Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta expressed his disappointment after the Gunners squandered a 2-0 lead against Liverpool, leading to a 2-2 draw which felt like two points dropped. Gabriel Martinelli and Gabriel Jesus had put Arsenal ahead within the first half-hour, but Mohamed Salah’s goal reduced the deficit for Liverpool. Despite his side missing an early second-half penalty, Roberto Firmino managed to score the late equalizer.
The Premier League leaders’ advantage is now just six points over Manchester City after playing a game more.
Arteta said, “When you concede at the end it’s always two points dropped because you have it and you’re suffering in certain moments. The feeling is ‘Ah, we should have done it’. But being fair to ourselves, they had four big chances that they could have scored and the penalty. We have to look at ourselves in the mirror and we should have done better in the second half.”
Arsenal dominated the match until Granit Xhaka’s off-the-ball clash with Trent Alexander-Arnold late in the first half, which intensified the atmosphere and turned the momentum in the hosts’ favor for most of the second half. After a good week, which started with a defeat at Manchester City and followed by a disappointing draw at Chelsea, it ended on a positive note for Liverpool.
Boss Jurgen Klopp said, “It was a great reaction from our team. The question I had after the game was how did we not win the game. We looked better, more ready to fight back, and second half we deserved at least a point.”
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