Arsenal drop out of top four after 3-1 defeat to Liverpool
Arsenal suffered a 3-1 defeat against Liverpool at the Anfield on Saturday as the Reds replaced the Gunners into the Premier League top four.
Egypt international Mohamed Elneny was excluded from the squad as he’s still recovering from the ankle injury he sustained against Sutton United.
Arsenal XI: Cech; Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Coquelin, Xhaka, Iwobi; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Welbeck, Giroud
Liverpool XI: Mignolet, Clyne, Matip, Klavan, Milner, Wijnaldum, Can, Lallana, Coutinho, Mane, Firmino
Arsenal started the game poorly, while Liverpool managed to control the possession and dominate the first half.
The hosts opened the scoring early through a 9th-minute strike from Roberto Firminohe. Sadio Mane doubled his side’s lead five minutes before the break.
The Gunners improved after the break, with Arsene Wenger bringing on Alexis Sanchez instead of Francis Coquelin at half-time. Sanchez made an immediate impact and caused a lot of trouble for Liverpool’s defence.
Around the one-hour mark, Sanchez set-up Danny Welbeck as the latter pulled one back for Arsenal.
Arsenal kept trying to pressure the Reds and continued to push for the equaliser but without any efficient outcome.
The hosts, however, managed to kill the game off before the final whistle as Georginio Wijnaldum converted a quick counter-attack in the final minute to secure a 3-1 victory for his side.
Arsenal are now fifth, two points behind third-placed Liverpool, who played an extra game.
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