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Tuesday, 05 November 2013 13:46

Arsenal gunning for the title

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Arsenal took advantage of Chelsea’s loss away to Newcastle, with a 2-0 win over Liverpool at the Emirates which now gives the Gunners a five point lead at the top of the English Premier League.

It was billed as a meeting between the top two teams in the league at present, with sports betting fans favouring Liverpool with Arsenal coming into the game with two home defeats against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League and Chelsea in the League Cup. Arsene Wenger emphasised the importance of the win as he stated his team needed ‘to convince people that we can win these big games - in a convincing way’.

Arsenal was resilient in defence and managed to contain the likes of Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge. Just before the twentieth minute the home team went ahead with a superb goal from Santi Cazorla, which well deserved after his earlier effort was kept out by the post. Aaron Ramsey then made sure with an outstanding shot from outside the area in the second half, his tenth goal for the season.

Liverpool would feel disappointed, as they started well at the beginning of the game and their supporters will no doubt believe that they should have had an equaliser if referee Martin Atkinson had allowed a quick free kick which led to Jordan Henderson sticking the ball in the Arsenal net. Luis Suarez was always a constant threat, as all great in-form strikers are, but was never really able to capitalise on his chances.

On the whole, it was a strong performance from the North London club, whose bright Premier League start continues to grow from strength to strength. The statistics tell the tale, with Arsene Wenger’s team taking 25 points from a possible 27. Arsenal have taken the lead in 9 of their last 10 games, which is the best record so far in the league and is reflected in their standing in the table. The question is whether the Arsenal squad can keep up the level of performances and maintain their consistency, in spite of injuries to key players like Jack Wilshere.