Arsenal moved up to second on the table and tightened their grip on a place in the Premier League’s top four while inflicting damage on Liverpool’s Champions League aspirations with a convincing 4-1 victory at Emirates Stadium yesterday.
The pre-match talk was centered on Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling over comments he made to BBC in an interview and also his future at the Mersey side club. However, it was the Gunners who set the platform for a vital three points with a devastating burst of three goals in the last eight minutes of the first half from Hector Bellerin, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez.
Although Raheem Sterling battled hard from the top of Liverpool’s attack, his efforts that won a penalty converted by Jordan Henderson to pull one back were not enough.
Liverpool were without captain Steven Gerrard and Martin Skrtel, who were serving three-match suspensions for stamping in last month’s match against Manchester United, but In reality Liverpool were taken to school by an unforgiving and fluid Arsenal side hungry for a top four finish as Emre Can was sent off for two bookable offences before Olivier Giroud delivered the final blow with a spectacular fourth for Arsenal in the closing seconds.
Whereas Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will feel a place in next season’s Champions League is now within his grasp, Liverpool’s hopes are fading as they followed up the 2-1 home defeat by Manchester United by being convincingly outplayed.
The win now puts Arsenal nine points ahead of Liverpool with seven games left, while manager Brendan Rodgers’ side also trail Manchester United by eight points after the Old Tr afford side registered a convincing 3-1 against Aston Villa at home.
Manchester United continued their recovery under new manager Luis Van Gaal with a convincing 3-1 win at home with Captain Wayne Rooney scoring a spectacular goal to add onto Ander Herrera’s double that moved them to third ahead of local rivals Manchester City who play on Monday.
Title favorites and table leaders Chelsea moved a step closer to the title with a hard fought 2-1 win over stock city at Stamford Bridge in a match where Charlie Adam scored a 60-yard goal that stun everyone.