MATCH REPORT: Arsenal 1-1 Liverpool

A late Alexandre Lacazette strike earned Arsenal a point at the Emirates Stadium, as both the Gunners and Liverpool kept their unbeaten runs intact with a 1-1 draw, this evening.

Following an intense first half, the Reds broke the deadlock midway through the second period via James Milner.

Alexandre Lacazette would steal the headlines in the 82nd minute, however, with his 6th goal of the season, as the North Londoners made it 13 games without defeat.

There were a couple of surprises in store for Arsenal at the back before the game, as Héctor Bellerín made his return to the first-team, followed by a first involvement for Sead Kolasinac in the Premier League.

The Bosnian was alert early on to supply Lacazette with a low cross at the near post, with the Frenchman unable to get enough behind his subtle first-time effort to overcome Alisson.

Arsenal unlocked the Liverpool back-line once more in the 14th minute, courtesy of Mesut Özil’s dummy through to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who’d see his shot blocked dangerously into the side-netting by Joe Gomez.

The former Borussia Dortmund man turned provider moments later for Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the 15th minute, popping up alone inside the box before heading just wide in the presence of the on-rushing Alisson.

Liverpool could and should’ve taken the lead through Sadio Mané in the 18th minute, however, as he followed up Roberto Firmino’s effort off the post, but the linesman was quick to chalk the goal off for an incorrect offside decision.

Jürgen Klopp’s men doubled up on the danger posed with a ball over the top for Virgil van Dijk to bring down and take aim at goal, prior to Bernd Leno’s stop.

Arsenal pressed on again in the latter stages of the first half, with Lacazette going close with a shot across goal from an acute angle before van Dijk could offer the Emirates another scare with a flick-on against the post, forcing both sides to settle for the stalemate going into the break.

The Gunners grew further in authority in the second period, but it was Liverpool, against the run of play, who broke he deadlock on the hour-mark, as Milner picked up the scraps from Leno’s miscalculated intervention from a cross to fire in from the edge of the box.

Arsenal replied through Torreira almost immediately, breaking through the Reds midfield before lacking the direction behind his lofted strike to beat Alisson.

Van Dijk threatened again inside the Arsenal area, rising highest in the 74th minute before seeing Leno tip the ball over the bar for another Liverpool corner.

Joy for the Gunners finally came in the 82nd minute, as Alex Iwobi set Lacazette up to take a touch away from Alisson and the goal, before returning to smash a shot deep into the back of the net.

The hosts sensed there was more in the game for them, as Özil layed Bellerín off with a cute cut-back prior to the defender’s curler roaming wide, but neither side would manage to go beyond a 1-1 draw come full-time.

By Patrick Ribeiro (@P_SRibeiro)

Player Ratings: Bernd Leno (6) – Héctor Bellerín (7), Shkodran Mustafi (7), Rob Holding (7), Sead Kolasinac (7) – Lucas Torreira (8), Granit Xhaka (7) – Henrikh Mkhitaryan (5), Mesut Özil (7), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (7) – Alexandre Lacazette (6)

Subs: Alex Iwobi (7), Aaron Ramsey (6), Danny Welbeck (5)

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