Martinelli proves once again he has a big future with the star transformation despite his defeat to Liverpool

ARSENAL put on a resilient and exciting performance despite Jurgen Klopp’s 0-2 defeat to Liverpool.

The Gunners dominated the first half and made good use of their width to create chances.

Roberto Firmino scores Liverpool's second


Roberto Firmino scores Liverpool’s secondCredit: GETTY
Arsenal most dangerous in the first half


Arsenal most dangerous in the first halfCredit: GETTY

In particular, Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli, are very good at hugging the touchline and dodging without their supervision.

Arsenal had hoped the first half-timer would never have sounded – but it did.

And Jurgen Klopp had 15 precious minutes to focus on his team and get back on track.

Liverpool began to press Arsenal to make a mistake.

Diogo Jota scored the opening goal after Thiago penetrated Arsenal’s midfield and defence.

It wasn’t long before Mikel Arteta’s men failed to block the opponent’s pass and a second-half substitute cost them.

The Gunners may have lost, but they are still in control of their own destiny in the race for a top 4 spot.

Arsenal is one point ahead of the nearest rival Manchester United and even has TWO games in hand.

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Here’s how SunSport’s Joshua Mbu rates the Gunners’ performance.

Aaron Ramsdale – 5

The goalkeeper is making an excellent save to deny Virgil van Dijk in the opening minutes.

But was beaten at his near post for Diogo Jota’s opener in the second half.

Could have done better for Liverpool’s second game.

Kieran Tierney – 6

Had a quiet evening but never really looked shaky on guard.

A leader on the team who will run for the captaincy this summer.

Gabriel – 5

In the first half, Gabriel did well to keep Sadio Mane as close to him as possible.

But in the second half, Gabriel was part of an Arsenal defense that turned out twice and they were at the expense of a world-class team.

Ben White – 5

Like his centre-back counterpart, Ben White had a solid first half.

But the summer signing struggled in the second half as Liverpool ramped up the pressure.

Cedric – 6

Was huge in the first half.

Don’t let Luis Diaz sniff the goal, making Arteta and teammates happy.

But both Liverpool’s goals came from his side.

Xhaka Granite – 6

Granit Xhaka played a key role in neutralizing Liverpool’s midfield in the first half.

But once Thiago picked up speed in the middle of the park, the Swiss’s impact diminished.

Thomas Partey – 6

Thomas Partey has come into his own this season and showed what he can do.

But against one of the best teams in the world tonight, he struggled to keep up with the Reds in the second half.

Martin Odegaard – 5

The Norwegian Wonderkid has struggled to gain influence in the game.

He is heavily guarded both on and off the ball, making it difficult to connect with fellow strikers.

Gabriel Martinelli – 7

The runner is determined and direct, as always.

His man’s Skin in the 14th minute drove the ball toward the touchline and received a cross into the six-yard box, but neither Arsenal shirt was close enough to make the pass back. House.

Dangerous Arsenal player from start to finish.

Bukayo Saka – 6

Always be ready for tackles and happy to attack on the right in the opening 45th half.

It was unlucky not to receive an assist in the eighth minute after he cushioned the ball towards the far post for Martinelli to fire a shot towards goal.


But Andy Robertson did an excellent job with the England international after a fierce first-half talk by Klopp.

Alexandre Lacazette – 6

Always key in building attacks with his excellent ball handling.

But tonight, he finds himself baffled by the central defenders’ partnership with Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip, one of the best pairings around.


Emile Smith Rowe – None

Nicolas Pepe – None

Eddie Nketiah – None Martinelli proves once again he has a big future with the star transformation despite his defeat to Liverpool


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