Arsenal 2-1 Liverpool: Gunners end champions’ quest to become centurions

Liverpool suffered only their 3rd defeat of the season, losing 2-1 to Arsenal.

Having secured the title in record time, Jurgen Klopp’s men set out to break numerous Premier League records that were still in their sights.

Despite losing their cloak of invincibility at Vicarage Road, the champions still had a chance to set records for most points, most wins, largest title-winning margin, and up until last Saturday, a 100% home record.

They travelled to the capital to take on the Gunners who have aspirations of their own; a European spot.

Alexandre Lacazette played well – scoring and assisting to help Arsenal to a win. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED BY THE DAILY STAR.

Mikel Arteta’s men kicked off the game five points behind 7th-placed Tottenham and failure to win would have all but ended any chance of them usurping their nearest neighbours.

With one eye on Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final, the Arsenal gaffer named numerous changes to his starting XI. Nelson, Torriera, Cedric, Saka and Holding came in for Aubameyang, Ceballos, Bellerin, Kolasinac and Mustafi.

On the other hand, Klopp made two alterations to the side that was held by Burnley. Neco Williams and Curtis Jones made way for Alexander-Arnold and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Liverpool made a bright start to the game and nearly took the lead when Firmino charged down Emiliano Martinez’s attempted clearance. The ball cannoned off the Brazilian before hitting the upright.

They took the lead on the 20th-minute mark when Mane tucked home Robertson’s cross for his 17th league goal of the season.

Liverpool looked in total control and prevented Arsenal from having any real go. However, two errors in the space of twelve minutes from the usually dependable duo of van Dijk and Alisson changed the course of the game.

Van Dijk
The Dutchman broke character to give away a goal. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED BY SKY SPORTS.

Under minimal pressure from Reiss Nelson, van Dijk’s loose pass to Alisson was intercepted by Lacazette who rounded the Brazilian before firing home his 12th of the season.

The game was turned on its head when Alisson’s pass fell to Lacazette who played in Nelson to fire the Gunners ahead.

The visitors peppered their hosts’ goal in search of an equalizer but for the second game running, they ran into a brick wall in the opposing goal.

Mohammed Salah had the best chance to restore parity after showing nimble footwork in the box only to be denied by Martinez’s fingertips.

Arsenal held on to win the game and keep their European dreams alive, ending Liverpool’s of becoming centurions in the process.

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