Saturday, 3 March 2012

Robin Van Persie guns down Liverpool

Robin Van Persie- 2 chances, 2 goals. Arsenal emerged winners in their Premier League clash at Anfield with a scoreline of 2-1 thanks to Robin Van Persie's magnificent striker's instincts.

Van Persie-  Man of the match

Arsenal's victory on Merseyside means they are now just four points behind third-placed Tottenham Hotspur, who are hosting Champions Manchester United later today. Liverpool at the meantime, are 10 points adrift fourth place (crucial Champions League spot)

The first half of the match saw Liverpool getting a penalty in the 18th minute. Arsenal's Szczesny came to the rescue with a sublime double save to deny Liverpool from taking the lead. However, minutes later Szczesny could do nothing when Koscielny take a swipe and scored a wonderful own goal for Liverpool. 1-0 Liverpool. Liverpool was almost 2 up when Suarez effort struck the woodwork yet again. This was Liverpool's 21st time striking the woodwork. 

On the 31st minute, Bacary Sagna curled in an inviting cross and Jamie Carragher who was in for the injured Daniel Agger  looked poor as he allowed Van Persie to steal in for his first ever Premier League goal at Anfield. 

Van Persie's first goal to level the game at 1-1
Soon after the restart, an innocuous collision with Henderson left Mikel Arteta concussed and had to be stretchered off after an innocuous collision with Henderson,  Abou Diaby replacing Arteta for his first appearance since November.

Again, Liverpool kept probing and searching for the winning goal. Nonetheless, the Reds were made to pay for their profligacy when, two minutes into added time, Alex Song's floated ball over the top was met by a superb left-footed volley from Van Persie for his 31st Arsenal goal of the season. Reina had no chance. Liverpool quest to book a place in Champions League football seem all but over now. Arsenal at the meantime remains on track to book the vital Champions League spot.

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