Report: Liverpool 1-2 Arsenal
A sublime late volley from Robin van Persie ensured that Arsenal snatched a 2-1 triumph at Liverpool on Saturday – a fourth straight win in the Premier League for the first time since November.
That stunning form of five consecutive wins back in the period between October and November saw the Gunners restore their feel-good factor and form after a horrible start to the season. This new run though, may be even more vital to whether the Gunners qualify for the Champions League next season after Van Persie’s magnificent winner against Liverpool.
Arsenal’s skipper powered home his 25th Premier League goal of the campaign as Arsène Wenger’s side became the first team to win at Anfield this season.
The goal was an incredible twist in an unlikely tale. Arsenal were under pressure in the first half and would have gone behind but for Wojciech Szczesny’s wonderful penalty save from Dirk Kuyt.
Laurent Koscielny’s own goal did give the hosts the lead but Arsenal equalised quickly when Van Persie powered home a header from Bacary Sagna’s cross.
Parity did not change the game, Liverpool were still piling on the pressure. At the start of the second half, Arsenal also lost Mikel Arteta and his replacement Abou Diaby to injury. But, this afternoon, Wenger’s side rolled up their sleeves and dug in. They were not at their best but good things happen to enterprising teams who try hard.
Last week’s derby win should have told us everything about Arsenal’s capabilities. Yes, Van Persie’s goal was against the tide and ‘stolen’ but, even when they are under pressure, you should never underestimate Wenger’s men.
And following Sunday’s 3-1 defeat for Spurs at home to United which meant Wenger’s men are now just four points adrift of third place, this was another massive win for Arsenal.