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Anfield (ATT 44,932) 2nd September 2012 - Kick off 13:30 Ref: H Webb

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  1. Liverpool 0 Arsenal 2. The Gunners open their goal account, with two summer signings helping them to three points. Plenty of questions for Rodgers to answer after another disappointing display from the Reds.

  2. 90+4

    Sanots working hard and not allowing Liverpool to walk the ball out of their own half. Sterling thinks he has won a late corner off Jenkinson, but the decision goes Arsenal's way.

  3. 90+3

    Gerrard wins a corner of Jenkinson following a positive drive into the box. The set-piece is played short. Allen eventually hangs the ball up high and Mannone punches thin air. He gets away with it as Arsenal win a free-kick.

  4. 90+2

    Shelvey into the book. Ramsey does really well to run the ball clear for Arsenal and is shoved to the deck by Shelvey on halfway. Frustration boiling over for the hosts.

  5. 90+1

    Vermaelen hobbles off to be replaced by Koscielny. Gerrard's corner causes Arsenal problems, but Johnson can't force the ball over the line at the back post.

  6. Four minutes of stoppage-time to be played.

  7. 90

    Keep-ball from Arsenal. Liverpool chasing shadows. When they do get it back, they can do nothing with it. Enrique has a go, picking out Shelvey. He has a go from 25 yards and Mannone has to turn the ball around the post.

  8. 89

    It's not going to happen for Suarez today. As close as he has come as he fires over the top. Vermaelen again does enough to put the Liverpool striker off and force him to fire off target.

  9. 88

    Alan Smith has handed the man of the match award to Abou Diaby. Have to say the Frenchman has been immense this afternoon. Having him back fit is a massive boost to Arsenal.

  10. 87

    Neat feet from Shelvey on the edge of the box opens up a yard of space. His low shot can only be parried by Mannone and he is grateful to Vermaelen for pouncing on the rebound ahead of Suarez and Gerrard.

  11. 86

    Space for Johnson on the right. He sends a cross low to the front post, where Vermaelen is able to lump clear. Liverpool try their luck from the left, but Sterling is stopped by Jenkinson.

  12. 85

    Reina able to deal with a tricky bouncing back-pass, as he picks out Allen. He turns and scampers off upfield, but Arsenal have plenty of men back and have all bases covered.

  13. 84

    Liverpool appear to have run out of ideas. Arsenal once again have them pegged down by their own corner flag. The Gunners haven't had to be brilliant to take the points this afternoon.

  14. 83

    Giroud involved in a tussle with Enrique. He looks to be in at one stage, but a lack of pace means he is unable to escape the attentions of the Liverpool defender. Giroud settles for a corner. He meets Cazorla's corner unmarked, but sends the ball over the crossbar off his shoulder. Not his day.

  15. 82

    Defensive change by Arsenal as Podolski makes way for Santos. His first task is to defend a corner. Gerrard's delivery is seen out by the Brazilian.

  16. 81

    Nice feet from Allen in the middle of the park, before sending the ball wide to Downing. He allows Shelvey to fire over a cross, but Mertesacker is there for Arsenal. No way through for Liverpool. Downing is able to win a corner as a decent effort from the edge of the box is deflected narrowly over the top.

  17. 80

    Enrique pulled up for a foul and finds himself out of position as Ramsey runs away with the ball. He has little support, though, and the home side soon have it back.

  18. 79

    Cazorla picks out Mertesacker at the near post. He glances the ball up in the air. Reina comes through the crowd to claim. He then spills the ball, but is awarded a free-kick.

  19. 78

    Liverpool can't get the ball at the moment. Arsenal don't need to press so are happy to play among themselves on halfway. When they do go forward, Gibbs wins a corner off Skrtel.

  20. 77

    Podolski holds off two challenges and keeps Arsenal inside the Liverpool half. Away fans bring out the Oles, but then see Gibbs put a pass straight out of play.

  21. 76

    Gerrard still trying to get Liverpool going. He flies into a tackle on Vermaelen down by the corner flag, He wins the ball but sends the Arsenal man crashing into the advertising boards. He soon gets back to his feet once he realises he is off the pitch.

  22. 75

    Johnson finds himself on the edge of the box. He likes a left-footed effort, but decides to send the ball wide on this occasion. Not happening for Liverpool as Allen sends the ball behind for a goal kick.

  23. 74

    Agger gets caught under a long ball, but recovers quickly to nod back to Reina. Liverpool still struggling to make things stick when they send the ball forward.

  24. 73

    Wenger opts against sending Walcott onto the right wing in place of Oxlade-Chamberlain. Ramsey is the man to join the action.

  25. 72

    Suarez's touches on an Enrique cross, but can't find Downing. Johnson then races down the right, but again Podoslki gets back to help out. Johnson eventually gets the better of the German forward, but dinks a cross into the hands of Mannone.

  26. 71

    Oxlade-Chamberlain struggling slightly. He looks like he may have a touch of cramp. Movement on the Arsenal bench. No need to push the youngster too hard.

  27. 70

    Those in the stands don't look impressed. All of the noise now coming from the away end. Things were supposed to improve for Liverpool this season. No sign of that as yet. On the field, Shelvey is blocked from entering the box by Mertesacker.

  28. 69

    That could be it for Liverpool. They haven't really looked like scoring so far and now they need two in 20 minutes. Back to the drawing board for Rodgers.

  29. 68

    GOAL ARSENAL - CAZORLA. Another summer signing on target for the Gunners. Podolski feeds Cazorla as he bursts into the box. He drills the ball low under Reina, who will feel he should have done better.

  30. 67

    Shelvey on in place of Sahin, who has been quiet on his debut. Like-for-like in the middle of the park.

  31. 66

    Cazorla drifts across the edge of the box. He then lets fly from 20 yards and sees a bobbling effort skip narrowly past the post.

  32. 65

    Another coming together between Oxlade-Chamberlain and Sterling. The Liverpool man comes out on top. Liverpool send over a cross to the back post, but Downing can't send a header on target.

  33. 64

    Downing skips inside Gibbs with ease, and onto his left foot this time. He goes for goal, but Vermaelen blocks bravely and concedes a corner. Skrtel and Agger climb, but Arsenal bundle the ball to safety.

  34. 63

    Downing goes down the line onto his right foot. No way past Arteta, who does really well to get his body across the ball and win a free-kick. Another example of how hard the Arsenal players are prepared to work for the collective cause.

  35. 62

    Agger tries his luck from about 40 yards out. He is capable and catches the ball cleanly. Mannone watches the shot all the way onto his hands and pats the ball down in front of him.

  36. 61

    Podolski so close to slipping in Giroud. Skrtel gets an important toe to the ball. Arsenal try again, with Jenkinson invited forward from right-back. He cuts onto his left foot and works Reina with a low drive.

  37. 60

    Suarez on the deck again. He rolls around, arms waving, but gets nothing. He put the ball through Vermaelen's legs but then ran straight into the Arsenal defender.

  38. 59

    Allen nips in and has Liverpool countering at pace. Suarez sandwiched between two defenders as he tries to break into open field. He had Gerrard running off him.

  39. 58

    Downing tempted by a bouncing ball on the edge of the box, but decided against having a shot. He tees up Suarez, who stings the fingertips of Mannone. Sahin's set-piece comes to nothing.

  40. 57

    Gerrard's delivery is nodded clear at the front post. He gets another chance from the other side as Jenkinson puts the ball behind. Again Gerrard can't beat the first man.

  41. 56

    Suarez claiming another penalty. Again he gets nothing. Vermaelen falls inside his own box and handball shouts ring out. Right call again as the two players got tangled up. Liverpool then force a corner.

  42. 55

    Borini makes way for Downing. More of a natural winger. Borini worked hard but had little joy. Rodgers hardly blessed with attacking options on the bench.

  43. 54

    Space and time for Sahin 25 yards from goal. He needs two touches to get the ball under control and the opportunity to have a shot disappears. Borini crosses towards the back post, but Enrique fires a woeful volley into the Kop as the ball drops his way.

  44. 53

    Gibbs breaks past Podolski and towards the dead-ball line. His cross-shot from a tight angle is beaten away by Reina. Arsenal still looking the more likely to add a second goal.

  45. 52

    Gerrard slides in to feed a dangerous cross across the face of goal. Mertesacker puts a hand on Suarez's shoulder, and he goes down. Penalty shouts waved away again. There was contact.

  46. 51

    Diaby popping up all over the place. As is Cazorla. He can't quite pick out a run from Gibbs, with the full-back moving too far into the box. Allen moves Liverpool forward, but is quickly crowded out.

  47. 50

    Vermaelen pokes the ball wide to Gibbs, with Borini looking to nip in. Arsenal allowed far too much time on the ball in midfield at the moment. Liverpool, though, stand firm at the back.

  48. 49

    Oxlade-Chamberlain and Podolski showing good discipline down the Arsenal flanks. They are prepared to track back and help out. Jenkinson fires a cross into Enrique and wins a throw.

  49. 48

    Giroud gets a touch to a high ball lofted forward, but has no runners around him. He looks a little short on confidence. Sterling tries to get Liverpool moving in the opposite direction.

  50. 47

    Cazorla lines up a shot from distance, but blasts straight at Agger. Suarez once again unable to hold the ball up for Liverpool. Skrtel then becomes the latest to see ywllow as he clatters through the back of Diaby. He can have no complaints.

  51. 46

    Odd start as Arsenal hammer the ball straight out of play for a Liverpool goal kick. No changes at the interval, but expect them to start coming thick and fast if things stay as they are.

  52. Arsenal get the second half underway.

  53. Players are back out and we are ready for the second half. Jamie Redknapp at the interval as he looks at the Liverpool bench: 'I don't see any logic in letting Andy Carroll go out on loan.'

  54. Remember you can also bet in-play at Skybet.com. Liverpool are now 4/1 to take the spoils, with Arsenal 4/5 and the draw 2/1. You can get 5/1 on Suarez to get the next goal.

  55. How will the second half play out? Get your thoughts in to Chris.Burton@bskyb.com and @SkySportsChrisB.

  56. Liverpool 0 Arsenal 1. The visitors lead at the interval through Podolski's first goal for the club. They are now up and running for the season and have restricted Liverpool to a handful of half chances.

  57. 45+2

    Agger moves forward with intent. Sterling skips past one challenge, before Gerrard takes over. Neither can work the ball into the box, or back into the path of Agger. Liverpool still asking questions, but Borini can't send over a cross and then fouls Podolski.

  58. 45+1

    Borini sends the ball back to Johnson. He doesn't have the best angle to cross from and Mannone is able to come and gather as the ball is floated in his direction.

  59. Two minutes of stoppage-time to be played.

  60. 45

    Arteta felled midway inside the Liverpool half. Chance to send the big men into the box. Liverpool trying to hold a high line. Cazorla's delivery is nodded clear by Johnson.

  61. 44

    Skrtel into Borini, who gets the ball caught under his foot. Good work by Suarez as he chases back to pick Arteta's pocket. Looking at the penalty incident again, Mertesacker does get a toe to the ball before Sterling goes down. Good call from Howard Webb.

  62. 43

    Enrique combines with Sterling, but Jenkinson is there to put in a sliding challenge before a cross can trouble Arsenal. Johnson is able to work the ball into the box from the opposite side of the field, but Suarez can't gather it in.

  63. 42

    Nice flick from Diaby has Arsenal moving forward again. The Gunners are enjoying themselves in the Merseyside sunshine. No way through this time, though, as Reina claims a rather aimless cross.

  64. 41

    Suarez can't find Gerrard, who has ghosted in behind Gibbs. Arsenal counter quickly. Diaby leads the charge. He picks out a run from Giroud across the box, but he fires well wide when presented with a clear sight of goal.

  65. 40

    Allen never gives the ball away. He works a clever one-two before setting off down the line. His cross his blocked. Loud penalty shout goes up as Sterling goes down in the box. Nothing given.

  66. 39

    Brilliant from Sterling. Borini does really well to keep the ball in play and Arsenal can't clear their lines. Gerrard finds Sterling and he spins past his man before firing a shot onto the outside of the post. So close to a leveller.

  67. 38

    Vermaelen nods the ball behind for another corner. Gerrard tries again. Second delivery is much deeper, but again an Arsenal head is first to the ball. The Gunners can't get out of their own half, though, and Liverpool keep men forward.

  68. 37

    Arteta with a dangerous pass across the middle of the park. Gibbs battles to keep possession, but Podolski then gives it away. Liverpool push down their left, with Sterling forcing a corner off Jenkinson.

  69. 36

    Diaby hangs over a high cross from wide on the Arsenal right. No chance for Giroud to get anything on it. Suarez caught on the ball in a deep-lying role. He then gives away a free-kick.

  70. 35

    Battle between Sterling and Oxlade-Chamberlain. Both so eager to impress. Free-kick goes Liverpool's way. Looked to be 50-50. The home side are forced backwards, though, after making nothing of the set-piece.

  71. 34

    Not for long as the Gunners counter at pace. Podolski can't get his head up to spot a run from Arteta in the middle and Skrtel is able to stop the Arsenal forward in his tracks.

  72. 33

    Wenger looks a lot happier with the world now that his side have opened their goal account. Arsenal are, however, currently pegged back inside their own half.

  73. 32

    Smart reverse pass from Gerrard into Suarez. Vermaelen comes across and puts in a brilliant sliding challenge. Suarez, who jumped over the tackle, catches the defender on his way back down. Treatment required.

  74. 31

    GOAL ARSENAL - PODOLSKI. First goal of the season for the Gunners arrives from the left boot of one of their summer signings. Arsenal get Cazorla on the ball and he delays a pass to Podolski just long enough for the German to then fire a low shot under Reina.

  75. 30

    Mertesacker with a slack pass straight to Enrique. Sterling once again looks to cut inside from the left wing. Jenkinson puts in a well-timed challenge. Arsenal then let themselves down with the final ball once again. Gibbs the culprit on this occasion.

  76. 29

    A loose ball falls Gerrard's way, as an Arsenal counter breaks down. He can't bring a bouncing ball under control. Podolski moves Arsenal down their left, winning a throw.

  77. 28

    Gerrard's turn from the set-piece. Suarez touches it into space and the Arsenal wall are able to get in Gerrard's face before he can bend an effort towards the bottom corner. Why move the ball first? Just hit it.

  78. 27

    Good pace from Sterling as he latches onto a loose ball and sets off towards goal. Arteta left with little choice but to bring him down 25 yards out. The Arsenal midfielder is booked.

  79. 26

    Allen spots Johnson in space.He cuts inside off his flank and is felled by Diaby. Advantage played. Johnson soon back on the ball, but he can't thread a pass into the feet of Suarez.

  80. 25

    Jenkinson with another misplaced pass, which he just about gets away with. Diaby strides forward, before picking out Gibbs. His cross to the back post is nodded up in the air by Enrique. He is let off the hook as Giroud barges into the back of Reina.

  81. 24

    No options for Arteta as he is forced backwards. Lack of movement up top from the Gunners. Sterling goes down, wins the ball, then trips again. The youngster certainly is an all-action performer.

  82. 23

    Mertesacker does well to see off the threat of Suarez. The Liverpool striker is picked out inside the box, but takes too long to make his mind up and sends the ball bobbling into the arms of Mannone as Mertesacker blocks his cross.

  83. 22

    Suarez gives the ball away again. Not been at the races so far. Podolski forced to play sideways as Liverpool rush men back behind the ball. Giroud unable to play a lay-off into the path of Cazorla.

  84. 21

    Oxlade-Chamberlain goes down. He collided with Suarez and came off second best. He took a hefty blow to his thigh, but appears to be okay to continue.

  85. 20

    Reina puts another left-footed clearance into the stands. Cazorla looking to get in the keeper's face. Arsenal fail to make the most of the possession presented to them.

  86. 19

    Vermaelen is a centre-half who likes to move forward when the opportunity presents itself. He strides forward from halfway on this occasion, but gets his shot all wrong and fires well wide of the target from 25 yards out.

  87. 18

    Cazorla floats over the free-kick, but Gerrard rises highest to clear. Suarez gives the ball away before Liverpool can get out of their own half. Arsenal pressing high up the field.

  88. 17

    Reina slices a clearance left-footed after taking an age to get rid of a back-pass. Podolski links up well with Gibbs and is sent tumbling to the turf by Borini.

  89. 16

    Liverpool looking to build from the back again. Allen always providing an option. Gerrard finally goes for a killer pass, but puts too much on a drilled effort down the right for Johnson.

  90. 15

    Space for Cazorla and he is able to free Oxlade-Chamberlain in space on the right. His cross is over-hit and sails high over the heads of those in the middle. Arsenal try again, but Gibbs is unable to keep the ball in play.

  91. 14

    Jenkinson having a nightmare. A terrible crossfield pass picks out Borini. He moves into the penalty area, but a cross-shot is blocked. Liverpool remain on the front foot and Suarez lifts a header over the crossbar. Not really a chance as he had to turn the ball goalwards over his shoulder.

  92. 13

    Decent delivery from Gerrard, with real whip put on the set-piece. The ball flashes across the foreheard of Agger, but he can't make a telling touch from six yards out.

  93. 12

    Sterling pops up on the right wing and does really well to keep possession. A hopeful cross is pumped into the Arsenal box and a rushed clearance from Jenkinson is sliced behind for a corner.

  94. 11

    Arsenal slow things down, moving the ball across their midfield. It is then fed into Cazorla, who finds Podolski. He fires over a drilled cross, but Liverpool can clear. The ball ends up back with Cazorla, but he fires straight at Reina from the edge of the box.

  95. 10

    Gerrard moves through the gears, away from Arteta, but can't find Sterling. Solid defending again from the Reds as they prevent Oxlade-Chamberlain from latching onto a long ball down the line. End-to-end stuff as Borini then fires another effort wide of the target from a tight angle.

  96. 9

    Borini drops deep to pick up possession. He is able to force the ball through to Johnson, who has escaped into open field. The flag goes up, though, and he is unable to surge goalwards.

  97. 8

    Reina plays the ball out to Enrique after being fed a back pass. He was put under pressure, but Rodgers is keen to have his side playing football and Reina has to play his part in that.

  98. 7

    Suarez takes the free-kick himself. He gets it up and over ther wall, but the ball is never coming back down and sails high into the crowd.

  99. 6

    Sterling keeping things easy. Suarez not quite so much. He spins past Mertesacker and sets off towards the box. He goes to ground and the Arsenal defender is cautioned for a tug on the Liverpool striker.

  100. 5

    Still no joy for Arsenal as they look to find holes in the Liverpool defence. The hosts produce the first effort on goal, with Borini breaking from halfway before dragging a shot past the post.

  101. 4

    Johnson with a bustling burst down the Liverpool right. He is outnumbered as he closes on the Arsenal box. The Gunners look to break. Wenger's men looking composed on the ball, as you would expect.

  102. 3

    Good work by Allen as he slips back towards the corner flag to help out his back four. Liverpool forced to go long, though, and the ball comes straight back. Falg up against Giroud.

  103. 2

    Long clearance from Mertesacker. Giroud unable to get on the end of it. He is more of a target man than Van Persie was, but doesn't look like he fancies an aerial dual with Agger and Skrtel.

  104. 1

    Liverpool keen to get a foot on the ball in the opening exchanges. A heavy touch from Suarez prevents them from making inroads into the Arsenal half. The Kop are in full voice.

  105. Liverpool get us up and running.

  106. The players make their way out of the tunnel. Great noise inside the stadium. This is a big one. It may be early, but this is the kind of game which can help to shape a season.

  107. We will have to leave the feedback there for now but there will be further opportunities to have your say at half-time and at the final whistle. Enjoy the game!

  108. For the record, today's referee is Howard Webb.

  109. Arsene Wenger tells Sky Sports pre-match that he is confident his Arsenal side will break their scoring duck today. He says: 'We want to score goals, that's our strength. I'm sure we will score.'

  110. Jamie Redknapp in the Sky Sports studio offers his take on Liverpool debutant Nuri Sahin. He says: 'He's got a wonderful left foot. Perhaps a little bit early to bring him in. Loss of Lucas makes it needs must. He has good delivery. He'll be a good acquisition for Liverpool.'

  111. Arsenal team: Mannone, Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Cazorla, Arteta, Diaby, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Giroud, Podolski. Subs: Koscielny, Martinez, Santos, Ramsey, Coquelin, Gervinho, Walcott.

  112. Liverpool team: Reina, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Enrique, Allen, Sahin, Gerrard, Sterling, Borini, Suarez. Subs: Jones, Carragher, Shelvey, Downing, Henderson, Kelly, Coates.

  113. You can bet in-play throughout today's game at Skybet.com. Liverpool start as favourites at 20/21, with Arsenal 14/5 and the draw 12/5. You can get 10/1 on Arsenal being involved in a third straight 0-0 draw.

  114. Have an opinion on today's game and want to share it? You can do just that by contacting me direct at Chris.Burton@bskyb.com or @SkySportsChrisB.

  115. Arsenal, meanwhile, are still searching for their first goal of the season, with back-to-back 0-0 draws suggesting a new-look attacking unit is yet to find its feet.

  116. Liverpool looked much better in a 2-2 draw with reigning champions Manchester City last time out, but will be hoping to cut out the costly errors.

  117. This is, however, an opportunity for two sides who have hardly fired out of the blocks this season to focus fully on events on the field and the pursuit of precious points.

  118. With the transfer window closed until the New Year, both Brendan Rodgers and Arsene Wenger must make do with what they have got - and both will probably feel that they could have done more over the summer.

  119. Welcome to Anfield for our coverage of today's Premier League encounter between Liverpool and Arsenal.

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Barclays Premier League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Arsenal 0 0
2 Aston Villa 0 0
3 Burnley 0 0
4 Chelsea 0 0
5 Crystal Palace 0 0
6 Everton 0 0
7 Hull City 0 0
8 Leicester City 0 0
9 Liverpool 0 0
10 Manchester City 0 0
11 Manchester United 0 0
12 Newcastle United 0 0
13 Queens Park Rangers 0 0
14 Southampton 0 0
15 Stoke City 0 0
16 Sunderland 0 0
17 Swansea City 0 0
18 Tottenham Hotspur 0 0
19 West Bromwich Albion 0 0
20 West Ham United 0 0