Arsenal 0-2 Liverpool: Player ratings as wasteful Gunners bow out of FA Cup

  • Arsenal crashed out of the FA Cup on Sunday
  • Gunners were made to rue missed chances
  • Jakub Kiwior's own goal and late Luis Diaz strikesent Liverpool into the fourth round

Jakub Kiwior's own goal knocked Arsenal out of the FA Cup
Jakub Kiwior's own goal knocked Arsenal out of the FA Cup / Julian Finney/GettyImages
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Arsenal were once again made to rue missed opportunities as they bowed out of the FA Cup to Liverpool on Sunday afternoon.

The all-white Gunners started superbly, but familiar scoring woes ensured their first-half dominance wasn't rewarded.

Reiss Nelson, Martin Odegaard, and, in particular, Kai Havertz were all guilty of squandering superb openings for the hosts.

Arsenal had plenty of joy without the ball against the Virgil van Dijk-less Reds, and they constantly regained possession deep in the Liverpool half. However, the visitors' threat was distinct and Trent Alexander-Arnold rattled the crossbar just before half-time.

Jurgen Klopp altered his frontline at the break and his side then had their best spell of the game. The Reds started to frighten in transition, with Alexander-Arnold's distribution often setting their forwards away in behind. However, their superiority was brief as Arsenal grew back into the contest.

The second half was undoubtedly more even, with chances arriving at both ends. Eventually, the deadlock was broken by the visitors as Jakub Kiwior flicked Trent's free-kick beyond Aaron Ramsdale.

Mikel Arteta made a couple of late changes hoping to find an equaliser, but Luis Diaz made sure of Liverpool's progression with a strike at the death.


Arsenal 0-2 Liverpool player ratings

Here are the Arsenal player ratings from their FA Cup defeat.


Goalkeeper & Defenders

Aaron Ramsdale
Aaron Ramsdale was back between the sticks / Shaun Botterill/GettyImages

Aaron Ramsdale (GK) - 7/10 - There was no clean sheet but this was Ramsdale's best performance of the season so far. Set up Nelson's early chance with a wonderful pass, and denied Diaz before Liverpool took the lead with an excellent save low down.

Ben White (RB) - 6/10 - Had one awful sequence with Curtis Jones in the first half, but was otherwise okay. Played a lovely ball in behind for Saka just after half-time.

William Saliba (CB) - 7/10 - Enjoyed his duel with Darwin Nunez, often getting the better of the Uruguayan. However, Saliba produced a couple of sloppy moments in possession and was booked just after the hour.

Gabriel (CB) - 7.5/10 - Gabriel's aggression aided Arsenal's work without the ball, and I thought the Brazilian outperformed his centre-back partner (just).

Jakub Kiwior (LB) - 4/10 - It's safe to say that Kiwior is not the solution at left-back. He wasn't poor today, but pretty anonymous before the own goal. Didn't look comfortable one-v-one against Diaz.

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