Premier League: Arsenal fight back to deny Liverpool win


Arsenal rescued a point with a great comeback after Liverpool looked like they would clinch all three points at Emirates Stadium. Luis Suarez and Jordan Henderson took advantage of another poor defensive display from Arsenal defensive display but Arsenal showed great determination to fight back and score twice inside three minutes through Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott.

Liverpool took the lead after just five minutes as the Arsenal defence failed to clear the ball after Wojciech Szczesny saved a shot from Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez scored with a bit of luck as his ball was deflected into the back of the net. Arsenal nearly bagged the equaliser right away but goalkeeper Pepe Reina blocked an effort from Theo Walcott. Then it was Suarez' turn to create panic in the Arsenal defence as the Uruguay forward played a clever pass for Sturridge who fired wide. Walcott was then denied once again by Reina but Liverpool had two more chances through Agger and Henderson.

Arsenal's poor display continued after the break and Liverpool doubled their lead on the hour mark as Henderson found his way past no less than four defenders inside the penalty area before putting the ball past the goalkeeper. Arsenal then suddenly woke up and made it all square back after just seven minutes as Giroud powered in a header before Walcott fired in a perfectly placed shot. Both sides continued to attack and Arsenal came close on another two occasions as Cazorla fired wide and Giroud was denied by Reina. Liverpool also had a chance in stoppage time when Suarez was denied by a good save from Szczesny.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said after the game: "We created many chances going forward but were nervous defensively. The goals we have conceded show we were nervous from the start. It was entertainment. We could honestly have lost the game but could have won it by three or four goals." Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers replied: "There is an initial disappointment when you are 2-0 up and draw but we knew Arsenal were going to have a spell. We could have had a few more goals but my overriding emotion is one of pride. These players have been brilliant."

Liverpool will face another tough match on February 3 when they travel to meet champions Manchester City, here are the odds from Bet365:

Man City win - 5/6
Draw - 11/4
Liverpool win - 16/5

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