- Arsenal vs Liverpool

Saturday 2 November 2013 | Emirates Stadium | Referee: Martin Atkinson | Attendance 60,042

Arsenal
  • Santiago Cazorla (19)
  • Aaron Ramsey (59)
Arsenal
2 - 0
Liverpool
Liverpool

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Arsenal moved five points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League table with a comfortable 2-0 win over Liverpool on Saturday.

Arsene Wenger's men had gone into the game on the back of a League Cup defeat to Chelsea, but they bounced back to open up a healthy advantage over the chasing pack in the Premier League following their London rivals' 2-0 loss at Newcastle United earlier in the day.

Arsenal made no mistake in underlining their title credentials at Emirates Stadium, as they produced a dominant performance to secure victory.

Santi Cazorla opened the scoring as he pounced on a rebound after heading Bacary Sagna's right-wing cross against the post following a fine counter-attack from the hosts.

Liverpool had spells of pressure at various points in the match, but Arsenal killed things off after 59 minutes when Aaron Ramsey collected a square pass from Mesut Ozil on the edge of the area before unleashing a magnificent volley to all but the end the game as a contest.

Jack Wilshere was left out of the Arsenal starting XI due to an ankle problem, while Tomas Rosicky came in for the injured Mathieu Flamini.

Brendan Rodgers made just one change to the Liverpool side that beat West Bromwich Albion 4-1 in their previous Premier League clash as Jon Flanagan replaced Glen Johnson to make his first start of the season at wing-back.

Arsenal created the first chance after five minutes, Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet producing a good save to deny midfielder Rosicky from close range following neat build-up play from the hosts.

Liverpool dictated possession for much of the early stages, but it was Arsenal who went ahead 19 minutes in as Cazorla showed great reactions to fire past Mignolet after initially hitting the woodwork.

Wenger's men looked to press home their superiority following the goal, Cazorla's long-range drive forcing another strong stop from Mignolet, who was called into action again to prevent Ramsey from doubling their advantage soon afterwards.

Cazorla was at the centre of the majority of Arsenal’s attacks, and the Spain international passed up another opportunity to increase the lead when he dragged a shot wide of the right-hand post just before half-time.

Liverpool went close to levelling in the early stages of the second half as midfielder Jordan Henderson fired narrowly over the crossbar following good work down the right from Luis Suarez.

But the visitors were fortunate not to concede a second as Olivier Giroud somehow shot wide after a mistake from Kolo Toure had allowed the France international striker to race through on goal.

Rodgers' men did not learn from that let off, though, and they were duly punished a few minutes later, Ramsey shooting past a helpless Mignolet with a sublime volley.

Liverpool threatened an unlikely comeback in the closing stages, Suarez twice spurning opportunities and Wojciech Szczesny denying substitute Philippe Coutinho, but Arsenal saw out a deserved victory.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger: "It's positive and nice [to be five points clear], but it's very early in the season. It's good for the confidence of the team and for the ambition as well.

"It was a convincing win against a good team which is what we wanted. We responded well to losing in midweek. We got a good goal and after that I felt we had many opportunities, Ramsey scored a stunning goal.

"I felt we had very convincing defensive performance against top strikers, we kept them quiet; great credit for our defence."

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers: "I think what we can see is that my players have been brilliant in this opening period. I think we're going to be in with a shout. We'll be in with a fighting chance of that top four and that's what we're aiming to do.

"I thought that the best team won, they had a greater control of the game. We still had chances. Their mobility and passing was better than ours; we could have done better with the two goals.

"We're disappointed, we never pressed the ball well enough, we were never tight enough. We kept going all night, the players have been brilliant in their application of the game. We created chances but just couldn't put the ball in the net."

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Line-up All Fans BFR
1. Wojciech Szczesny 7.65 6.33
4. Per Mertesacker 6.95 6.38
3. Bacary Sagna 7.13 6.12
6. Laurent Koscielny 7.25 6.07
28. Kieran Gibbs 6.87 6.16
7. Tomas Rosicky 7.25 6.2
16. Aaron Ramsey 8.53 7.67
19. Santiago Cazorla 8.37 6.72
11. Mesut Özil 7.4 7.45
8. Mikel Arteta 7.41 6.02
12. Olivier Giroud 7.19 7.03
Substitutes All Fans BFR
37. Chuba Akpom 6.33 6.51
23. Nicklas Bendtner 6.81 5.74
25. Carl Jenkinson 6.07 5.74
17. Nacho Monreal 6.66 5.4
5. Thomas Vermaelen 6.5 5.39
45. Isaac Hayden 5.93 4.12
21. Lukasz Fabianski 5.87 4.93
Line-up All Fans BFR
22. Simon Mignolet 5.17 7.39
37. Martin Skrtel 4.6 6.77
17. Mamadou Sakho 4.75 6.47
4. Kolo Touré 4.28 6.51
38. Jon Flanagan 4.2 6.69
8. Steven Gerrard 4.98 7.46
20. Aly Cissokho 4.48 5.73
21. Lucas Leiva 4.28 6.43
14. Jordan Henderson 4.51 6.75
7. Luis Suárez 6.08 8.5
15. Daniel Sturridge 5.61 8.11
Substitutes All Fans BFR
10. Philippe Coutinho 5.38 7.53
5. Daniel Agger 3.77 6.54
34. Martin Kelly 3.64 5.39
31. Raheem Sterling 4.08 7.05
1. Bradley Jones 6.09 4.89
24. Joe Allen 4.0 6.13
12. Victor Moses 4.33 5.88

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