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Played
August 20, 2011 12:45 PM BST
Emirates Stadium — London
Referee:‬ M. Atkinson‎
Attendance:‬ 60090‎
 
 
Aaron Ramsey 78′ (OG)
 
Luis Suárez 90+1′
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Arsenal 0-2 Liverpool

Goal.com rates the players on show as the Reds earn their first-ever victory over Arsenal at the Emirates stadium

By Wayne Veysey at Emirates Stadium

  • Wojciech Szczesny
    1033
    111
    4.00

    Wojciech Szczesny

    An outstanding display by the busier of the two goalkeepers. His catching, reflex saves and command of his penalty area were flawless. Could do nothing about either of the two goals.

  • Thomas Vermaelen
    1094
    89
    4.00

    Thomas Vermaelen

    Arsenal would have been lost without him. Read the game superbly throughout and made a brilliant headed clearance from a sizzling early Adam free-kick. Shepherded Miquel through his Premier League debut.

  • Laurent Koscielny
    222
    163
    0.00

    Laurent Koscielny

    Limped off in the opening quarter of an hour after pulling up with a back injury as the club's injury crisis mounted.

  • Carl Jenkinson
    199
    379
    2.50

    Carl Jenkinson

    On his full Premier League debut, the 19-year-old right-back looked a little bewildered at times but his crossing was impressive and he just about kept his head above water in defensive situations. Suffered cramp late on.

  • Bacary Sagna
    372
    145
    3.00

    Bacary Sagna

    Battling display in the unfamiliar left-back role. Made some excellent clearances but did not get forward nearly as often as usual.

  • Emmanuel Frimpong
    532
    313
    3.00

    Emmanuel Frimpong

    Fetching name, eye-catching hairstyle and full of bustling commitment on his full Premier League debut. Harshly yellow-carded early on for stopping Henderson take a quick throw-in but could have few complaints about the second yellow for a wild tackle on Lucas. Looked devastated by his dismissal but can hold his head high after a promising display.

  • Aaron Ramsey
    193
    438
    2.50

    Aaron Ramsey

    Looked a little lost against Liverpool's more experienced midfield although was extremely unfortunate for the own goal, when Miquel's clearance hit his head and looped over Szczesny.

  • Andrey Arshavin
    183
    529
    2.50

    Andrey Arshavin

    Like a misfiring water tap, he ran typically hot and cold. Some good touches, quite a few poor ones. Subbed with 18 minutes left.

  • Samir Nasri
    710
    156
    3.50

    Samir Nasri

    With reports emerging from France that his contract negotiations with Man City have broken down, the Frenchman and Arsenal fans may have to fall back in love with one another. After being booed by a section of fans when the teams were announced, Nasri was better received during the game for a lively display. Showed few signs of rustiness in the 'Fabregas' role, shooting narrowly wide after one brilliant run across two-thirds of the pitch and always looking the main source of danger to Liverpool.

  • Theo Walcott
    194
    486
    2.50

    Theo Walcott

    Further evidence of his new Mr Angry personna but a generally non-existent display by the wide attacker apart from a second half flurry. Replaced by Bendtner late on.

  • Robin van Persie
    285
    301
    3.00

    Robin van Persie

    Always a threat with his explosiveness and came close to opening the scoring in the second half, but Arsenal's new captain got little change out of Liverpool's defence.

Substitutions

  • Miquel
    385
    148
    3.00

    Miquel

    Looked comfortable on the ball, and, at times, classy, but struggled in aerial situations. Had a major hand in Ramsey's own goal.

  • Henri Lansbury
    133
    272
    3.00

    Henri Lansbury

    Replaced Arshavin when Frimpong was dismissed to bring some tenacity to the midfield but lacked discipline and was yellow-carded.

  • Nicklas Bendtner
    125
    262
    0.00

    Nicklas Bendtner

    Replaced Walcott on the right flank for the last 10 minutes but made little impact.

  • Pepe Reina
    623
    62
    3.50

    Pepe Reina

    Made a fine save with his legs from Van Persie in the second half and always looked in command in his penalty area on a quieter afternoon than he would have expected.

  • Daniel Agger
    680
    58
    3.50

    Daniel Agger

    Silky display by the classy Dane. Looked in complete control against Arsenal's attack, apart from one mistimed tackle that almost ended in a Nasri wonder goal.

  • Jamie Carragher
    558
    79
    3.50

    Jamie Carragher

    Barked out instructions like a veteran sergeant-major but also backed up his leadership with firm deeds, including one outstanding clearance from a Walcott cross.

  • José Enrique
    782
    71
    3.50

    José Enrique

    Had a few early communication issues with Reina but completely smothered the threat of Walcott.

  • Martin Kelly
    833
    78
    4.00

    Martin Kelly

    Excellent display from the recalled right-back. Pugnacious in defence and showed genuine quality when he surged forward. Hit the outside of the post with a fierce second-half shot.

  • Charlie Adam
    524
    154
    3.00

    Charlie Adam

    Nearly did an 'Alonso' when his brilliant effort from the halfway line narrowly went over the bar of the backtracking Szczesny. Showed encouraging signs alongside Lucas with his wide passing range and fizzing set pieces although he was often too slow to recover possession.

  • Lucas Leiva
    687
    110
    3.50

    Lucas Leiva

    Energy, aggression and the bedrock of Liverpool's victory. Never gave Arsenal's flair players a moment's peace, and helped keep Nasri on a tight leash.

  • Jordan Henderson
    342
    464
    2.50

    Jordan Henderson

    Unconvincing display in the advanced midfielder role just behind Carroll. Wasted some good positions and his first touch was often poor.

  • Stewart Downing
    681
    84
    3.50

    Stewart Downing

    Another impressive showing from the former Aston Villa player. Looked lively on both flanks and caused problems with his directness and strong running.

  • Dirk Kuyt
    506
    129
    3.00

    Dirk Kuyt

    Great commitment from the Dutchman on both flanks, and played a big role in nullifying any attacking threat from Arsenal's full-backs. Replaced by Meireles late on.

  • Andy Carroll
    523
    690
    2.00

    Andy Carroll Flop of the Match

    One excellent first-half header apart, he did not cause the patched-up Arsenal defence as many problems as might have been expected. Looked wooden and cumbersome when the ball was on the floor.

Substitutions

  • Raúl Meireles
    1008
    69
    3.50

    Raúl Meireles

    Exciting cameo from the Portuguese. Played a big hand in both of Liverpool's goals, including great selflessness to slide in Suarez for the second.

  • Luis Suárez
    1700
    125
    4.00

    Luis Suárez Top of the Match

    Instantly made Liverpool more dangerous when he replaced Carroll up front for the last 20 minutes. Linked with Meireles for the first goal, effortlessly finished off the second and caused considerable problems to Arsenal's tiring defenders with his pace and movement.

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