Arsenal 2-1 Liverpool: 5 Things Learned from the North/South Rivalry

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Arsenal 2-1 Liverpool: 5 Things Learned from the North/South Rivalry
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Arsenal upended Liverpool at Anfield 2-1 with a late goal from in-form striker Robin van Persie. Liverpool dominated the run of play, but it was the Gunners that made the most of their chances to move three points clear of Chelsea for fourth place in the league.

Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny was in top form early, on as he kept out a Dirk Kuyt penalty as well as the rebound attempt in the 19th minute.

However, he was unable to keep out Laurent Koscielny’s misplaced clearance four minutes later. Liverpool were on the break, and a low cross by Jordan Henderson should have been dealt with easily by the French defender. Instead he lost concentration in the last moment and directed it into his own net.

Fifteen minutes from the break, Golden Boot favorite Robin van Persie tied it up for the visitors. Against the run of play, a seemingly simple cross into the box by Bacary Sagna found van Persie, who was able to shake off Jamie Carragher to head it home from four yards out.

The teams emerged from the break with not much changing. Liverpool still dominated play but squandered chance after chance to pull ahead.

A good save by Pepe Reina halfway through the second kept the score level, and more brilliance out of Szczesny was needed to give Arsenal hope.

Arsenal would capture the victory three minutes into stoppage time, as van Persie would find the net for the second time in the 93rd minute.

Liverpool are all but mathematically eliminated from Champions League contention, as they now sit 10 points back of Arsenal for the final spot.

Here are five things we learned from the match.

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