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  • Date:03 Mar 2012
  • Kick-off:12:45
  • Venue:Anfield
  • Attendance:44,922
  • Laurent Koscielny - og (22)
  • van Persie (30)
    van Persie (90)
Goal!

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97mins

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.

95mins

The assistant referee signals for offside against Theo Walcott. Jose Reina takes the indirect free kick.

94mins

Kieran Gibbs takes a shot. Jose Reina makes a comfortable save.

93mins

Jay Spearing leaves the field to be replaced by Andy Carroll.

92mins

Robin van Persie scores a goal from inside the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Liverpool 1-2 Arsenal.The assist for the goal came from Alex Song.

91mins

Martin Kelly challenges Kieran Gibbs unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.

91mins

The ball is crossed by Charlie Adam, Thomas Vermaelen makes a clearance.

89mins

The referee blows for offside. Wojciech Szczesny restarts play with the free kick.

88mins

Craig Bellamy is brought on as a substitute for Stewart Downing.

88mins

Theo Walcott delivers the ball, clearance by Martin Skrtel.

86mins

The official flags Dirk Kuyt offside. Wojciech Szczesny takes the free kick.

85mins

The ball is sent over by Bacary Sagna, clearance made by Jay Spearing.

83mins

Unfair challenge on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain by Jordan Henderson results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Kieran Gibbs.

83mins

Stewart Downing takes a outswinging corner to the near post, Robin van Persie manages to make a clearance.

82mins

Charlie Adam takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Alex Song.

82mins

Sanchez Jose Enrique crosses the ball, Kieran Gibbs manages to make a clearance.

82mins

The ball is delivered by Jordan Henderson, clearance by Laurent Koscielny.

80mins

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on for Vassiriki Diaby.

79mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luis Suarez by Laurent Koscielny. Sanchez Jose Enrique takes the free kick.

79mins

A cross is delivered by Tomas Rosicky, Theo Walcott takes a shot. Save made by Jose Reina.

77mins

Stewart Downing produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.

77mins

The ball is delivered by Jordan Henderson, clearance made by Laurent Koscielny.

76mins

Dirk Kuyt challenges Kieran Gibbs unfairly and gives away a free kick. Wojciech Szczesny takes the direct free kick.

75mins

The ball is delivered by Dirk Kuyt, clearance by Laurent Koscielny.

75mins

Stewart Downing crosses the ball, save by Wojciech Szczesny.

73mins

Luis Suarez challenges Vassiriki Diaby unfairly and gives away a free kick. Yossi Benayoun goes off and Yao Gervinho comes on. Wojciech Szczesny takes the direct free kick.

71mins

Theo Walcott takes a shot from 12 yards. Jose Reina makes a brilliant save.

71mins

Dirk Kuyt is caught offside. Wojciech Szczesny takes the indirect free kick.

69mins

A cross is delivered by Dirk Kuyt, Martin Kelly produces a right-footed shot from close range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

69mins

Jordan Henderson crosses the ball, Laurent Koscielny manages to make a clearance.

69mins

Stewart Downing takes the outswinging corner, Robin van Persie makes a clearance.

69mins

Centre by Charlie Adam, save by Wojciech Szczesny.

68mins

Alex Song challenges Stewart Downing unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Charlie Adam from right wing, clearance by Robin van Persie.

68mins

The ball is crossed by Charlie Adam.

66mins

Tomas Rosicky delivers the ball, clearance made by Jordan Henderson.

65mins

Charlie Adam challenges Yossi Benayoun unfairly and gives away a free kick. Alex Song restarts play with the free kick.

64mins

The ball is sent over by Stewart Downing, Laurent Koscielny manages to make a clearance.

63mins

Thomas Vermaelen gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luis Suarez. Thomas Vermaelen is booked. Direct free kick taken by Jamie Carragher.

61mins

Jay Spearing takes a shot. Brilliant save by Wojciech Szczesny.

60mins

Outswinging corner taken by Stewart Downing from the left by-line.

59mins

Theo Walcott produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.

57mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Laurent Koscielny on Luis Suarez. Sanchez Jose Enrique takes the direct free kick.

54mins

A cross is delivered by Martin Kelly, blocked by Kieran Gibbs.

53mins

Drilled left-footed shot by Vassiriki Diaby. Comfortable save by Jose Reina.

47mins

Charlie Adam concedes a free kick for a foul on Alex Song. Vassiriki Diaby is brought on as a substitute for Mikel Arteta. Thomas Vermaelen takes the direct free kick.

47mins

Charlie Adam delivers the ball, Shot by Dirk Kuyt from inside the box hits the post.

46mins

Jordan Henderson crosses the ball, save made by Wojciech Szczesny.

46mins

Shot by Luis Suarez from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

44mins

Jordan Henderson sends in a cross, clearance made by Thomas Vermaelen.

43mins

The ball is sent over by Theo Walcott.

42mins

Sanchez Jose Enrique challenges Theo Walcott unfairly and gives away a free kick. Bacary Sagna takes the direct free kick.

41mins

Centre by Martin Kelly, Laurent Koscielny manages to make a clearance.

40mins

Stewart Downing takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Header from close range by Martin Skrtel clears the bar.

39mins

Shot by Luis Suarez. Wojciech Szczesny makes a fantastic save.

39mins

The ball is delivered by Stewart Downing, Kieran Gibbs makes a clearance.

39mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Alex Song on Stewart Downing. Direct free kick taken by Sanchez Jose Enrique.

36mins

Mikel Arteta fouled by Luis Suarez, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Laurent Koscielny.

35mins

Tomas Rosicky concedes a free kick for a foul on Jay Spearing. Jamie Carragher takes the direct free kick.

34mins

The ball is crossed by Martin Kelly.

33mins

The ball is sent over by Stewart Downing, Laurent Koscielny manages to make a clearance.

33mins

Corner taken by Charlie Adam from the right by-line, Kieran Gibbs makes a clearance.

32mins

Corner taken left-footed by Charlie Adam from the right by-line, clearance by Bacary Sagna.

31mins

Bacary Sagna produces a cross, Robin van Persie scores a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Liverpool 1-1 Arsenal.Assist by Bacary Sagna.

28mins

Dirk Kuyt concedes a free kick for a foul on Bacary Sagna. Mikel Arteta takes the free kick.

25mins

Luis Suarez has an effort at goal from deep inside the area striking the post.

25mins

Shot from 18 yards by Jordan Henderson. Wojciech Szczesny makes a fantastic save.

23mins

Jordan Henderson produces a cross, Laurent Koscielny puts the ball into his own goal. Liverpool 1-0 Arsenal.The assist for the goal came from Jordan Henderson.

20mins

Wojciech Szczesny fouled by Luis Suarez, the ref awards a free kick. Wojciech Szczesny restarts play with the free kick.

19mins

Corner taken left-footed by Stewart Downing, fantastic save by Wojciech Szczesny.

19mins

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Charlie Adam, Thomas Vermaelen makes a clearance.

19mins

Shot by Dirk Kuyt. Save made by Wojciech Szczesny.

18mins

Wojciech Szczesny gives away a Penalty for an unfair challenge on Luis Suarez. A brilliant save by Wojciech Szczesny from penalty by Dirk Kuyt. Liverpool 0-0 Arsenal.

16mins

The ball is delivered by Martin Kelly, save by Wojciech Szczesny.

15mins

Unfair challenge on Luis Suarez by Kieran Gibbs results in a free kick. Jay Spearing restarts play with the free kick.

15mins

Kieran Gibbs delivers the ball, clearance made by Martin Skrtel.

14mins

A cross is delivered by Sanchez Jose Enrique, Wojciech Szczesny makes a save.

13mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Charlie Adam on Alex Song. Bacary Sagna restarts play with the free kick.

12mins

Corner taken left-footed by Charlie Adam to the near post.

11mins

Foul by Kieran Gibbs on Luis Suarez, free kick awarded. Jamie Carragher takes the free kick.

11mins

Bacary Sagna takes a shot from 20 yards.

10mins

Dirk Kuyt takes a shot from a long way out which goes wide of the right-hand post.

8mins

Effort from 18 yards by Theo Walcott. Save made by Jose Reina.

6mins

The ball is delivered by Mikel Arteta, save by Jose Reina.

4mins

The offside flag is raised against Luis Suarez. Bacary Sagna restarts play with the free kick.

3mins

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Charlie Adam, Headed effort from close range by Martin Kelly goes wide left of the goal.

2mins

The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.

1mins

Corner taken left-footed by Charlie Adam, Thomas Vermaelen makes a clearance.

Match Preview

Liverpool to move forward after Carling Cup victory Liverpool's Carling Cup triumph must be consigned to the trophy cabinet as the players prepare to "sacrifice" themselves for the club again, manager Kenny Dalglish said. A first piece of silverware in six years was secured at Wembley after a physically draining Carling Cup penalty shoot-out win over Cardiff. But the players barely had chance to celebrate as they raced off to join their international teams for the various midweek friendlies taking place around the world. When they returned to the club's Melwood training ground on Thursday it was made clear to the squad the time for enjoying that victory had passed. With fourth-placed Arsenal visiting Anfield on Saturday, Dalglish wants his players switched on and fully focused on a match which could have a significant bearing on their aspirations for Champions League qualification. "What happened last Sunday I think they fully deserved it - on the day and in their performances in the competition," said the Scot. "The boys have been away for international matches but I am sure they have enjoyed the success they have had and they will put it behind them and get themselves focused for the match on Saturday, which will be really difficult. "We don't want to sound as if they shouldn't have enjoyed themselves - I hope they have because we have - but we've had the enjoyment and now it is back to work. "We know the hard work which was involved in getting to Wembley. The players were prepared to sacrifice themselves for the benefit of the club and we just need more of that. "We will now go for whatever we can in every game. It is nice to be in the Europa League but it is even nicer if we can progress and build on what we did last Sunday. "I am sure it has whetted their appetite. Our season is not finished because we won the Carling Cup." Dalglish is awaiting an update on captain Steven Gerrard's fitness. The midfielder injured a hamstring in England's friendly defeat against Holland on Wednesday while defender Glen Johnson is expected to be fit after pulling out of the national squad on Monday as a precaution. Centre-back Daniel Agger is likely to miss the next couple of weeks with a cracked rib, meaning Jamie Carragher is likely to get a recall. Arsenal could put further distance between themselves and Liverpool with victory as well as close up on Spurs, who host Manchester United on Sunday. Despite not having lost at home in the league, the Reds have drawn eight times. Manager Arsene Wenger said: "You never go to Liverpool and think you have an easy game in front of you. Let's not forget Liverpool won 18 championships so of course that is still in the history and the minds of every single person in England. "But things have levelled out now and everybody can take points everywhere. You see that with the results in the Premier League. "Every point we can take now is vital until the end of the season." Arsenal have injury concerns over captain Robin van Persie (groin) and centre-back Thomas Vermaelen (ankle). Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey (ankle) has already been ruled out while Czech winger Tomas Rosicky (groin) faces a fitness test. Abou Diaby returns from a long absence after a hamstring problem. Defender Francis Coquelin (hamstring) remains sidelined, along with centre-back Per Mertesacker (ankle) and Brazil full-back Andre Santos (ankle) is two weeks away from returning to training.

Formation:4141Manager: Kenny Dalglish

Liverpool

Formation: 4231Manager: Arsene Wenger

Arsenal

  • Jose Reina
  • Martin Kelly
  • Martin Skrtel
  • Jamie Carragher
  • Sanchez Jose Enrique
  • Jay Spearing
  • Dirk Kuyt
  • Jordan Henderson
  • Charlie Adam
  • Stewart Downing
  • Luis Suarez
  • SUBS
  • Alexander Doni
  • Andy Carroll
  • Rodriguez Maxi
  • Sebastian Coates
  • Jonjo Shelvey
  • Jon Flanagan
  • Craig Bellamy

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Match Report

Van Persie leaves Liverpool reeling Robin van Persie proved his worth to Arsenal as one of the deadliest strikers in world football scored two goals to snatch a 2-1 victory over Liverpool at Anfield. Despite being second-best for most of the game the Gunners strengthened their grip on fourth place - and lessened the chances of Liverpool catching them - thanks to the prolific Holland international. The Arsenal captain had two shots on target and scored both as he took his record to 25 goals in as many league matches. Reds manager Kenny Dalglish must wish he had a striker in such form after watching his side squander a number of opportunities. A missed penalty and two shots rebounding off the post - taking the number of times they have hit the woodwork this season to 21 - only half the story as another familiar tale unfolded at Anfield. Arsenal were lucky to go in level at half-time and so to come away with a victory will delight Arsene Wenger and infuriate Dalglish, who suffered his first home defeat of the campaign. The Gunners had two chances in the first 45 minutes, with Theo Walcott testing Jose Reina and Van Persie scoring. By contrast Liverpool, without injured captain Steven Gerrard, created enough openings at the other end to have been out of sight at the interval. After the visitors' first chance, when Jose Reina denied Walcott with a good low save after former Everton midfielder Mikel Arteta's long diagonal ball over the top of left-back Jose Enrique had put the England winger through, the visitors appeared in danger of being swamped. Stewart Downing, so impressive in last weekend's Carling Cup win at Wembley, fluffed his shot with Wojciech Szczesny caught 10 yards out of his penalty area before Luis Suarez won a penalty when he was tripped by the goalkeeper. Unfortunately for Liverpool their travails from the spot have been indicative of their season in general and Kuyt's effort was saved by Szczesny, who also denied the Dutchman's shot from the rebound. Dalglish's side have now missed six penalties, excluding the two also squandered in last week's Wembley shoot-out, this season. The Arsenal goalkeeper was powerless to prevent the opening goal, however, when Laurent Koscielny, under little pressure, turned Jordan Henderson's cross into his own net. Liverpool should have made it 2-0 moments later when Henderson's shot was parried by Szczesny to Suarez to drilled the rebound against the post. But just when it looked as if Arsenal were on the brink of cracking they equalised with a goal of breathtaking simplicity on the half-hour. Bacary Sagna's right-wing cross perfectly picked out Van Persie who had got in front of Jamie Carragher and the striker made no mistake with his header. More Suarez trickery, taking him past the quartet of Alex Song, Sagna, Koscielny and Vermaelen, saw his low shot brilliantly turned behind by Szczesny before Kuyt hit the post in added time. Early in the second half there was a lengthy stoppage when Henderson collided with Arteta, who eventually left the field heavily concussed on a stretcher to be replaced by Abou Diaby. Thomas Vermaelen was booked for clattering into the back of Suarez as Liverpool continued to enjoy the upper hand without really threatening. When they did create a chance in the 69th minute it fell to Martin Kelly close in at the far post but he went with his right foot instead of his left and bundled Kuyt's cross wide. Arsenal remained a danger on the break and Reina had to be alert to brilliantly block a Walcott shot with his legs after being wrong-footed. Downing wasted a chance to square the ball to Suarez, hitting his cross too close to Szczesny, before screwing a volley well wide. And the Reds were made to pay for their profligacy as in the second of eight minutes of added time Van Persie snatched victory for the Gunners by expertly volleying home Song's cross from a narrow angle.

Form Guide

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  • Liverpool
  • VS
  • Arsenal
  • LLDWWW

Last Meetings

  • Arsenal
  • 0 - 2
  • Liverpool
  • 20/08/2011
  • Arsenal
  • 1 - 1
  • Liverpool
  • 17/04/2011
  • Liverpool
  • 1 - 1
  • Arsenal
  • 15/08/2010
  • Arsenal
  • 1 - 0
  • Liverpool
  • 10/02/2010
  • Liverpool
  • 1 - 2
  • Arsenal
  • 13/12/2009
  • Liverpool
  • 4 - 4
  • Arsenal
  • 21/04/2009

Top Scorers

Liverpool

  • C Bellamy 6
  • L Suarez 6
  • A Carroll 3
  • S Gerrard 2
  • RR Maxi 2
  • M Skrtel 2
  • D Kuyt 1
  • G Johnson 1
  • C Adam 1
  • J Henderson 1

Arsenal

  • R van Persie 22
  • T Walcott 5
  • M Arteta 4
  • YK Gervinho 4
  • T Vermaelen 3
  • A Ramsey 2
  • A Oxlade-Chamberlain 2
  • Y Benayoun 1
  • T Rosicky 1
  • C Andre Santos 1
  • M Chamakh 1
  • B Sagna 1
  • A Song 1
  • L Koscielny 1

Goals

Liverpool

    • Total goals 52
    • Goals per game 29
  • 1 (For) 3 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 5 (For) Period 11-20 mins
  • 1 (For) 3 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 4 (For) 2 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 5 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 5 (For) 1 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Arsenal

    • Total goals 76
    • Goals per game 53
  • 5 (For) 1 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 1 (For) 3 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 6 (For) 3 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 7 (For) 6 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 4 (For) 4 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 7 (For) 4 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 6 (For) 7 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 7 (For) 3 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 10 (For) 6 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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