FULL TIME And that's it! What a match. So intense to watch, such a weird game. Elite players reduced to super-fit, excited amateurs but it was ridiculously fun. A Christmas cracker!
90 mins +2: Wilshere plays a brilliant ball over the top into Ozil, who improvises and hits a long, high cross into the area which is going out for a goal kick. OR IS IT?! Mignolet has to turn it over for a corner! That nearly snuck underneath the bar.
90 mins: Walcott on, Sanchez off. Walcott gets involved straight away, turns Robertson and gets a cross in from the right, but Mustafi is clumsy from the throw-in that follows and Liverpool win it.
88 mins: Sanchez applauds Wilshere's vision as he picks the ball up, turns and hits a long pass over the top towards him. Sanchez is just unable to control it but had he taken it down, would have been away.
86 mins: Liverpool win a corner and Oxlade-Chamberlain comes across to take it. Cech catches inside the six yard box.
84 mins: Can leads a counter-attack and has Firmino moving left and Salah to his right. He waits too long to send Firmino away, keeps going, passes to Salah, who returns the one-two and Can looks knackered.
79 min: Arsenal threaten again as Iwobi controls a long pass beautifully, killing it with one touch and running on. Bellerin overlaps and Lacazette throws bodies out the way to get the near post but Bellerin shoots. Corner, but it's a wasted chance. Welbeck is on for Iwobi. Mustafi is adjudged to have fouled Mignolet, who was completely lost in the six yard box. He's had a dreadful game.
77 mins: Someone is offside, which gives the players a few milliseconds to calm the down. Mane does Maitland-Niles in with clever work with his body, shielding the ball and running away but the young defender recovers and wins a goal kick. Danny Welbeck is getting ready to come on.
74 mins: This game has turned again. Arsenal were riding the momentum waves but Liverpool are dominating now and look the more dangerous. It's like this is the Christmas party for both teams - absolutely nobody has any composure or control of what they are doing.
What a pass this is from Coutinho, it's absolutely amazing. Firmino finds space between the centre-backs, Coutinho fires it into him, he turns and shoots at goal and Cech dives, gets a palm to it... and the ball drops behind him, in slow motion, into the goal. A bit like Jim Leighton vs Brazil in 1998, if you will. Cech should have done better too. What a game.
69 mins: Mignolet comes eight miles off his line to deal with a long ball (from Arsenal!) and boots it wildly away. Still no sign of a midfield developing here, both teams are knocking it long over the top and Klopp is up on his feet saying things to his players which involved calming down and passing sideways. Ozil's turned up this half. Bellerin appears on the right after Ozil leads the charge, Lacazette attacks the near post and Klavan slides in to give away a corner. And Liverpool are on the counter from the corner. Koscielny tries to chop Salah but completely misses, Mane wins a throw.
66 mins: There is no midfield. There are two teams of defence and attack and the ball is being carried from box to box every 30 seconds or so.
64 mins: Mane should score now! Arsenal's defence torn apart by an incredible long pass from Coutinho off the outside of his boot. Mane shoots at the near post and Cech saves, then Mane's next touch puts it out for a goal kick. Xhaka dives into a slide tackle from behind on Milner and is lucky not be booked. In fact, he's ridiculously fortunate. Now Sanchez is on the run. He finds Lacazette, who shoots but is blocked by Can.
58 min: GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!3-2 YEEEEESSS!— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) December 22, 2017
Well that escalated quickly... pic.twitter.com/ofwj31uFUw
WHAT IS HAPPENING
Arsenal 3 - 2 Liverpool (Mesut Özil, 58 min)
Arsenal 2 - 2 Liverpool (Granit Xhaka, 56 min)
56 mins: GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL! WOW! WOW WOW OWOW OW OW! WHERE DID THAT COME FROM?!!!! WHAT A HIT! Xhaka!
55 mins: What a game. Arsenal are turning on the style, passing confidently and with some bite. GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLL! ARSENAL PULL ONE BACK!
And it's the first proper attack they've put together all game!
Arsenal 1 - 2 Liverpool (Alexis Sánchez, 53 min)
52 min: GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! Arsenal 0 - 2 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 52 min)
Liverpool tear Arsenal apart again. "Absolutely devastating" says Carragher.
51 mins: Lacazette and Sanchez have a chance here! Lacazette runs out of room to shoot, plays it wide to Sanchez but gives it to a defender, it bounces and then Lacazette nutmegs the defender and pulls a cross back into the area from near the byline... corner.
48 min: Can Arsenal improve on this? Three of these were blocked from miles out. Wilshere gets in the mix with Milner and wins a free-kick. Neither of them mind a tackle.
SECOND HALF KICK OFF STARTS NOW
HALF TIME That was great fun. Very little quality, the Arsenal fans boo the teams off, Klopp will want his side to calm down and control the game while Wenger will want... more.
45 mins +3: Liverpool's high press is so intense. They're like a swarm of bees and Arsenal are panicking, playing poor passes, losing control, missing the ball. Wilshere and Sanchez have been doing all they can to break things up and spur the team on but it's just not happening. Ozil has been especially poor.
43 mins Cech catches the ball, rolls it to Wilshere instantly who drives forward all the way up the pitch and finds Ozil. He has to come back, waits for a pass, nobody's looking, waits, comes inside and then loses the ball. Arsenal's passing hasn't been great today at all.
38 mins: Lacazette works to sneak in behind the defender and wins a free-kick. Ozil and Sanchez line up the shot... and it's Ozil... who hits the wall and wins a corner.
36 mins: Monreal tries to tackle Mane, loses out and fouls him and is down injured. Arsenal's physio, who looks exactly like Gale from Breaking Bad, comes onto the pitch and fixes him.
33 mins: Wilshere loses the ball by moving it too far ahead of himself, Liverpool turn the transition into an attack with a second or two. They're so so so quick. Firmino and Coutinho pull off some clever little feints and ducks to win space inside a packed final third.. Mane feeds Firmin, he turns Bellerin inside out and launches a bending shot at the top corner. IT MUST BE IN..... just over! The ball slams into the back of the net but the wrong side. Some people thought that was in. Including me.
30 mins: How will Arsenal respond? They win a corner straight after kick-off but that turns into a throw-in and then Xhaka gives away the ball (again) and nearly lets Salah sprint away on the counter. Xhaka recovers with a slide tackle, Lacazette turns and shoots on the edge of the box but is blocked, Liverpool drop deep as Arsenal try to pass around the final third.
26 min: Arsenal 0 - 1 Liverpool (Philippe Coutinho, 26 min),
GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! It's been coming! Liverpool have the lead!
26 mins: Sanchez tries to fight his way through into the Liverpool box, linking quick passes in a rapid Arsenal counter-attack but the move fizzles out and Liverpool attack immediately.
23 mins Robertson has been excellent on the Liverpool left tonight. He's so quick and when you consider that Mane is playing ahead of him, you can imagine how difficult for Bellerin this is.
14 mins: Jeez louise, Mane is fast. Bellerin tries to put the ball one side of him and he reads it, then steals the ball and absolutely races away down the left.
11 mins: It looks like Henderson has twanged his hamstring. James Milner comes on in his place.
10 mins: Arsenal are looking for the quick ball forward over the top of the defence. It's entirely un-Arsenal but is a smart move, seeing as how the back four pushes up so high to support the midfield. Arsenal are stretching the pitch as a result and are able to keep hold of the ball in the centre of the park. Klopp is up on his feet yelling about something. Henderson has gone down with an injury. Wenger has taken Lacazette over to explain something to him, presumably that's to do with Sanchez angrily waving at his fellow forwards to copy his example and press high up the pitch.
8 mins: Liverpool defend a free-kick 35 yards from goal by standing in a line 25 yards away from goal.
That ends up back with the goalkeeper after a foul in the box. Maitland-Niles has to defend against Salah, goes down softly under pressure from the Egyptian and doesn't get a free-kick. It's a corner to Liverpool... but Cech catches easily.
5 mins: Maitland-Niles fails to control the ball and Liverpool win the ball and surge forwards in numbers but Arsenal are winning the abll back so well. Wilshere links passes with Lacazette and very nearly opens up the Liverpool defence - he's fired up for this one. Iwobi holds off his man and drives forward, Wilshere takes it on and Xhaka is teed up for a shot from 25 yards but hits it on the side of his foot and it's easily blocked. Great start by Arsenal.
2 mins: Arsenal work hard early on to close down Liverpool's defenders and it looks like Arsenal might actually be a 4-3-3, with Ozil joining Wilshere and Xhaka.
Sanchez and Wilshere annoyed to have given away a foul just as it looked like they might be in on goal.
KICK-OFF THE FOOTBALL IS HERE! Liverpool start the game. It's exciting!
The Reds to take on the Gunners... pic.twitter.com/p48ZTJIuLU— Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 22, 2017
Arsenal will be hosting Liverpool tonight at Emirate Stadium on the 19th week of the English Premiere League.
In the times of meeting together in games, Arsenal and Liver have been able to score from each other, but tonight fate will decide for both team.
Arsenal with 33 points while Liverpool clinched with 34 points. Will Arsenal lose three points to Liverpool or will Liverpool gain extra points for themselves?
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