chest then slide the ball into the net. With Alexander-Arnold coming close again before half-time Arteta has to be relieved to turn back just one goal.
Mané could have done better with an opportunity early in the second half, shooting early and too high, before Lacazette failed twice to beat Alisson from promising situations. He was actually offside the first time, but he didn’t realize it and both of his attempts lacked conviction. While Mané was undoubtedly the liveliest of Liverpool’s three opponents, leading a couple of Leno saves and just shooting wide with his back into goal, the hosts weren’t lively enough to put the game to bed.
Jürgen Klopp sent Diogo Jota for the final 10 minutes, only for the new signing to miss the target from the six-yard line after Salah had put the ball on a plate for him. Five minutes later, he and Salah caught the same ball in the box when both would have been able to score. Arsenal will feel they are always in the match, at least until they concede a third goal two minutes from time, although Liverpool will be annoyed that the end result cannot match the approaching game.
At least Jota’s goal made the final result a fair reflection of the match, the substitute marked his debut by picking up a weak header from David Luiz and cutting a shot with an uppercut.