Arsenal sick of sight of Liverpool as Jota and Firmino sink Gunners again

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rsenal must be sick of seeing the Liverpool strikers and they will be happy not to have to play them again this season.

The Gunners appear to be the Liverpool strikers’ favorite opponent and that run continued tonight as Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino both scored to secure a 2-0 win.

Jota has now scored seven goals in as many games against Arsenal for Liverpool. Firmino has also scored nine goals against Arsenal in all competitions, more any other opponent since joining Liverpool.

They delivered two hammer blows to Arsenal and they came on in the space of eight minutes in the second half to stop Mikel Arteta’s side in their tracks.

Prior to that, the Gunners had done well, going toe to toe with Liverpool and keeping them quiet throughout the first half.

It was a controlled and measured performance from Arsenal, which isn’t always what you expect of them in big games.

That certainly wasn’t the case at Anfield earlier this season, where Arsenal were dismantled 4-0, but there has been no meltdown here.

Instead, they fought and fought to the bitter end, with Liverpool’s firepower and Arsenal’s defensive errors proving the difference.

Arsenal will certainly be disappointed with the manner of the Reds’ goalscoring. The former saw Jota beat Aaron Ramsdale to his close post, while Firmino passed Gabriel for the latter.

Other than that, Liverpool have remained pretty quiet. But in those eight minutes of the second half, they highlighted their ruthlessness. Arsenal gave up and they were punished.

It helped that Liverpool were blessed with extreme firepower, summed up by the fact that they were able to get Firmino and Mohamed Salah off the bench.

Few teams could match that and for Arsenal, who remain fourth in the Premier League, their attention must now quickly shift to Saturday’s trip to Aston Villa.

Partey shines again

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It’s not often that Fabinho is overshadowed in midfield, but Thomas Partey certainly gave him his money’s worth tonight.

The Ghanaian was once again at his best, interrupting play and spraying passes. He looks like a different player to the one who struggled at the start of the campaign.

Fabinho was also excellent, keeping Martin Odegaard very quiet, but Partey more than held on.

Suddenly he looks like a player for the biggest games and, as Arsenal chase fourth place, that will be crucial. As the pressure mounts, they’ll need their big guys to step up – and Partey looks set to do just that.

Cédric holds firm and impresses despite the defeat

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Before the match, Cedric was branded as perhaps Arsenal’s weakest link but he did well tonight.

Luis Diaz has been one of the in-form players in recent weeks, but he’s been quiet and hanging on to the hour mark.

Arsenal will want Takehiro Tomiyasu back for the break-in, but Cedric has at least given Arteta the belief he can step in when needed.

The Portugal international has had a tough time at Arsenal since his arrival but ultimately feels like a viable squad player.


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