Arsenal deserved the points although they would not have expected a helping hand from an awful defensive mix-up between Virgil van Dijk and Alisson which allowed Gabriel Martinelli to restore their lead in the 67th minute.
Substitute Leandro Trossard then soothed any late nerves among the Emirates faithful as he secured the victory in stoppage time with a shot through Alisson’s legs.
Bukayo Saka had given Arsenal an early lead with a cool finish in the 14th minute but a Gabriel own goal on the stroke of halftime undid all of their good work.
Heading for only their second league defeat of the season, Liverpool’s frustrations boiled over as Ibrahima Konate was sent off in the closing minutes for a second booking after a foul on Kai Havertz.
Arsenal’s win lifted them to second on 49 points to Liverpool’s 51 with both clubs having played 23 games. Champions Manchester City, who play on Monday, have 46 from 21 games.
ARSENAL V LIVERPOOL
- Kick-off at the Emirates at 4:30pm GMT
- Confirmed Arsenal XI: Raya; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Odegaard, Rice, Jorginho; Saka, Martinelli, Havertz
- Confirmed Liverpool XI: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Gomez; Gravenberch, MacAllister, Jones; Jota, Gakpo, Diaz
- GOAL! Arsenal 1 (Saka 14) Liverpool 0
- GOAL! Arsenal 1 Liverpool 1 (Gabriel OG 45 +4)
- GOAL! Arsenal 2 (Martinelli 67) Liverpool 1
- RED CARD! Konate 87
- GOAL! Arsenal 3 (Trossard 90 +1) Liverpool 1
Arsenal transform the title race with win over jaded Liverpool
Jurgen Klopp had warned before this match that people would say it would be good for Manchester City no matter what happened, but it is obviously great for Arsenal.
This was a third huge home win against one England’s giants this season, but maybe the most stirring of all. There was something much more convincing about it than either the victories over Manchester United and Manchester City, more value to it than the cheap errors that allowed some of the goals.
It was a proper show of substance. The only downside to the ultimate 3-1 was how opening goalscorer Bukayo Saka went off injured but Arsenal won’t want to consider that right now. Mikel Arteta certainly wasn’t thinking about it as he careered around the touchline high-fiving anyone in sight in the seconds after Leandro Trossard had put the ball through Alisson’s legs.
Arsenal have transformed the title race with win over jaded Liverpool
Arsenal 3-1 Liverpool: Goals by Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli and Leandro Trossard gave the Gunners a vital three points and victory over their title rivals.