- Arsenal tossed away Liverpool’s hopes of making history with a record Premier League points as they utilized Virgil van Dijk’s mistake and a careless blunder by goalkeeper Alisson to beat the champions 2-1 at The Emirates on Wednesday.
This is noteworthy for Arsenal as it is their first win against Liverpool since April 2015 lifting them one place to ninth in the table on 53 points.
Liverpool, on 93 points, dreams of setting a record was shuttered as they can now only stretch that tally to 99, one short of Manchester City’s record.
The Reds began on a high note and opened the scoring in the 20th minute when Sadio Mane lashed in his 17th goal of the season from close range.
Despite Arsenal’s top- scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s missing out on the match, they were luckily handed a free pass back into the game 12 minutes later when Van Dijk made a back pass straight into the path of Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette who rounded defender Fabinho and keeper Alisson and fired into an empty net.
“Until I made the mistake there was nothing wrong,” Van Dijk said.
“We played well and I felt we could win here comfortably at one point. If you give them goals, you can see what happens. Unfortunately, I made a mistake. I take the blame for it.” He added.
The visitors handed Arsenal an early before the break when Alisson attempted a chipped ball out to Robertson that Lacazette ran onto and pulled back to Reiss Nelson. The youngster grabbed the Gunners’ winner against Liverpool.
This was a remarkable night for Arsenal as the visitors kept applied so much pressure on the squad to the point of driving almost the entire Arsenal team back into their penalty area, but they were surprisingly able to attain victory at home.