Experience the exhilarating replay and highlights of the full match between Liverpool and Arsenal. The highly anticipated game kicks off at 17:30 (GMT) on the 23rd of December, 2023, and will be officiated by the talented C. Kavanagh. The thrilling match takes place at the iconic Anfield stadium and is part of the England – Premier League, Week 18, Season 2023/2024. Don’t miss out on this intense showdown between two top-tier teams.
Liverpool vs Arsenal Full Match Reports
Arsenal is set to savor the festive season from the zenith of the Premier League (PL) standings for the second consecutive year, following a captivating 1-1 draw against title-contending Liverpool at Anfield.
In the pursuit of securing the Christmas top spot in the PL, Liverpool welcomed Arsenal, who had recently overtaken them in the riveting title race. Despite Arsenal’s historical struggles at Anfield with no victories in their last 10 league visits, they initiated a lightning-fast start that positioned them favorably to break that unfortunate streak. Assertive from the outset, the visitors seized an early lead as Martin Ødegaard’s precision in delivering a free-kick found Gabriel Magalhães, who executed a towering header, narrowly avoiding an offside decision after a VAR review.
Liverpool, a team adept at amassing points after conceding this season, promptly equalized before the half-hour mark. Mohamed Salah initially volleyed wide but swiftly redeemed himself by capitalizing on Trent Alexander-Arnold’s precise long pass. Salah effortlessly maneuvered past Oleksandr Zinchenko before unleashing a high shot at David Raya’s near post. The first half concluded with Bukayo Saka failing to release a shot in a promising position, leaving Gabriel Martinelli to drag his attempt wide.
The second half unfolded in a relentless back-and-forth manner, with Liverpool displaying a more menacing intent in adding to their goal tally. Salah, causing havoc with his direct runs, nearly scored, and substitute Joe Gomez came close to his first senior goal, curling narrowly wide. Liverpool continued to create chances, hitting the post through Harvey Elliot’s deflected shot and missing a golden counter-attacking opportunity. Racing from an Arsenal corner, Salah led the charge, but with teammates in promising positions, Alexander-Arnold directed a first-time effort onto the crossbar.
The enthralling contest eventually culminated in a draw, marking the 19th occasion in 23 PL head-to-head encounters at Anfield where both teams found the net. Despite falling short of reclaiming the top spot, Liverpool extended their remarkable home record, remaining unbeaten in 50 of their last 51 games (W38, D12). Meanwhile, Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal will relish another Christmas at the league’s summit, holding the prospect of securing a 25th PL win in the calendar year for the second time in a row—a historic achievement for the Gunners.
Man of the Match: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool).