EPL 2016-17 - Arsenal 3-4 Liverpool: 5 Talking Points
Arsenal faced Liverpool in another thrilling Premier League encounter, as it ended 4-3 for the visitors who had a terrible record at the Emirates. The Reds had won only once in their last 20 league encounters at the Emirates but emerged victorious in a topsy-turvy encounter which has been a regular case for both the teams in recent years when they have come up against each other.
Liverpool equalised through an exquisite Philippe Coutinho special after Theo Walcott had given the hosts the lead just 90 seconds after missing a well-earned penalty. Arsenal were the better team in the first half and scored a much-deserved goal through Walcott after a great run by the youngster, Alex Iwobi.
Coutinho received a freekick well out of his reach but scored his first freekick goal in the league by beating Cech handsomely in the dying moments of the first half.
The Reds started the second half strongly and delivered a performance like they did against Barcelona when they scored three quick goals courtesy of Adam Lallana, Coutinho and a debut goal from Sadio Mane.
But as usual, the Reds showed their other side which was on display against Mainz, as they conceded two quick goals thanks to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Callum Chambers.
It was a game of two halves as Arsenal dominated the first half but conceded a goal through Coutinho's brilliance. The second half showed Wenger's shortcomings as opposed to Klopp's strengths as he took the game out of Arsenal's hands.
This game announced Liverpool's summer signings on the big stage and has proved that they can garner results against the top sides. Let's take a look at the five talking points from the game between Arsenal and Liverpool :
1. Liverpool are genuine title contenders
Liverpool produced a result against a side at their home ground where they had a miserable record over the years. This speaks volumes about the impact that Jurgen Klopp has had over the squad in his first full summer at the club.
The team has been reacting according to the manager's demands and though were the second best team in the first half, the Reds must have had a stern half time talk as they looked rejuvenated and completely destroyed an Arsenal team who had previously conceded 3 goals at Emirates in August 2013.
Liverpool completely outperformed Barcelona and showed glimpses of it against the Gunners and with plenty of time available for the Reds between the games this time around, Liverpool can definitely be a challenge for the contenders