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
"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