Arsenal come out fighting in festive thriller

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23 December, 2017

Arsenal and Liverpool were forced to share the spoils in their Friday night Premier League encounter at the Emirates.

Showing the desire and assertiveness completely missing in the first half, Arsenal pulled level through Alexis Sanchez and Granit Xhaka by the 56th minute.

James Milner, rightly, referred to being in control of a big match only to have heads bowed at the final whistle as a "theme"; the collapse in Sevilla last month, the Merseyside derby in this one and now the ridiculous scenes at the Emirates.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has admitted that "it is hard to explain" how his team did not beat Arsenal in Friday's incredible Premier League clash at the Emirates Stadium.

Salah's on-field link with Sadio Mane has proved a particularly scintillating factor within Jurgen Klopp's team this season.

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere said his side had been too cautious in the first half.

Liverpool fans thought Salah had won it in the penultimate minute but his shot ruffled the side-netting, with both teams left to settle for a point after a breathless festive treat.

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That Klopp's charges presented Arsenal with that possibility was unacceptable.

Salah finally got the goal his enterprising display deserved in the 52nd minute, advancing in the area as Arsenal backed off before slotting a fine finish into the far corner.

Salah has delighted the Anfield faithful since joining from Roma during the close season and he reached 20 goals in all competitions by scoring in last weekend's 4-0 thrashing of Bournemouth. The point is the minimum we deserve.

- Three strikes in six minutes from Sanchez, Xhaka and Ozil put hosts in front.

Ozil played the ball into Alexandre Lacazette, then took the French forward's audacious back-heel in his stride before clipping a sweet finish past Mignolet.

- Firmino ties the score, as Cech fails to keep out his drive.


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