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"Victory goes to the player who makes the next-to-last mistake - Chessmaster Savielly Grigorievitch Tartakower (1887-1956)"

Sunday, December 24, 2023

Liverpool 1 - 1 Arsenal…

It was an exciting, thrilling and at times nerve-wracking game on Merseyside last night. Arsenal certainly brought their A-game. But then so did Liverpool.   

So perhaps it was a fair result in the end.   

Arsenal delivered the perfect start when defender Gabriel headed home from Martin Odegaard's free-kick after only four minutes.  However, Liverpool regrouped and were level after 29 minutes when Mohamed Salah thrashed a finish high past Gunners keeper David Raya at his near post after collecting Trent Alexander-Arnold's raking pass.   

The Scousers were perhaps a bit puzzled as to how a clear handball by Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard in the first half was missed by the officials and VAR. But, what can I say…  tough luck! 😅  

For me man of the match was Declan Rice. The midfielder's game awareness was peerless, cleaning up danger, picking passes and acting as a constant source of guidance to his team-mates throughout. Rice barely wasted the ball and his presence acted as a source of calm, ideal on the occasions when the storm raged.  

William Saliba took the honours along with him for a magnificent performance in defence but this was no rearguard action by Arsenal, whose clear intent was to win this game and they had it under control until Salah's equaliser. Yes, they had to suffer but this was not a timid performance. Arsenal were brave and willing to attack when the chance presented itself.  

Onwards and upwards. 

Well, I say “upwards”. We’re top of the league, my friends. Top. Of. The. League.   


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