Arsenal, the ‘biggest big match of 18R’, kept No. 1…a 1-1 draw with Liverpool

Arsenal had a 1-1 draw with Liverpool in the 18th round of the EPL 2023-2024 season at Anfield in Liverpool, England on the 24th (Korea time). Despite the team’s failure to secure victory, it earned one valuable point.

Arsenal holds the top position with 12 wins, four draws and two losses. The gap between Liverpool and Aston Villa is one point. Aston Villa, which tied with Sheffield United 1-1 earlier, is now in second place with 39 points. However, Liverpool, which was in third place with 38 points before the match, regained the second place by adding one point. The two teams have 39 points apiece, but Liverpool is leading in multiple points.

On this day, Arsenal had a 4-3-3 formation. Gabriel Jeju Island launched the front line attack, and Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka supported the attack from the side. Kai Havertz, Martin Odegaard and Declan Rice were deployed in the midfield. Oleksandr Zinchenko, Gabriel Magalangis, William Saliba and Van White formed a four-back defense line. David Raya kept the goal.

In response, Liverpool also took out a 4-3-3 formation. Cody Gakpo was in charge of the front line attack, while Muhammad Salah and Luis Díaz were placed on the side. Curtis Jones, Dominic Sobosli and Endo Wataru kept the midfield. Constantinos Tsimikas, Virgil van Dijk, Ibrahima Konate and Trent Alexander-Arnold formed a four-back defense line. Alisson wore goalkeeper gloves. 안전한 파워볼사이트

The first goal was up to Arsenal. Gabriel used a header on a free kick ball in the fourth minute of the first half. Liverpool immediately launched a counterattack. After receiving a long pass from Arnold in the 29th minute, Salah beat the opponent’s defense from the right side and tied the score with a left footed shot.

Liverpool, however, unintentionally lost a substitute card in the 35th minute. Tsimikas was injured and collapsed in the middle of a contest with his opponent, and Joe Gomez replaced him. There were tense first-half encounters, but none of them had the upper hand. Eventually, the two teams entered the second half with the score tied 1-1.

In the second half, Liverpool led the attack. Arsenal seemed to be in a hurry to defend themselves, shaken by Liverpool’s strong forward pressure. Liverpool’s bad luck in the net stole the score in the 27th minute of the second half. Salah passed to Arnold in a counterattack, and Arnold connected directly with a shot, but the score fell through after hitting the post. After that, the two teams finished the game without additional points. They had to be satisfied with winning one point because they could not compete one-on-one.

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