English Premiership

Arsenal gun down Liverpool

2015-04-04 15:40
Olivier Giroud (AFP)

London - Arsenal moved up to second in the Premier League on Saturday after an impressive 4-1 win over Liverpool, further denting their opponents' hopes of a top-four spot.

Goals from Hector Bellerin, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez put the game beyond Liverpool before a Jordan Henderson penalty gave the visitors hope of a comeback.

Liverpool then had Emre Can sent off for a second booking and Olivier Giroud slammed in the fourth in time added on to move Arsenal within four points of leaders Chelsea.

"We were focused, clinical and if you look at the table, you'll see the number of goals we scored was not a coincidence," Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said.

With a home clash against Chelsea still to come, Arsenal could yet have a say in the title race but Wenger said he would not let his team get carried away.

"We need 100 percent results and the only way to get that is to focus on the next one with everybody together and we need other teams to have a weakness, and we cannot master that," Wenger said.

Simon Mignolet kept Liverpool on terms in a frantic opening but the visitors should have taken the lead when Lazar Markovic overhit a simple pass to Raheem Sterling in front of goal.

Arsenal took advantage with three goals in nine minutes, with full back Bellerin opening the scoring with a fine curling effort.

Ozil curled in a brilliant free kick soon after and Sanchez made it 3-0 at half-time with a powerful strike.

Liverpool brought on Daniel Sturridge at half-time and they pulled one back through Henderson's penalty after Sterling was brought down.

Can was then sent off for a second yellow card and Giroud curled in Arsenal's fourth to leave Liverpool fifth, five points off the top four.

"It'll be very, very difficult now," Brendan Rodgers said. "It was a game we needed to take something from. It's obviously a disappointing scoreline for us."

"We defended very, very poorly for all the goals."

Later on Saturday, Chelsea can restore their advantage by beating Stoke City.

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