what happened in the – Premier League Arsenal wins 3-1 Liverpool

  • Arsenal entertain Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium in the Premier League.
  • It’s a top-of-the-table clash as the Reds lead the league with 51 points from 22 games.
  • The Gunners are joint second with Manchester City with 46 points but City have a game in hand.
  • Liverpool are on a four-match winning streak in the league.
  • Arsenal have won two and lost two of their last four games.
  • Reds manager Jurgen Klopp has announced he is to leave the Anfield-based club at the end of the season.

Over to Manchester City

A win for Pep Guardiola’s side at Brentford on Monday then the top three will be separated by two points.

This title race of title races just keeps delivering.

Whatever happens, Arsenal put their stamp back on matters among the challengers at the top once again with a special game at the Emirates.

Arteta admits half-time was difficult

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta admits his side were flattened to go in level at the break after a strong first half.

“I could feel the pain in the dressing room and I said that if we feel sorry for ourselves they will punish us,” he told Sky Sports.

“We knew we were going to have difficult moments and the body language had to be good because we knew it would be difficult

“But we started to control the game (in the second half) and we scored the goals’

“We felt like we connected with our people in the stadium because the atmosphere was amazing.

“At the moment they are the best team in Europe the way they dominate games. You have to be on your toes, they play fast and you have to be at your best.

“We’ve come so far and now it is about doing it consistently. They have done it for six or seven years.

“That was a big win for us. It gives us momentum – we are back on it and we are really excited.”

Klopp says Arsenal were better

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says his side were second best to Arsenal – but only just.

“In general it was not our day and Arsenal deserved the three points – even in strange circumstances,” he told Sky Sports, referencing the Gunners’ second goal.

“We found a way and we had to adapt in a lot of moments. We had to bring a lot of players back from injury and into certain positions.

“We had the situations where it was close and they had problems with us.

“In the second half, if you keep it open, then Arsenal and the crowd can become nervous.

“It was close, Arsenal were under pressure but I really thought in the first half we found our way into the game.

“A lot of things came together and sometimes that happens.”

Premier League-Liverpool skipper admits fault for defeat

Liverpool captain Virgil van Dijk says the result rests on him.

“Eventually it was a difficult day – I take full responsibility for the second goal,” the defender told Sky Sports after the mix-up that allowed Martinelli’s tap-in.

“It was a big turning point just after the break, we were so good and creating chances.

“Arsenal is a very good team, but we were very dominant in the second half.

“I should have cleared the ball but made a split-second decision. I choose to let the ball bounce and put my body in between. But I will try to make sure this never happens again.

“It hurts. I will learn from this.”

‘We knew the importance of the game’

Arsenal midfielder Declan Rice says the magnitude of the match was not lost on the player.

“We knew the fine margins that are involved at the top,” he told Sky Sports.

“Everything was right about this game, all the preparation and all the build-up.

“When you are competing for titles every game is important, but there was a real importance today. We kids, you dream of these moments.”

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