After less than a minute on Sunday, Gabriel Martinelli, the game’s outstanding player, scored on Martin Odegaard’s through ball to give Arsenal a fantastic victory. Arsenal had previously lost to Liverpool in July 2020 and had gone six games without scoring against them.
Darwin Nunez (34) duly answered for a resurgent Liverpool, but Arsenal finished the half the same way they had started it, with Saka (45+4) tucking in Martinelli’s cross at the back post following a rapid counterattack.
So let’s go through all the best moments from the outstanding Arsenal vs. Liverpool game.
Arsenal’s resounding victory earned them the tournament’s top spot.
Gabriel Martinelli scored early and Bukayo Saka scored twice as the Gunners defeated the opposition 3-2 to earn their eighth victory in nine outings. Martinelli scored the game’s opening goal in 58 seconds. Darwin Nunez of Liverpool tied the score after 34 minutes, but Saka gave Arsenal the advantage soon before halftime.
On the 53rd minute mark, Roberto Firmino’s 10th goal versus the Gunners in just 17 games tied the score for Liverpool. With 15 minutes remaining, Thiago Alcantara tackled Gabriel Jesus, earning Arsenal a penalty.
Liverpool is primarily to blame for the defeat.
Liverpool just has itself to blame for failing to consistently clear their lines and ultimately conceding the game-winning penalty. Michael Oliver was nonetheless pointed in the direction of the foul line.
It was the same as the handball decision that VAR chose not to get involved in during the first half, with Liverpool having to pay for two 50:50 rulings that went in the hosts’ favour.
Bukayo Saka’s outstanding performance throughout the game
Bukayo Saka has come a long way since missing the key spot in the shootout at the European Championship final. With his most meaningful penalty kick to date, Saka walked up and calmly converted his attempt to give Arsenal a 3-2 victory over Liverpool and keep the Gunners atop the Premier League more than a year later.
Although that wasn’t precisely the final kick of the game this time, it felt like it. Saka had to wait for a few minutes as players from both sides started fighting. And the tenseness was growing.
Saka has since taken further penalties and scored on them after losing his opportunity to assist England upset Italy in the Euro 2020 final at Wembley Stadium.
Salah vs. Tomiyasu
When Takehiro Tomiyasu was named the starting left back instead of Zinchenko or Tierney in the team announcement, concerns were expressed. Our right-back, though, was simply brilliant in the match against Mo Salah.
The Japanese player went to great lengths to effectively make the Egyptian useless. Mikel Arteta now feels that his choice of squad was appropriate as a result of Tomiyasu’s triumph in the battle and the war.
Final score of the Arsenal vs. Liverpool game
There might be a connection between Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs and Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool in this scenario. Even if the level of talent and performance is certainly not the same, the feeling of completing a cycle or a race is similar. Both teams lost their motivation following a catastrophic Champions League final defeat.
Due to a dearth of recruitment for regeneration, both teams grew older together. When Pochettino was fired, Spurs had 11 points and eight victories. Liverpool has lost one game. This therefore indicates that Jose Mourinho can continue his tour of the Big Six of the Premier League. Undoubtedly a notion that could only be resisted by Liverpool fans.
The magnitude of Liverpool’s problems may be revealed by extrapolating the impromptu points from a Premier League defeat—they were there if you looked closely. We were all upset because we had high hopes for the Darwin Nunez vs. Erling Haaland showdown this season.