February 04, (THEWILL) – Arsenal breathed new life into the English Premier League title race on Sunday, defeating Liverpool 3-1 at the Emirates to end a three-match winless run against their rivals. A Bukayo Saka opener had the Gunners ahead, only for Luis Diaz to stun the home crowd with an equaliser on the stroke of halftime.
However, calamitous errors allowed Arsenal to regain control in the second period. A communication breakdown between Virgil van Dijk and Alisson gave Gabriel Martinelli the chance to make it 2-1 before Konaté saw red late on to rub salt in Liverpool’s wounds. With the clock winding down, substitute Leandro Trossard added gloss to the scoreline with his first Arsenal goal.
The emphatic result blows the title race wide open, with only two points now separating the Reds at the summit from second-placed Arsenal. Manager Mikel Arteta was jubilant at full-time, with his side having issued a statement of intent as they seek a first league crown since 2004.
For Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp, it brought an end to an 11-match unbeaten run and surely signals a blip in their continued hopes for an unprecedented quadruple. With both clubs desperate to end lengthy droughts, this explosive derby suggests there could still be a last twist in the tale this season.
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