Despite showcasing some dominance on the field, Arsenal suffered defeat at the Emirates due to their poor ability to capitalize on opportunities.
A notable fixture in the FA Cup third round unfolded last night as Arsenal faced off against Liverpool. Both teams grappled with the absence of key players due to injuries and national team commitments, providing a platform for less frequently seen or out-of-form players to make an impact.
The absence of concentration in the defense, particularly in the absence of Virgil van Dijk, led to an early wobble in Alisson Becker’s goal. The ball even found the Liverpool crossbar during this period. However, the away team gradually regained confidence midway through the first half, with Trent Alexander Arnold’s shot hitting the crossbar.
Wearing the Liverpool captain’s armband for this match, the player with shirt number 66 delivered consecutive free kicks with challenging trajectories in the second half. In the first instance, he created an opportunity for Diogo Jota, whose header hit the crossbar. Then, in the 80th minute, another free kick led to an own goal by Arsenal’s Jakub Kiwior.
In the final minutes of the match, the home team adopted an aggressive lineup, a strategy that ultimately backfired. Seizing a quick counterattack, Luis Diaz skillfully controlled the ball before firing it into the roof of Aaron Ramsdale’s net. With a 2-0 victory, Liverpool secured a place in the fourth round of the FA Cup.