Arsenal Draws Against Liverpool: Arteta Admits ‘Magic’ from Ramsdale Saved Tie
In their quest for the Premier League title, Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal threw away a 2-0 lead at Liverpool and settled for a 2-2 draw. Aaron Ramsdale’s heroic goalkeeping skills, however, saved his team from an even worse outcome at Anfield. Ramsdale’s stunning saves on Salah and Ibrahima Konate during stoppage time were crucial for Arsenal to retain the lead.
The tie moved Arsenal six points ahead of Manchester City, but with a game in hand and a home clash with Arsenal still to come this season, Pep Guardiola’s team could win their remaining nine league games to retain the title.
Arteta said Arsenal suffered at Anfield due to the backing of home supporters and their ability to raise the bar when playing against leading sides. While it is disappointing to concede a goal at the end, Liverpool had four big chances and could have scored a penalty, he pointed out.
Arsenal lost midfield control at the start of the second half, and the match became very chaotic. Liverpool could have scored three or four goals. However, Arsenal could have also scored two or three.
Despite drawing the tie, Arteta praised Liverpool, acknowledging that they are an exceptional team. In addition, he emphasized the need for goalkeepers to make magic moments in title races.
Playing against Liverpool at Anfield proved challenging for Arsenal, Arteta said since they dominated their previous games. They have beaten every big team here, played Real Madrid but could have been four up after 20 minutes before losing 5-2. Liverpool is a great team that can raise their performance to even unmatchable levels. Arsenal would have lost the game if not for Ramsdale’s magic. “We started well, lost control, but we take the point and move on,” he said.
The match had many big defensive moments for Arsenal, and Arteta noted that every game is a test for them. The tie is a learning experience for his team and everyone else that Arsenal plays against, he added.
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