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Saturday, 2 February 2013

Arsenal come from behind to draw with Liverpool

Arsenal were forced to come from two goals down against Liverpool on Wednesday night to earn a hard fought draw as Giroud and Walcott's second half goals rescued a point. It was a very poor defensive display in which both of the visitors goals were littered with errors. To add insult to injury left back Kieran Gibbs was injured during the game and was subsequently ruled out for 3 weeks. The Gunners made several changes to the side that had beaten Brighton at the week-end as Sagna, Vermaelen and Gibbs returned at the back. Meanwhile Wilshere, Cazorla and Walcott all started in place of Chamberlain, Rosicky and Diaby.
Giroud kept up his good run of form as he scored against Liverpool
The first real chance of the game provided a goal as Liverpool took the lead. It was a goal full of errors from the home side as first Sagna slipped, which allowed Johnson to pick up the ball and then cross to Sturridge who got the ball after Vermaelen had failed to clear. Sturridge's shot was saved by Szczesny but then Ramsey failed to deal with it as well and Suarez capitalised.

Arsenal almost immediately equalised as Wilshere played in Walcott but Reina got down well to keep out the shot.

Liverpool then could have had another as Suarez played the ball over the top into Sturridge who fired a shot wide.

Giroud was looking to continue his fantastic form and he then found space to try and equalise as Podolski pulled the ball back to the Frenchman but he side footed it wide.

Arsenal were now looking much better and Reina was then forced into making another great save from Walcott as he looked to curl the ball into the far corner.

More defensive errors almost cost Arsenal again as Szczesny came out to try and claim the ball from a corner but Agger got there first. Luckily for the Gunners he was denied on the line by Podolski.

The hosts were all over the place and just before the break Liverpool had a great chance to double their lead. Suarez played in Henderson down the left hand side and after Szczesny came racing out of his goal, he tried to chip him but only found the roof of the net. 

The score at half time was 1-0 to Liverpool.

The first chance of the second half fell to Arsenal as Podolski curled the ball in but Walcott sent his header over the bar from close range.

The Gunners soon found themselves 2 goals down though. Jordan Henderson managed to weave his way past Santos and Mertesacker before getting into the box, playing the ball off an Arsenal man and then finding the net.

Arsenal went after Liverpool immediately as Podolski played a one-two with Giroud before firing inches wide of the post.

It wasn't long before they did eventually find the net. Jack Wilshere floated in a free-kick which Giroud got his head to and made it 2-1.

Arsenal then found another goal to level the game. Cazorla found Giroud and he then layed the ball into Walcott who hammered the ball past Reina and into the far corner.

Walcott almost found the net once more as he cut inside from the right hand side before sending the ball just wide of the far post.

Giroud then had a similar effort kept out by Reina as he got the ball from Walcott and then saw his curled effort saved.

In the dying seconds of the game Liverpool almost found a winner as Suarez drove the ball towards goal but it was saved well by Szczesny.

The final score finished Arsenal 2-2 Liverpool.

The teams lineups:

Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs(37), Ramsey, Wilshere, Cazorla, Walcott, Podolski, Giroud. 
Subs: Mannone, Koscielny, Jenkinson, Santos(37), Diaby, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Rosicky. 

Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Carragher, Agger, Wisdom, Lucas, Gerrard, Henderson, Downing, Suarez, Sturridge(71). 
Subs: Jones, Enrique(71), Skrtel, Shelvey, Allen, Sterling, Borini. 

My man of the match: Olivier Giroud

Referee: Kevin Friend
Attendance: 60,089

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