Full-time - 90'
1 - 1
15:00 +00:00, August 15, 2010
Referee: Martin Atkinson
Full time and an entertaining second half. Arsenal were poor but they've got out of jail after an error from Pepe Reina. Both teams will probably be happy with a point when the dust has settled.
Koscielny gets a second yellow for handball, and that is very harsh.
Walcott scampers down the right and crosses, but Vermaelen manages to head it backwards.
Arsenal break from the corner but Chamakh can't collect Arshavin's ball forward.
Gerrard blasts the free kick goalwards and Almunia palms it clear.
Koscielny's control lets him down, Kuyt nips in and the defender gets a yellow card. Liverpool free kick 30 yards out.
Five minutes of added time as a scramble breaks out in Arsenal's goalmouth. Liverpool corner.
GOAL Arsenal equalise! Rosicky crosses, Chamakh bumps into Reina and as the ball comes off the post the 'keeper inadvertently chucks it into the net! Disaster for Reina.
Vermaelen nods wide from an Arsenal corner but the whistle had gone for a foul on Reina.
An almighty scramble in the six yard box as Nasri meets a cross at the back post. Skrtel eventually clears as Walcott desperately tried to stab the ball home.
The best bit of football from Arsenal as Rosicky gets the ball from Van Persie and shoots but Reina makes a first class save.
Rosicky is booked for clattering Gerrard, when perhaps it should be the Liverpool captain getting his second. Both are alright to continue after a meaty collision.
Agger is still off the field and looks very groggy. He's preparing to come back on it looks like but I don't think he's too chuffed at the prospect.
Torres turns Koscielny and goes down under a tug but Martin Atkinson denies him a penalty. It would have been a soft award.
Sagan turns in an awful ball and Arsenal are running out of time and ideas. They've been seriously poor today.
Agger is down and staggering off. He got a whack in the face about ten minutes ago and looks a little concussed. Liverpool down to nine men.
Walcott and Rosicky work a nice situation but the former shoots from a tight angle when he should have crossed.
Arsenal win the corner as Agger clears a through ball.
Lucas is coming on for Mascherano, who looks like he's tweaked something.
Van Persie looks to slide in Chamakh but Carragher is there. This will be backs to the wall for Liverpool you feel, as Torres tests Koscielny for pace.
Diaby makes way for Van Persie. Wenger's final throw of the dice.
And in response, Wenger now readies Robin van Persie.
David Ngog goes off for Torres, who gets a noisy reception.
Walcott fires one goalwards and Reina is forced into a smart save. From the corner Koscielny can't connect with Vermaelen's flick.
Walcott and Nasri over the free kick.
A yellow for Gerrard after a lunge on Chamakh. Free kick 25 yards out and central.
Torres is being primed as the Kop erupts.
Ngog looks confused as the ball lands at his feet, he must have thought he was offside. Arsenal break and Nasri's shot is blocked by Skrtel.
Rosicky makes space for a decent cross and Vermaelen heads wide from eight yards out. Should have done much better.
Terrior like work from Mascherano, who won't let up on Diaby. Liverpool win possession, and at the moment, they look like they want it far more.
Kuyt nutmegs Clichy and rolls the ball across the face of goal but no-one in a red shirt is advanced enough to tap home. An embarrassing moment for the Arsenal left back.
Maxi Rodriguez is coming on for Jovanovic.
Ngog chases a long ball but inadvertently uses his hand to nick the ball away from Clichy. The ref spotted it.
Chamakh lays off to Arshavin, who slips, much to the delight of the home support.
Diaby turns in a terrible ball that everyone watches run out of play.
Walcott's first involvement is to win a corner.
Walcott and Rosicky come on for Eboue and Wilshere.
Nasri's corner comes out to Wilshere but his effort is weak.
Nice football from Arsenal on the edge of the box and Nasri wins a corner after his shot is deflected.
Wilshere clips two crosses into the area but they are dealt with comfortably by Liverpool.
Looks like Walcott and Rosicky might be coming on.
Gerrard's delivery finds Ngog and he should really have made it 2-0.
Johnson very nearly works space for a shot after a lovely move to beat two players. Now Ngog wins the free kick. Arsenal are rocking here, and they've got the extra man.
Arsenal clear their lines properly this time after Jovanovic fails in a diving attempt to make contact with a high ball.
Arsenal are penned in here as the corner goes deep to Jovanovic, before Diaby nods behind his cross for another corner.
Johnson's persistence wins him a corner.
Eboue slams a cross right at Reina, who holds firm.
Gerrard delivers and Skrtel gets there before Almunia but can't direct his header on target. Dodgy keeper.
CLichy is penalised for a bump on Kuyt and Liverpool have a free kick wide right.
What a start to the half for Liverpool. They've something to hold onto now and Arsenal have to push on.
GOAL Ngog smashes one into the roof of the net! A decent ball from MAscherano, Ngog turns away from Vermaelen and lashes one past Almunia.
We begin again and I'm pleased to report that Koscielny is back out too. On reflection, it was a definite red.
A nightmare debut for Joe Cole then, and that has given Arsenal a great chance here. Koscielny is being loaded onto a stretcher as the half comes to a close.
Cole is sent off for a lunge on Koscielny. It was poor, it was late but I'm not entirely sure that should have been red.
Ngog meets the corner and Clichy clears on the line before hacking clear.
Finally some action! A nice move down the right from Liverpool, as he cuts inside and forces ALmunia into a tip over the bar. Corner.
Wilshere runs into trouble as Agger hoofs the ball upfield.
Vermaelen outruns Ngog to prevent a corner.
Wilshere loses control, then piles into Mascherano and gets the game's first yellow card.
Nice sidestep from Wilshere, who finds Chamakh but then Eboue wastes a good chance to cross.
Mascherano nearly gets Liverpool into trouble as he slides in to block a Clichy clearance. Luckily, no yellow shirt was near.
A first real sight of goal for Liverpool, as a long ball finds Jovanovic onside but he was at an angle and shanks his shot into the crowd. Poor.
Nasri is the main man for Arsenal at the moment, while Liverpool can't get Joe Cole into the game.
Now Kuyt is flagged offside. It was marginal.
Great piece of control from Nasri but his ball asks far too much from Chamakh.
Cole is robbed of possession by Diaby but wins the free kick.
The best thing about this game so far is the weather.
The secvond one is far better and causes Almunia to flap, but no-one can profit from it.
Gerrard's corner is poor but Eboue concedes another.
Cole tries a shot but Koscielny blocks and Liverpool have a corner.
Clichy charges forward and has a pop on goal but it was always rising.
Agger tricks Eboue but then turns in a very poor cross. Gerrard gets an ovation as he chases back to win the ball off Nasri.
Nasri's free kick clatters into the wall. Terrible.
A cross falls free in the area and as Chamakh goes for it he feigns a tug from Carragher, then Arshavin buys a free kick off Mascherano. A good spell for Arsenal.
Some sloppy passing from Arsenal is matched by Liverpool before Skrtel clears from the feet of Chamakh.
A neat touch from Cole releases Ngog but his cross is poor and Arsenal break clear.
Vermaelen nods over from the centre and Liverpool have a goal kick. The game needs a goal to open things up.
A good ball in from Diaby is nodded behind by Johnson. Corner.
Two poor efforts for the price of one from the free kick as Nasri's shot hits the wall before Vermaelen fires wide.
Arsenal pour forward and Eboue very nearly gets a sight of goal from ten yards out, then Gerrard clatters Eboue and is lucky not to be carded.
Now Arsenal go long but Sagna heads back to Almunia.
A superb cross from Johnson as he volleys the ball into the area but Koscielny nods clear.
Unusually for Arsenal, they have gone long looking for Chamakh quite often, though he isn't having much luck up against Skrtel and Carragher.
Nasri limped off for treatment a moment ago but he's back on now as Ngog chalks up another offside flag.
Decent move from Liverpool as Gerrard finds Kuyt, who touches off to Johnson but his cross is behind Cole and in front of Jovanovic.
Arshavin goes for a one-two with Nasri but Carragher whacks clear. The game is threatening to burst into life...
Ngog is caught offside again as Gerrard floats a ball over Arsenal's back line.
Gerrard snaps in quickly on Wilshere. England colleagues in midweek going head to head.
Agger is late on Eboue and gives away a free kick. No card though.
A neat touch from Cole as Liverpool look to play their way upfield. Ngog is then flagged offside.
Gerrard loses possession before Carragher's wild hack from a ball over the top goes high in the air before Renia catches. An odd one.
Mascherano gives away niggly foul shock, but as Arsenal lose possession Jovanovic shows good strength to shrug off Sagna but Kuyt's eventual cross is right at the 'keeper.
Kuyt tries to cross but Vermaelen gets a block on it, and Almunia comes out to scoop up the loose ball.
From the corner Vermaelen goes down as the ball bounces loose but Gerrard mops up.
From an Arsenal free kick Vermaelen smashes one goalwards and Renia is forced into a flying save. That was swerving viciously.
Gerrard looks lively early on, as he buzzes around the midfield. No fluency from either side so far.
Ngog flicks on for Joe Cole but he is crowded out by Diaby.
A choppy start from both sides with possession swapping hands regularly. Wilshere gets stuck into Jovanovic and gives away a free kick.
There's absolutely no reason why this shouldn't be a cracker. Arsenal will employ their usual silky style while Liverpool should be slightly more free in spirit under their new gaffer. The teams are in the tunnel, and we're not far from the off..
The sun is out and Anfield looks resplendent. Both sets of fans look like they have that puffy optimism that emerges prior to the big kick off. Arsenal are boosted by the news that Cesc Fabregas is staying, while Liverpool have finally shed Rafa and Roy Hodgson's reign is about to begin.
Arsenal: Almunia, Clichy, Vermaelen, Koscielny, Diaby, Nasri, Eboue, Sagna, Wilshere, Arshavin, Chamakh. Subs: Fabianski, Rosicky, van Persie, Vela, Walcott, Song, Gibbs.
Without further ado, here are the teams, starting with Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Carragher, Agger, Skrtel, Gerrard, Jovanovic, Mascherano, Kuyt, Cole, Ngog. Subs: Cavalieri, Aurelio, Torres, Maxi, Babel, Lucas, Kelly.
Afternoon all and welcome to live coverage of Liverpool versus Arsenal from Anfield, a mouthwatering fixture on this opening weekend of the Premier League season.
Robin Van Persie
Robin Van Persie