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(VIDEO) Enough of the lies, the proof that Arsenal won thanks to Taylor's errors

By Charles Cornwall

(VIDEO) Enough of the lies, the proof that Arsenal won thanks to Taylor's errors

Second-placed Arsenal shook up the title battle with a 3-1 win over leaders Liverpool

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Second-placed Arsenal shook up the title battle with a 3-1 win over leaders Liverpool, who suffered their second defeat of the season, on Sunday in the 23rd Premier League matchday. The Reds remain top of the table on 51 points, but Arsenal are two points behind. Their win could also benefit Manchester City, third on 46 points, who have two games in hand, against Brentford on Monday and the same team on 20 February.

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In front of their home crowd the Gunners struck a power blow a month and a half after drawing 1-1 with Liverpool at Anfield two days before Christmas. Without their first-choice strikers, Gabriel Jesus for the home side and Mohamed Salah for the visitors, both injured, Arsenal were more accurate against a Liverpool side who paid for their defensive errors.

Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard found a gap in the defence and passed the ball to Kai Havertz, who failed to beat Alisson Becker, but Bukayo Saka was alert to open the scoring (14th minute). In the second half Liverpool's Brazilian goalkeeper failed to get the ball away from compatriot Gabriel Martinelli, who despite the presence of Virgil van Dijk was able to score (67th).

Liverpool had equalised earlier. Luis Díaz shot and the ball went in off the right arm of Gabriel, who scored an own goal (45+3). The dismissal of Liverpool centre-back Ibrahima Konaté allowed Belgium's Leandro Trossard to make it 3-1 with a shot between Alisson's legs (90+2) to seal the game and leave the three points at the Emirates Stadium.

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Anthony Taylor's failings

Apart from the fact that Liverpool did not have a good game, it is worth pointing out the bad decisions of referee Anthony Taylor, especially in the goal where Alisson collided with Van Dijk, in a play that after several replays it could be seen that there was a foul by Gabriel Martinelli.

LFC Songs 🔴🎶 en X: "Isn't Martinelli actually quite clever here? Rather than it JUST being a defensive mess (it still is). Swear he manages to push Van Dijk into the path where Alisson is about to kick... https://t.co/kHpSh7C6Kx" / X (twitter.com)


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