Liverpool 1-1 Arsenal: Player ratings as Gunners share spoils at Anfield

  • Arsenal and Liverpool played out frenetic cracker at Anfield
  • Gabriel headed Arsenal into lead before Mohamed Salah equalised
  • Gunners top of the Premier League at Christmas

Arsenal shared the spoils at Anfield on Saturday
Arsenal shared the spoils at Anfield on Saturday / Michael Regan/GettyImages
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Arsenal will go into Christmas at the top of the Premier League table after grinding out an impressive point against Liverpool on Saturday.

The contest couldn't have started better for the Gunners, who took an early lead though an emphatic Gabriel header. The visitors then looked menacing in transition as they sought to contain Jurgen Klopp's side.

However, a wonderful Trent Alexander-Arnold pass set Mohamed Salah free down Liverpool's right, and after stepping inside Oleksandr Zinchenko with aplomb, the Egyptian levelled for the hosts.

While the Reds enjoyed much of the territory, Arsenal continued to pose a threat on the counter and Gabriel Martinelli should've restored their lead after Bukayo Saka broke in behind and rounded Alisson.

The Gunners were woeful at the start of the second half, turning over possession at will as the Anfield cauldron started to take its toll. They could've been a couple behind before some stability returned on the hour. Despite Arsenal's improvement, Liverpool then missed a huge chance on the counter from a Gunners corner as Alexander-Arnold hit the crossbar. The visitors couldn't have been handed a bigger lifeline.

The tension thus ensued into the final stages as the chaos failed to relent. However, there was no late drama as the two title hopefuls earned a point apiece.


Liverpool 1-1 Arsenal player ratings

Mohamed Salah, Oleksandr Zinchenko
Oleksandr Zinchenko had a nightmare against Mohamed Salah in the first half / Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/GettyImages

Here are the Arsenal player ratings from their Anfield draw.


Goalkeeper & Defenders

Gabriel
Gabriel gave Arsenal an early lead / Michael Regan/GettyImages

David Raya (GK) - 6.5/10 - Proactive with his positioning which helped Arsenal defend their high line. Wasn't too busy in terms of shot-stopping.

Ben White (RB) - 6/10 - Liverpool's emphasis on finding Salah at will means White wasn't tested too much in this one. The defender didn't have much of a say with the ball either.

William Saliba (CB) - 8.5/10 - While several of his teammates started to feel the Anfield heat, Saliba remained a stoic presence. Such an elite performer.

Gabriel (CB) - 8/10 - Headed Arsenal into the lead and was tasked with defending his box stoutly for the remainder. Excellent for the most part.

Oleksandr Zinchenko (LB) - 4/10 - Defending Salah one-v-one is never easy, but his technique was woeful in the build-up to the goal. Never confident thereafter, even in possession.

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