By Walter Broeckx
Arsenal made 5 changes compared to the team that started the last match.
Mertesacker and Monreal came back in the team and Gabriel and Gibbs went back to the bench. In midfield Ramsey, Flamini and Özil were back in the team. This at the expence of Chambers, Iwobi and Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Team that started: Cech, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Flamini, Ramsey, Campbell, Ozil, Walcott, Giroud.
On the beach: Macey, Gabriel, Chambers, Gibbs, Arteta, Iwobi, Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Llalana ran in to Mertesacker and went down but no foul and correct no decision from the ref to give a penalty to Liverpool after some 5 minutes. Liverpool starting with lots of pressure all over the field and not giving much time to Arsenal who found it difficult to get the ball moving. Liverpool got a corner from the early pressure and when Arsenal lost the ball and was desorganised Cech could only push the shot away but in the feet of Firmino who put the ball over the line. 1-0 to Liverpool after 10 minutes.
Arsenal then tried to get forward. Giroud with a header, the ball came to Ramsey who gave it to Campbell, a turn inside and a pass back to Ramsey and GOAL! Ramsey with a neat finish in the first corner. 1-1 after 15 minutes.
Giroud needed some medical attention after a clash of heads with a Liverpool defender from the header that was at the start of the goal. Arsenal with a man short for a few minutes. But Giroud returned.
Arsenal losing the ball a few times and Firmino capitalised with a shot from outside the upper corner. Unstoppable for Cech. 2-1 for Liverpool after 19 minutes. Arsenal having too much trouble to keep the ball in the team since the start of the match.
Giroud with a header towards Ramsey who lobbed the ball over Mignolet but Sakho saved it on the line. Ramsey with the corner, an inswinger and Giroud poked it past Mignolet. GOAL! 2-2 after 25 minutes.
Arsenal with a great attack, Campbell to Walcott who passed it to Giroud in the middle of the goal but for some reason the sliding Giroud missed the open goal chance. Next a shot from Campbell but too weak to trouble Mignolet. Still 2-2 after 30 minutes.
Campbell being pulled a bit but not noticed by the ref or assistant and the penalty was not given. Campbell was going for the return ball from a 1-2 combination and could have been in a good position. Play continued and Campbell forced a corner but Per couldn’t head it home as the ball bounced between his and Sakho’s head. Then some quiet 5 minutes but then Cech had to be alert to stop a cross from reaching a Liverpool player in the middle. At the other end Walcott with a shot but it took a deflection and went out for a corner. Meanwhile Jones had given a license to foul Özil all over the field without calling any fouls. In the extra time a cross fell kindly for Firmino who hit the top of the crossbar with his shot. 2-2 at half time after a crazy 45 minutes of football from both teams.
Özil with a good cross to Campbell but his effort with his right foot went well over the crossbar. The first time Özil got in to some space in this match. At the other end Moreno also missed his shot completely. Walcott with a long run but his effort went wide of the post. Clyne deliberately handling the ball cost him a yellow card. Bellerin first to the ball in midfield starting an Arsenal attack, to Campbell who tried to play to Ramsey but a little deflection took the ball to Giroud who turned and GOAL! 2-3 to The Arsenal after 55 minutes.
The match went on now with Liverpool trying to attack again a bit more. Arsenal still 2-3 in front after 60 minutes.
Giroud almost getting a shot away after some hard work from Campbell but the defenders blocked the effort. Liverpool getting corner and the following shot is diverted in to another corner off Campbell. Clyne kicking Campbell on the knee… could and probably should have been his second yellow card. Mertesacker has to clear a cross in front of goal and Benteke. Arsenal under pressure now. Campbell despite looking exhausted battling as if his live depending on it. Benteke with a low shot but a comfortable save for Cech. Still 2-3 for Arsenal after 75 minutes.
Time for changes. Campbell goes off and Oxlade-Chamberlain came on. Gibbs came on in the place of Walcott. Mertesacker again with a great block to deny Llalana. A deflected cross comes to a Liverpool player in an offside position but the assistant gives nothing but a corner. Özil with a amazing control and a good cross but Mignolet just first to the ball. Sakho with a scissor tackle on Giroud, wasn’t that a yellow card ref?
Flamini blocking a shot from Ibe as Liverpool push forward in the closing stages. Arteta comes on for Özil in the 86th minute. Arsenal being pushed back and in the last minute a cross goes to Benteke who heads it on to Allen who puts it over the line. 3-3 after 90 minutes.
An amazing and very entertaining match probably got a fair result. Both teams went for it and could have won it. Looking at the other results not a bad result in fact. Manchester City dropping points at home against Everton. Leicester winning at Tottenham brings them level with us again. 3 points in front of Manchester City.