Liverpool had to claw back three times to earn a well deserved share of the points against Arsenal in Barclays Premier League action on Tuesday night at Anfield. Andrey Arshavin scored four goals for the visitors but the Gunners could not make his 90th minute goal stand up.
The Reds, who are temporarily on top of the table on goal difference, will be pleased to salvage a point from the match but will no doubt kick themselves for poor defending which directly resulted in 3 of Arsenal’s goals.
The Russian hit man gave the Gunners the 1-0 advantage at the halftime break despite Liverpool looking the better side but it Fernando Torres and Yossi Benayoun helped Liverpool storm back and take a 2-1 lead with goals in the 49th and 56th minutes.
Arshavin followed with his own two goal outburst with goals in the 67th and 70th minute.
The first three goals by Arshavin, although well taken, were errors on Liverpool’s part. Javier Mascherano turned the ball over at the top of his own box on the first, Alvaro Arbeloa played his part in the second and Jamie Carragher’s poor clearance gifted Arshavin the third goal.
Torres restored calm to the home crowd when he leveled the game in the 72nd minute. The Spanish international did well to bring the ball down with his back to goal at the top of the box before turning making a move to create a shooting lane and firing home.
Liverpool looked to be on their way to a win shortly afterwards when Torres header off a corner kick beat goalkeeper Lucasz Fabianski only to be headed off the line.
With regular time drawing to a close, Arshavin looked to put the dagger in Liverpool on the counterattack. The play started when Fabianski punched a corner kick clear that was gathered by Theo Walcott. Walcott pushed the started the break and found Arshavin on his left and once again Arshavin was up to the task with a cracker in the left side.
Liverpool did the most with the four minutes of injury time. Goalkeeper Pepe Reina came up to join the action on one corner kick but to no avail. But Benayoun came up big with his opportunity late. The Israeli international knocked his shot in from 6 yards out after a scramble in front of the goal.