Liverpool scored two late goals to overcome ten man Arsenal at the Emirates. Arsenal’s challenge began to unravel in the 70th minute when Emmanuel Frimpong received his marching orders. A late tackle on Lucas resulted in a second yellow card for the Arsenal youngster. A Miquel clearance rebounded off Ramsey to give Liverpool the lead in the 78th minute, while Luis Suarez came off the bench to secure the win in the 90th minute.
Liverpool were the more impressive outfit for the opening half an hour and created most of the openings. Arsenal’s defensive injury worries also continued as Laurent Koscielny limped off and was replaced by 18 year old Agnasi Miquel.
Liverpool created the majority of chances in the opening period. Dirk Kuyt had an early half chance from a Stuart Downing cross, but his weak effort was easily saved by Szczesny.
The closest Liverpool came to scoring in the first half was in the 20th minute. A terrific Andy Carroll header was well saved by the impressive Szczesny. Henderson then had a weak header saved by the Arsenal keeper.
Arsenal slowly came more into the match and played some good football in the closing fifteen minutes of the opening period. Frimpong came closest to scoring for Arsenal in this period, when the youngster had his powerful long-range shot pushed just around the post.
Nasri was particularly impressive for the Gunners in the closing minutes of the first half in perhaps his final match for Arsenal. The Frenchman set off on a great dribble in the 35th minute where he ran half the pitch before beating Agger and shooting just wide.
The match became scrappy after the interval as the rain began to fall heavily. Neither team were able to create any real openings until the final twenty minutes.
Frimpong’s sending off and the introduction of Luis Suarez and Raul Meireles changed the match. Immediately an Enrique through ball found Suarez and the Uruguayan’s shot was saved by Szczesny. A minute later the Polish keeper saved a shot from Downing after the winger was played in by Charlie Adam, who displayed intelligent passing throughout the match.
The first goal came from good work from the two substitutes. Suarez played in Meireles, who controlled the ball before returning a pass to Suarez. The pass was slightly too heavy, but the Uruguayan put pressure on Miquel, whose hurried clearance hit Aaron Ramsey and looped over Szczesny for the Liverpool opener.
In the final minute, a good through ball from Charlie Adam found Meireles. The Portuguese midfielder immediately played in Suarez who finished into an empty net.
Liverpool deserved their victory, but Arsenal will feel unlucky to have gone behind to such a bizarre goal. Arsenal need to quickly reinvest the money from the sale of Cesc Fabregas and the potential departure of Samir Nasri if they are to compete for Champions League qualification this season.