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Arsenal 3-3 Liverpool: Player Ratings

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4.87K   //    23 Dec 2017, 09:21 IST

Liverpool will rue the chances they missed as they succumbed to a draw at the Emirates
Liverpool will rue the chances they missed as they succumbed to a draw at the Emirates

Liverpool were 1-0 up at half-time courtesy of Philippe Coutinho's header and soon after the restart, doubled their lead through Mohamed Salah's deflected effort.

However, an intense five minute period of Arsenal pressure saw the hosts take a surprise 3-2 advantage.

The Reds eventually clawed their way back into proceedings after Petr Cech's failed attempt to deny Roberto Firmino's close-range effort. The 3-3 result will put a severe dent to both sides' aspirations of catching up with the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea, who both sit in second and third place respectively, with a game in hand.

Here are the player ratings from an enthralling affair at the Emirates:

Arsenal

Petr Cech - 6/10

Arsenal have the veteran to thank for keeping them in the game. He made crucial saves to deny both Salah and Sadio Mané in the first-half, giving the Gunners a chance to recover after the interval. He could do nothing to stop the visitors' first two strikes, both of which were deflected, but his poor attempt at denying Firmino is hard to take.

Hector Bellerín - 6/10

The Spaniard did not have the best of games against the likes of Coutinho and Salah in attack, but his presence proved pivotal in helping recover from a two-goal deficit - providing the assist for Sanchez's goal with a great delivery into the box.

Laurent Koscielny - 5/10

Koscielny is undoubtedly a top defender but the 32-year-old seemed confused on the pitch, making a handful of sloppy passes and defensive actions which just gave Liverpool extra enthusiasm in attack.

Nacho Monreal - 5/10

He's clearly uncomfortable while playing in central defence as part of a four-man backline and his weaknesses were exposed quite regularly during the first 45. Although said to be struggling with a niggling injury, it came as no surprise that he was hauled off at the break for Shkodran Mustafi.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles - 6/10

It appeared as though the youngster would struggle against Salah, but to his credit, he held his own for sustained periods in the match. Although, it's increasingly clear that he is more suited to a midfield role, his unfamiliarity to the left-back role is something that Wenger himself has to take the criticism for.

Granit Xhaka - 6/10

He did not have the best of games, failing to track the run of Liverpool attackers more often than not, whilst his long-range passing was inaccurate too often for a player of his quality.

However, he scored the goal that brought Arsenal level and importantly, had the confidence to shoot from distance in the first place.

Jack Wilshere - 7/10

The creative Englishman is gradually getting back to his best and played the full 90 minutes against an intense opponent in Liverpool. Running forward with confidence, he also stuck a foot in wherever necessary to help his team-mates in transition without possession.

Alex Iwobi - 5/10

He picked up the assist for Xhaka's goal to level the scoring once more, but the young Nigerian was poor overall and continued to lose possession with sloppy passes when he could've done better with more composure.

Mesut Özil - 7/10

The German has picked up form recently and on this occasion, did his utmost to help bring the side back into an affair they could've easily lost before the hour mark. He temporarily put the hosts ahead with a brilliant finish after a well-worked move from midfield.

Arsenal v Liverpool - Premier League
Arsenal v Liverpool - Premier League

Alexis Sánchez - 6.5/10

Sánchez seemed disinterested and lost in the first-half. Out of nowhere though, he scored the all-important goal to give Gunners belief that they could still respond accordingly to a two-goal deficit. With that being said, he was once again wasteful in possession.

Alexandre Lacazette - 6.5/10

Picked up the assist for Özil's goal with a well-found backheel pass but did not have adequate service to threaten Liverpool's backline operating in the lone forward role.

Substitutes

Shkodran Mustafi - 6.5/10

He was much more calm, composed and solid overall than Monreal in central defence. Liverpool netted two after his arrival but the German could do very little about either goal.

Danny Welbeck - N/A

On as a substitute for Alex Iwobi, the Englishman had very little influence on the game.

Theo Walcott - N/A

On as a late sub for Alexis, Walcott did not have ample time to make a significant contribution.

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