Premier League

March 3, 2012

Full-time

Liverpool

1 - 2

Arsenal

Premier League

12:45 +00:00, March 3, 2012

Anfield, England

Referee: M Halsey

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    That's it from Anfield. Arsenal move ten points clear of Liverpool and to within four of Spurs, who play Manchester United tomorrow.

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    Arsenal though will worry about the injuries sustained by Mikel Arteta and Abou Diaby. More injury woe for the Gunners.

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    Kuyt missed a penalty in the first-half and Liverpool struck the post twice, but it was Van Persie who made the difference.

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    Robin Van Persie bagged a fantastic brace to grab a victory for Arsenal against the run-of-play. Liverpool punished for not going for the kill when they were on top.

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    FULL TIME Liverpool 1-2 Arsenal

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    Oxlade-Chamberlain does brilliantly. The ball runs across him and he spanks a right-footed shot just over the bar from 20 yards. Great technique.

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    Van Persie plays Gervinho through, but the Ivorian runs the ball into the corner to waste some valuable seconds for Arsenal.

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    Gibbs breaks for Arsenal and ignores Van Persie in the centre. The left-back instead cuts inside a shoots tamely with his right-foot straight at Reina.

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    GOAL Liverpool 1-2 Arsenal Van Persie again!!! Alex Song lofts the ball over the defence and Robin Van Persie side-foots home a volley from a tight angle to rewrite the story of this game!

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    Cross fired in from the left towards Kuyt. Vermaelen just does enough to deny the striker a chance.

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    Eight minutes added time signalled...

  • 89'

    Dirk Kuyt unleashes a barrage of abuse at the linesman over an incorrect offside decision, but remarkably isn't booked.

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    Craig Bellamy replaces Stewart Downing

  • 87'

    Liverpool look to set Suarez free, but the Uruguayan is offside once more.

  • 86'

    Liverpool look the most likely side to score here. Haven't made a sub yet, but look the fresher of the sides.

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    Charlie Adam wastes a golden opportunity to play in Jordan Henderson who was completely unmarked. Terrible play.

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    Charlie Adam fires in a corner, Alex Song clears for another corner. Cleared by Vermaelen this time.

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    Dangerous looking ball across the face of goal from Henderson, but Koscielny does well to clear.

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    Throw-in to Liverpool deep in the Arsenal half. Oxlade-Chamberlain playing central-midfield.

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    Oxlade-Chamberlain comes on for Abou Diaby

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    Rosicky lofts a cross towards the back-post. Walcott is onside but tamely flicks the ball on to Reina.

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    Arsenal look to break, but Walcott cannot bring down an over-hit through-ball. Back to Liverpool again.

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    Another great chance for Liverpool. The ball falls to Downing 20 yards out and he completely miscues a left-footed volley.

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    Arsenal given some respite as Kuyt fouls Kieran Gibbs. Tough times for Arsenal once more.

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    Downing outstrips Sagna down the left and has Suarez free in the centre. But, a simple pass across is miss-hit to Szczesny.

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    Gervinho comes on to replace the quiet Yossi Benayoun

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    Sagna now down for Arsenal after a collision with Charlie Adam and Alex Song.

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    Great save Gibbs cuts into the box and finds Walcott. His shot deflects off a defender's leg and Reina makes a stunning reaction save with his left leg.

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    The corner leads to a sustained Liverpool attack. Kuyt fires a ball across the face of goal and Martin Kelly misses a gaping chance.

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    The free-kick is poor from Adam, but he gets a second-chance and a much better ball is knocked behind for a corner.

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    Adam crosses, but too deep for the two players in the centre. The ball comes out to the other flank and Liverpool win a dangerous free-kick for a foul by Alex Song.

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    Rosicky chips the call across the face of goal, causing panic in Liverpool's defence. Carragher does well to clear the danger.

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    Kuyt has a great chance after a Downing cross from the left finds him unmarked, but the attempted header is terrible.

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    Vermaelen clatters Suarez from behind and earns a booking.

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    Sagna taking a risk in the corner, trying to allow the ball to run out. But, just gets away with it.

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    Corner is over-hit. The ball is returned into the area from the other-side, knocked down by Skrtel and Szczesny has to scramble to deny Kelly a chance.

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    Corner to Liverpool. Suarez attacks Koscielny and wins the corner.

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    Walcott has a shot from the corner of the box. High and wide, back to the regular Walcott now.

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    Clever one-two between Suarez and Downing almost sees the Uruguayan get a great chance, but slightly over-hit by the Englishman.

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    Liverpool finally win the ball and burst forward in attack. Free-kick for a Koscielny foul on Suarez in midfield.

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    Still Arsenal with the ball, probing down the flanks with little effect. Martin Kelly deals well with Gibbs to end the attack.

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    Arsenal enjoying a good spell of possession since the restart. Arteta suffering severe concussion is the word from pitch-side.

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    Diaby straight away has an effort from 25 yards. Quite tame, but forces a save from Reina.

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    Abou Diaby replaces Arteta

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    Still no play at Anfield. Arteta is receiving lengthy treatment and is now on a stretcher.

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    Doesn't look good for Arteta. The paramedics are on to give treatment. Turned into the onrushing Henderson.

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    Mikel Arteta down now, after an off-the-ball collision with Henderson. Looks worrying for the Spaniard.

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    Suarez spins Koscielny and runs onto the return-ball. His shot is fired at the side-netting from a tight-angle.

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    Kieron Gibbs down after a clash of heads. He should be ok though.

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    SECOND HALF underway.

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    The players are back out on the pitch. Almost time for the restart. What drama awaits?

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    Koscielny scores in his own-net

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    Arsenal fans will consider themselves fortunate to go in level in this one. A well taken Van Persie goal levelling up after Koscielny's calamitous own-goal. Liverpool on top.

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    HALF TIME Liverpool 1-1 Arsenal

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    Adam crosses from the left and this time Kuyt beats Szczesny to the ball, but it comes back off the post once more!

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    Kelly gets a low cross into the near post from the right, Kuyt beaten to the ball by Szczesny.

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    Sloppy passing from both teams sees the ball stuck in midfield. Two minutes added time signalled.

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    Charlie Adam in acres of space 30 yards out, feints to try and break between the two centre-backs and is dispossessed.

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    Arsenal want to play it out from the back, but pressure from Suarez forces the long-ball from Szczesny.

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    Arteta is down, but Liverpool play on this time. Much to the derision of the Arsenal fans. Bit of bite to this game now.

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    Corner comes in from the right, but Skrtel heads over unmarked from the edge of the six-yard box.

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    Great Save! Suarez beats two man and pokes away a shot, Szczesny does well to save low to his left.

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    Song fouls Downing in midfield. Chance to fire in a free-kick. Taken short, but Gibbs heads clear the eventual cross.

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    Rosicky will be ok. Liverpool look to attack, but Koscielny flies in to end that chance.

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    Rosicky down injured in midfield after a tough tackle from Spearing. Lucky man to avoid a card.

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    Martin Kelly gets past his man on the Liverpool right, but his cross is over-hit and goes out for a throw-in on the other side.

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    All Liverpool again, Arsenal clearing straight back to the men in red.

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    Against the run of play, Arsenal are level. Thirteen minutes till the break and Liverpool pile forward once more.

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    GOAL Liverpool 1-1 Arsenal Van Persie header!!! Sagna finally gets space to deliver a delicious ball from the right-flank, Van Persie pulls off his marker too easily to head home unmarked from six yards.

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    Walcott now tries to attack for Arsenal, but marshalled by Jose Enrique.

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    Again Liverpool intercept an Arsenal pass and attack down the right. Always space down that flank at the moment.

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    Sagna tries twice to get a cross in from the right, but Downing is sticking to his man like glue. Throw-in only.

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    Suicidal defending from Arsenal today. So lucky that they have a goalkeeper of Szczesny's quality.

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    CHANCE Suarez hits the post. The defence goes missing giving Kuyt a great chance, saved by Szczesny. Suarez hits the rebound and it hits the post.

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    Incredible defending from Arsenal. No left-back and then a terrible attempted clearance. More of the same once more...

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    GOAL Liverpool 1-0 Arsenal Koscielny own-goal!!! Liverpool break down the right with Gibbs nowhere to be seen, Henderson crosses and Koscielny slices the ball past Szczesny.

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    Gibbs looks to get forward down the left, but is hounded off the ball by two defenders. Liverpool have been on top so far.

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    What athleticism to get off the ground and get to the other side to save. Szczesny makes sure justice is done. Big dive from Suarez.

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    SAVED Szczesny gets down low to his right to save Dirk Kuyt's penalty, then miraculously gets to the other side of the goal to save the rebound. Incredible!

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    PENALTY Suarez escapes his marker and dives over Szczesny's tackle

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    Once more Liverpool and Downing look to get down the left, but cleared by Sagna.

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    Downing is through after a superb through ball, but from nowhere comes Bacary Sagna to get a toe in and clear. Downing was about to pull the trigger from six yards.

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    Song is robbed in midfield, Suarez and Henderson break, but they mess up a 2-on-1 opportunity.

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    Liverpool waste a corner and the game continues...

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    Sagna down the other end has a left-footed swipe at goal from 30 yards and the ball slices off his boot for a throw-in.

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    Looks like Suarez is through on goal after Koscielny messes up a long-ball. Szczesny is quickly off his line to head clear and Downing fluffs his lines on a volleyed shot at goal.

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    The sun is out and Arsenal have a sustained spell of possession.

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    Danger for Liverpool. Theo Walcott gets behind the defence down the right and fired a shot at goal, parried by Reina.

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    Kuyt gets himself into a dangerous position, but once more offside is given.

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    Liverpool explore down the left-flank again after some slick passing, but Sagna deals with the threat of Downing.

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    Lots of long-balls so far. Both teams at it, with diagonal passes the order of the day

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    Liverpool seem to be targeting the space behind Sagna. Suarez given offside this time.

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    Suarez wins a corner. Fired in by Charlie Adam ad Martin Kelly heads over.

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    Liverpool look to attack down the left once more with Downing, but the England winger is given offside.

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    Straight away Liverpool push forward down the left and Vermaelen has to put the ball behind for a corner. Cleared by Song.

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    KICK OFF Arsenal get us under-way at a rainy Anfield

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    Arsenal Subs: Fabianski, Diaby, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jenkinson, Gervinho, Chamakh, Miquel.

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    Liverpool Subs: Doni, Carroll, Maxi, Coates, Shelvey, Flanagan, Bellamy.

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    Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Arteta, Song, Walcott, Rosicky, Benayoun, van Persie.

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    Liverpool: Reina, Kelly, Skrtel, Carragher, Jose Enrique, Spearing, Kuyt, Henderson, Adam, Downing, Suarez.

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    Five minutes till kick-off then, time for some full team-news.

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    Robin Van Persie has 23 league goals this campaign, but he has never scored at Anfield. Will that change today?

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    More stats for you. Liverpool undefeated in twelve at home, but Arsenal have won their last three, scoring at least two in each

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    The encounter at the Emirates earlier this season, which Liverpool won 2-0, was the first time this game had been won by more than a single goal since 2008. Expect a tight game.

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    Liverpool's side missing Stevie Gerrard: Reina, Kelly, Enrique, Skrtel, Carra, Spearing, Adam, Henderson, Downing, Kuyt, Suarez.

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    Some early team news. Arsenal keep it the same as their win over Spurs. Szczesny, Sagna, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Arteta, Song, Rosicky, Walcott, Van Persie, Benayoun.

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    The pressure is still on Arsene Wenger to succeed.

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    Join us at 1245 GMT to see if Arsenal can continue their rise in the battle for fourth over Carling Cup winners Liverpool.