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January 31, 2013 1:15 AM IST
Emirates Stadium — London
Referee:‬ K. Friend‎
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Player Ratings: Arsenal 2-2 Liverpool

Goals from Luis Suarez and Jordan Henderson handed the visitors a two-goal lead at the Emirates Stadium but Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott struck back to salvage a draw

By Gill Clark

  • Wojciech Szczesny
    18
    41
    2.50

    Wojciech Szczesny

    Really unconvincing from the Arsenal keeper. Almost got caught out by Sturridge from a simple backpass and failed to grab a Gerrard corner from which Agger almost scored. Great save late on to deny Suarez though.

  • Bacary Sagna
    15
    54
    2.00

    Bacary Sagna

    An early slip proved costly as Suarez scored and he found the Uruguayan a tough opponent in inspired mood.

  • Per Mertesacker
    13
    67
    1.50

    Per Mertesacker Flop of the Match

    Awful defending for the opening goal, allowing Liverpool far too much time and space. Lucky to escape conceding a second after passing the ball straight to Henderson midway through the first half and was then turned easily by the Liverpool man for the second.

  • Thomas Vermaelen
    17
    47
    2.00

    Thomas Vermaelen

    Really ought to have cleared Johnson's cross in the build-up to Suarez's opener, but failed spectacularly, getting himself in a complete mess.

  • Kieran Gibbs
    45
    15
    3.00

    Kieran Gibbs

    Was doing a decent job until injury forced him off on 36 minutes.

  • Jack Wilshere
    75
    12
    3.50

    Jack Wilshere

    The heart of this team. Drove Arsenal forward after the break, at every opportunity and set up Giroud with a pinpoint free kick to drag his side back into a game that was starting to look lost.

  • Aaron Ramsey
    22
    38
    2.50

    Aaron Ramsey

    Henderson gave him little time and space and like Santos he could do nothing to prevent the Liverpool man adding a second.

  • Santi Cazorla
    37
    32
    2.00

    Santi Cazorla

    Booked for a foul on Suarez on another frustrating evening for the Spain international, best typified by a late chance on the break which he fired across goal and wide of Reina's far post.

  • Lukas Podolski
    73
    9
    3.50

    Lukas Podolski

    A threat all night long for Arsenal down the left. Went close a couple of times and set up Giroud perfectly for the winner late on but the Frenchman fluffed it.

  • Olivier Giroud
    89
    21
    4.00

    Olivier Giroud Top of the Match

    Involved in all of Arsenal's best chances. Grabbed the Gunners a lifeline with a strong header from a Wilshere free kick before setting up Walcott for Arsenal's equaliser. Booked for diving late on before missing a great chance to win it but was a real handful.

  • Theo Walcott
    79
    14
    4.00

    Theo Walcott

    Was a threat throughout and perhaps ought to have equalised straight after Suarez's opener but could not beat Reina. Did grab an equaliser through with a fizzing strike from a tight angle and went close again moments after with a great effort.

Substitutions

  • Andre Santos
    11
    62
    2.00

    Andre Santos

    Replaced the injured Gibbs in the first half. Was outmuscled by Henderson for Arsenal's second but Liverpool perhaps failed to test him as much as they might have liked.

  • Pepe Reina
    33
    8
    3.00

    Pepe Reina

    Two good saves from Walcott in the first half but could only stand and stare as first Giroud and then Walcott brought Arsenal back level.

  • Glen Johnson
    39
    5
    3.00

    Glen Johnson

    Played his part in the opening goal but could do little against Walcott in the second half as Arsenal piled on the pressure.

  • Daniel Agger
    39
    5
    2.50

    Daniel Agger

    Unlucky not to score after his header from Gerrard's corner was hacked off the line by Podolski. Allowed Giroud to drift away and head home.

  • Jamie Carragher
    39
    5
    3.00

    Jamie Carragher

    A rare start for the veteran but a very strong display. Denied a strong Santos surge and showed great bravery with a double block from a Podolski free kick and follow up.

  • Andre Wisdom
    23
    15
    2.50

    Andre Wisdom

    Podolski had a lively evening down the Arsenal left but Wisdom coped well in a mature performance from the youngster.

  • Steven Gerrard
    40
    14
    3.00

    Steven Gerrard

    Pressed high and to good effect. Won so many tackles and made a great block midway through the first half to deny Arsenal an equaliser.

  • Jordan Henderson
    42
    11
    3.50

    Jordan Henderson

    Showed quick thinking and a neat pass to set up Suarez for the opener. Wasted a couple of promising breaks with poor passes but made up for it by showed great strength and desire to go past Mertesacker and hold off Santos for the second goal.

  • Stewart Downing
    19
    24
    2.00

    Stewart Downing

    Wasted a great break with an awful cross on 19 minutes. Offered very little after the break in an attacking sense.

  • Lucas Leiva
    27
    10
    2.50

    Lucas Leiva

    Not quite at his best. Leapt into a couple of challenges very early allowing Walcott and Wilshere to skip past easily.

  • Luis Suárez
    68
    6
    4.00

    Luis Suárez

    Played out on the left and was really in the mood. Snapped up the early chance and set up Sturridge beautifully on 10 minutes with a glorious pass. Also showed great discipline to help out his defence to good effect and could have won it with a late shot which forced Szczesny into a good stop.

  • Daniel Sturridge
    20
    33
    2.00

    Daniel Sturridge

    Handed a central role but was wasteful, having chances to score but failing to even find the target. Drifted completely out of the game in the second half and it was little surprised to see him replaced.

Substitutions

  • José Enrique
    24
    6
    2.50

    José Enrique

    Came on with 20 minutes to go to add some steel as Arsenal threatened to overwhelm Liverpool

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
29 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Manchester City
18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man. United
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
15 0