5 Games That Cost Arsenal Title Push

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Liverpool (A)

Arsenal went to Anfield on the back of an emphatic 4-1 victory against Newcastle a week before, but again, they were to be left frustrated by the final whistle.

Much like United’s victory against Arsenal, Wenger’s men looked second best all game long to Liverpool’s dominance and electric offensive play, which eventually paid off through Philippe Coutinho’s strike on the cuspe of half-time.

The home side were shell-shocked when Arsenal equalized through Mathieu Debuchy’s headed effort a minute later, manifested from an initial free-kick, and it got better for the Gunners in the second half when Giroud gave them the lead, against the run of play.

Arsenal held on for much of that second half but some slack defending from a corner proved crucial.

Martin Skrtel powered a bullet header past Wojciech Szczesny in injury time, Per Mertesacker and Gibbs visibly at fault for the goal, after the former seemed to duck out the path of the ball and the latter leaving his position on the post.

This was yet another blow for the Gunners, who could’ve gone away with 3 big points that night after admittedly being second best throughout the game – a real ‘smash and grab’ result, but it wasn’t to be.

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