Liverpool vs. Arsenal Review: 9 Things We Learned from Sunday's Match

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Liverpool vs. Arsenal Review: 9 Things We Learned from Sunday's Match

Arsenal had been held scoreless for the first 211 minutes of the Premier League season, a streak that comprised two-and-a-third matches during which the Gunners had fired blanks on 42 separate occasions.

And in a first half that saw them widely dominated by a surging Liverpool side for much of the first half-hour, save a good spell or two of extended possession, it didn't look like Arsene Wenger's side would break that duck anytime soon.

But then came a 31st-minute counter—a sequence of pure, incisive counterattacking fury. Thomas Vermaelen picked out a poor pass from Steven Gerrard in the final defensive third and sprung Santi Cazorla with a pass into space.

The Spaniard carried the ball well into the attacking third before picking a pass for Lukas Podolski, who was running along Cazorla's left side. Podolski collected the pass with a deadening touch and, oblivious to the onrushing Glen Johnson, fired a low shot across Pepe Reina and into the back of the net.

1-0, just like that.

It was the sort of play, actually, that had so often undone Arsenal's own extended periods of dominance in recent seasons. Then, we had lauded the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City for their ability to soak up the Gunners' possessions and hit them on the counter.

Today, we saw a reversed script that contributed to what has become six seasons now that Arsenal have obtained at least a point in their trip to the red end of Liverpool—that is a phenomenal run of form.

Cazorla would add his own name to the score sheet in the second half, enjoying a flipped script that saw Podolski turn provider.

In the end, it was a 2-0 victory that will have done Arsenal a world of good. They head into the international break with five points from three games—a very good return considering they've played two very tricky road fixtures during that spell.

Here are nine thoughts from the Anfield encounter.

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