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Arsenal v Liverpool Live Commentary, 15/07/2020

2 - 1
A. Lacazette (32)
R. Nelson (44)
S. Mané (20)
Emirates Stadium


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There will be no breaking the 100 points tally for Liverpool this season, with Manchester City's record safe for now. They face Chelsea and then Newcastle in their final two games of the season. Meanwhile, the victory for Arsenal is a big boost in their bid to secure European football next season, as they move to within three points of sixth-placed Wolves. The Gunners turn their attentions to the FA Cup now, as they face Manchester City on Saturday at Wembley.
Arsenal clinch a 2-1 home victory over Liverpool after two big mistakes from the visitors in the first half, eclipsing the early lead the Reds had taken. It was all Liverpool in the second period, with Mane going close on a number of occasions, but Martinez and the Gunners defence were in good form as the hosts bounced back from their defeat to rivals Tottenham last time out. 
90' + 5' Alexander-Arnold has a shot blocked, which Martinez then has to push round the post. The Arsenal defenders are throwing themselves in front of everything at the moment.
90' + 3' Liverpool have increased the intensity in the last couple of minutes, there isn't much time left to play and Arsenal have defended well and they look like they could hold on to the victory.
Dani Ceballos
Yellow Card
90' + 1' Ceballos is the latest Arsenal player to be booked for a late challenge in his own half, trying to break up the Liverpool play.
90' There will be a minimum of FIVE minutes added time played.
90' ARSENAL CHANCE! That was the opportunity to wrap up the win for the Gunners, they manage to get into the final third and Aubameyang lofts a deep cross from the byline towards Willock who is racing into the box. However, he gets too much on the ball and it flies high over the crossbar.
89' Save! Mane has been the best attacking player for Liverpool tonight and if they are to equalise, it looks like he will be the most likely. The striker fires a powerful strike from the edge of the box, which takes a slight deflection, but Martinez gets across and makes a good save.
88' There's just a few minutes of normal time left to play now, can Liverpool carve out another chance and get a late equaliser?
86' LIVERPOOL CHANCE! Robertson releases Mane down the wing and in-behind Maitland-Niles, it looks like he only has Martinez to beat, but Maitland-Niles does manage to get back well and put him under enough pressure, forcing the striker to fire the ball just wide of the near post. Great chance to equalise.
S. Kolašinac
B. Saka
85' Fifth and final Arsenal substitution now, with Saka heading off the pitch and he has been replaced by Kolasinac.
X. Shaqiri
G. Wijnaldum
83' The other change for the visitors sees Wijnaldum replaced by Shaqiri.
D. Origi
Mohamed Salah
83' Another double substitution for Liverpool now, with Salah replaced by Origi.
G. Xhaka
Yellow Card
81' Xhaka is booked for a late challenge on Keita, just catching the midfielder, who had nicked the ball away just in time.
80' Liverpool are unbeaten in their last four Premier League away games against Arsenal, though three of these have ended level (W1).
78' Stoppage in play here as Xhaka is down with a knee injury, after he tries to knock the ball away from Salah and he turns it towards his own goal for Martinez to pick up. The Liverpool players appeal for a back pass, but it wasn't intentional. After some treatment, the midfielder is fine to continue.
A. Maitland-Niles
Cédric Soares
76' Another Arsenal substitution now, with Cedric the man coming off and he has been replaced by Maitland-Niles.
75' Decent chance! Van Dijk gets up high at the far post after a deep cross into the box from Robertson, but Xhaka makes it difficult for him to make good contact with the ball and the Liverpool centre-back fires his header well wide of the goal.
72' Arsenal will be thankful for the drinks break now, they have spent most of the second half chasing the ball and moving from left to right, trying to break up the Liverpool play.
70' Good chance! Great cross into the box from the left by Mane, which finds Salah at the back post, but his header is too weak and Martinez gathers it comfortably. A bit more pace on that and Martinez would've been tested.
69' The pressure is building by Liverpool now, they have Arsenal penned inside their own half and the Gunners have everyone back behind the ball defending. Aubameyang is trying to push his side forward and break forward quickly on the counter when they do win the ball back.
67' Since Mikel Arteta’s first game in charge in December, Arsenal have dropped more points from winning positions than any other Premier League team (15).
65' Minamino has been lively since coming onto the pitch, he has been heavily involved up top and is adding something different to the Liverpool attack, with Arsenal struggling to mark him at the moment.
63' Good effort! Minamino receives the ball on the edge of the Arsenal penalty area, he turns and then quickly fires a low shot towards the bottom right-hand corner of the net. However, the shot is dragged wide and flies past the Gunners post.
T. Minamino
Roberto Firmino
61' Double substitution for Liverpool now, with Firmino replaced by Minamino.
N. Keïta
A. Oxlade-Chamberlain
61' The other Liverpool change sees Oxlade-Chamberlain come off the pitch and he has been replaced by Keita.
60' Arsenal seem to be in a good defensive shape at the moment, they are pressing a bit higher up the pitch to stop Liverpool from getting into their final third so easily. The visitors seem a little short on ideas in attack.
P. Aubameyang
R. Nelson
58' The second goalscorer Nelson is the third player to come off the pitch and he has been replaced by Aubameyang.
J. Willock
A. Lacazette
57' The second change sees Lacazette head off the pitch to be replaced by Willock.
Dani Ceballos
L. Torreira
57' It's a triple substitution for Arsenal, the first change sees Torreira come off and he has been replaced by Ceballos.
56' Arsenal are preparing a few of changes on the sidelines now, with Liverpool starting to dominate the game once again.
54' SAVE! Martinez with a wonderful stop to deny Salah, who does brilliantly to beat David Luiz with some fancy footwork deep inside the Gunners box and then fires a high shot towards goal, but Martinez tips it over the crossbar.
53' Nelson is the fifth different player aged 20 or under to score for Arsenal in the Premier League this season (along with Saka, Nketiah, Martinelli and Willock) - the most of any team in the competition.
51' BLOCKED! Good move by Liverpool, that ends with Mane firing a low shot towards the bottom corner of the Arsenal goal from the edge of the box. However, David Luiz reads it well and makes a superb block to turn the ball out of play.
50' CHANCE! Liverpool opportunity, with Roberston, Salah and Firmino all having shots blocked in a goalmouth scramble in the Arsenal penalty area, but the Gunners get plenty of players back and throw themselves at the shots, blocking each one and eventually clearing the danger.
T. Alexander-Arnold
Yellow Card
48' Alexander-Arnold is now the first Liverpool player to be booked, after his high challenge on Saka down the Arsenal left. The right-back doesn't quite get to the ball in time and Saka nicks it past him.
L. Torreira
Yellow Card
46' The first yellow card of the game is shown to Torreira just seconds after the restart, after his late challenge on Gomez.
46' The second half is under way!
Klopp looked stunned on the sidelines, his Liverpool side have been the stronger side and should be able to push on after the break and re-take the lead, as the Arsenal defence don't look particularly comfortable.
Liverpool will be wondering how they are losing at the break, after dominating the opening half, but handing Arsenal two goals with sloppy errors at the back. The visitors took the lead, after Robertson fed Mane and he slotted home from close range. However, Van Dijk made a rare mistake and handed the ball straight to Lacazette in the box with a poor backpass, who rounded Alisson and equalised. The Gunners were then gifted another goal just before the break, with the mistake this time coming from Alisson, with a poor ball out from the back, that Lacazette latched onto, before feeding Nelson, who finished well.
45' Good effort! Oxlade-Chamberlain with a powerful strike towards the Arsenal goal, but it is too close to Martinez, who makes a comfortable save.
A. Lacazette
44' That's a goal and an assist for the Arsenal captain tonight, Lacazette. The striker has been lively up front, despite not having any support from his team-mates and he read that Alisson mistake well, before looking up and spotting Nelson in a good position.
R. Nelson
44' GOOOAAALLL! Arsenal take the lead, it's 2-1! Completely against the run of play, it comes after another mistake from Liverpool at the back! Alisson plays a chipped ball out wide, which is poor and Lacazette nicks it, he sprints forward and plays it into the box to Nelson, who turns away from one defender and then fires it past Alisson.
42' Salah has a shot blocked inside the Arsenal box, after Holding loses the ball around 30 yards out and Liverpool pounce, but the effort is well blocked by David Luiz.
40' Robertson has seen a lot of the ball down the left-hand side of the pitch, there has been a lot of space down that wing and his delivery into the box has been good, with Cedric having to do a lot of defending.
38' There's not long left to play at the Emirates before the end of the first half now, can either side take the lead before the half-time whistle?
36' Mane has been directly involved in 24 goals in the Premier League this season (17 goals, 7 assists), his best return in a single Premier League season.
34' Apart from the goal, that is the first time Arsenal have really been in the Liverpool final third, with the visitors looking comfortable, but a mistake has handed Arsenal a way back into the game.
A. Lacazette
32' GOOOAAALLL! Huge goal for Arsenal after a big mistake from Van Dijk at the back, it's 1-1! Van Dijk is chased down by Nelson, who plays the ball back to Alisson, but he doesn't see Lacazette and the striker sneaks in, rounds Alisson and fires the ball into the back of the net. The Liverpool centre-back appeals for a foul from Nelson, but nothing is given and the goal stands.
31' This is better from Arsenal, they are trying to play the ball in-behind the Liverpool defence much quicker, with Lacazette trying to use his pace, however, his latest run is well offside.
29' We're midway through the first half now and Arsenal are yet to test the Liverpool defence, with the Gunners struggling to break into the visitors half of the pitch. The likes of Pepe and Saka have barely touched the ball.
27' Not too far away! Salah is just inches away from a cross into the box from the right wing, just a bit further forward and he would've poked that towards the Arsenal goal.
26' We have the first drinks break of the game, with both teams taking on some instructions from the bench as well. Arsenal are yet to get going, with their attacking front three hardly touching the ball.
24' Since the restart, Liverpool have failed to win three of their six Premier League matches (W3 D2 L1) – the Reds had only failed to win two of their previous 38 in the competition (W36 D1 L1).
22' Almost a good chance for Arsenal! Nelson is released in-behind the Liverpool defence, he races through on goal from out wide and then tries to pull the ball back to Lacazette, but his pass is poor and Liverpool clear the danger. It looked like the winger was offside anyway when he initially raced through.
A. Robertson
20' Robertson sprinted past Firmino on the overlap and drew the defenders into him, before spinning the ball back to Mane, who made no mistakes with the finish.
S. Mané
20' GOOOAAALLL! Liverpool take the lead, it's 1-0! Firmino and Roberston link up really well down the left, with the latter pulling the ball back to Mane who wanders into the six-yard box unmarked and slots the ball past Martinez and into the back of the net.
18' Apart from the Firmino chance a few minutes ago, that has been the only real opportunity to open the scoring here. Alisson has been a spectator in the Liverpool goal so far.
16' Torreira is lucky to get away with just a warning after he handles the ball in the air, after thinking his side should have a free-kick, but nothing was given. The midfielder then also kicks the ball away in frustration.
14' Arsenal just can't seem to string more then a couple of passes together at the moment, as Liverpool are pressing high and very quickly, stopping Arsenal from getting any possession going.
12' CHANCE! So unlucky for Firmino! Martinez takes too long with a kick out from the back and Firmino chases him down and blocks the clearance, which then rebounds and strikes the outside of the post and bounces out of play. Poor from the Arsenal keeper, he almost handed Liverpool the opener then.
12' Robertson whips a free-kick into the penalty area, but it's too close to Martinez and the keeper comfortably catches the ball in the air.
11' Liverpool are dominating possession at the moment, they have Arsenal penned back inside their own half and they look good in the final third. They have a free-kick now around 35 yards out, after Holding dives into the back of Mane.
9' Arsenal are winless in their last nine Premier League meetings with Liverpool (D4 L5) since a 4-1 victory at the Emirates in April 2015.
7' Liverpool try and break forward quickly on the counter following an Arsenal corner, with Oxlade-Chamberlain on the ball, but his team-mates run past him and he runs out of options and has to play the ball backwards, with Arsenal eventually winning it back.
5' It looks like Arsenal are playing a five man defence when Liverpool have the ball and they are defending, with Cedric and Tierney both sitting deep and making it much tighter and more difficult for Liverpool to get the ball in-behind.
3' The pace of the game is quite slow early on, neither side have been able to get the ball down and muster an attack in the opening stages of the match.
1' We're under way!
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Meanwhile Liverpool have made just two changes to their side, with Williams and Jones missing out and they have been replaced by Alexander-Arnold and Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Arsenal have made five changes to the side that lost against Spurs, as they have an FA Cup semi-final on Saturday against Manchester City. Mustafi, Kolasinac, Bellerin, Ceballos and Aubameyang all dropping out and they have been replaced by Holding, Cedric, Torreira, Saka and Nelson in the starting XI.
LIVERPOOL SUBS: Adrian, Dejan Lovren, Neco Williams, Naby Keita, Takumi Minamino, Xherdan Shaqiri, Curtis Jones, Harvey Elliott, Divock Origi.
LIVERPOOL (4-3-3): Alisson Becker; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, Virgil Van Dijk, Andrew Robertson; Fabinho, Georginio Wijnaldum, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain; Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino.
ARSENAL SUBS: Hector Bellerin, Sokratis, Dani Ceballos, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Shkodran Mustafi, Joseph Willock, Saed Kolasinac, Matt Macey.
ARSENAL (3-4-3): Emiliano Martinez; Rob Holding, David Luiz, Kieran Tierney; Cedric Soares, Lucas Torreira, Granit Xhaka, Reiss Nelson; Nicolas Pepe, Alexandre Lacazette, Bukayo Saka.
Liverpool were held to a 1-1 draw with Burnley at the weekend, after two wins in a row to bounce back from their 4-0 defeat against Manchester City. The Champions are only seven points shy of the 100 point mark at the top of the table, if they win all of their three remaining games then they would break Manchester City's record of two seasons ago.
After four wins on the bounce, Arsenal are now two games without a victory, having drawn 1-1 at home against Leicester City and then lost 2-1 against Tottenham at the weekend, to leave them trailing their rivals in their bid to qualify for Europe this season. The Gunners are currently 9th in the table, five points behind fifth-placed Wolves.
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