Arsenal, along with the entirety of the footballing world, struggle at Anfield. Despite the very real intimidation of the famed stadium Arsenal fans were confident in the team’s ability to capture three points.
The Gunners almost capitalised on their early dominance but were fiercely challenged by Liverpool. The final score was 2-2 which in the end represents the game.
Here are three takeaways from the Premier League classic on Merseyside.
3 takeaways from Arsenal’s 2-2 draw against Liverpool
1. Granit Xhaka woke Anfield up
Last season, Arsenal came to Anfield amid a ten-game unbeaten run.
Mikel Arteta’s young guns were holding their own against the dominant Reds in the opening half an hour before the two managers came to blows after an uncalled foul on Takehiro Tomiyasu by Sadio Mane.
After this clash, the rather dormant Anfield came alive. This time, a Xhaka moment of retaliation did the same. The Swiss international and Trent Alexander-Arnold had a squabble which seemed not only to get the fans engaged, but the rest of the squad as well. Arsenal were dominating their opponents, but this event changed the momentum of the game.
This is not an attempt to blame Xhaka for the draw, but rather a compliment to Anfield’s animated atmosphere. Liverpool resembled their previous selves and sent wave after wave of attack that eventually broke down Arsenal’s solid defence before half-time.
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