Arsene Wenger’s side travelled to Anfield for their big Premier League clash against Liverpool on Wednesday, as the league leaders were looking to extend their advantage at the top. The game was expected to be closely contested with both sides desperate to secure all three points on the night. Despite that, Jurgen Klopp’s side took the lead early as Roberto Firmino scored in the 10th minute of the match. The Reds failed to keep the lead for too long, as Aaron Ramsey scored in the 14th minute, making it 1-1.
The Brazilian attacker added a second to his name in the 19th minute, as he curled one rght footed shot into the top right corner five minutes later. However there was an equalizer once again scored by Olivier Giroud’s deflection from a corner in the 25th minute, as Mignolet failed to deal with it. The Belgian looked really shaky on the night and the score remained at 2-2 till half-time.
Wenger’s team finally took the lead with the French striker scoring a second, on the 55th minute. The Gunners lead till the very end, as both sides tried to score more goals with some really good chances going waste. Just when it seemed that all was lost for the hosts, Joe Allen came on and scored a last minute equalizer to make it 3-3. The game ended in a draw, with both sides taking a share of the spoils.
Here are how the Arsenal players performed in the match:
Petr Cech: 2.5/5
Kept Milner out and saved Can’s hot, though the rebound led to Firmino’s opening goal. Made a few good saves, though could do little about the other goals.
Laurent Koscielny: 2.5/5
Made some good tackles in the game, though could have done more to prevent the opening goal as the ball went through his legs.
Per Mertesacker: 2.5/5
Looked a bit nervous in the first half and made some errors, though was much better in the second period.
Nacho Monreal: 3/5
Looked quite solid on the wings and dealt well with the threat provided by Jordon Ibe, winning many of his battles with the attacker.
Hector Bellerin: 2.5/5
Looked good pushing forward and joining the attack once again with his pace and movement. However, failed to deal with the Allen threat, who scored in the last minute of normal time.
Mathieu Flamini: 3/5
Tried to help his defence out by breaking down the opposition attacks and blocking some of the moves before they got any momentum.
Aaron Ramsey: 3.5/5
Scored the first goal for the Gunners with a superb run and a quickly taken finish at the end of it. Looked to create chances with some clever play in the game.
Theo Walcott: 2.5/5
Quick on the ball at times and made a lovely run to take a shot, which went wide. Overall did not look at his best and could have done much better in the game.
Joel Campbell: 3.5/5
Claimed an assist for Ramsey’s goal with a clever ball and looked good as the game went on, though he did not get many clear chances to score himself.
Mesut Ozil: 2.5/5
Not the same kind of impact that he has had in a lot of games this season, as he looked rather quiet than his usual self. Taken off towards the end to be replaced by Arteta.
Olivier Giroud: 4/5
Scored a brace onthe night to keep his side in the game. The first goal scored by him was rather a smart touch from a corner, though the second one was a superbly taken finish.
Alex Oxlade Chamberlain: 2.5/5
Made some decent runs but was blocked and denied too much space.
Mikel Arteta: 2.5/5
Brought on to protect the lead, though did not play a major part in the game.
Kieran Gibbs: 2.5/5
Brought on in place of Walcott, who seemed to have a problem.