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Full-time - Arsenal 0-0 Liverpool

  • Gabriel and Calum Chambers start at centre-back for Arsenal
  • Per Mertesacker is suffering from illness, while Laurent Koscielny has a back problem
  • Roberto Firmino, Lucas and Emre Can all start for Liverpool
  • Aaron Ramsey sees a first-half goal ruled out for offside
  • Petr Cech produces two stunning saves to deny Philippe Coutinho and Christian Benteke
  • Coutinho and Alexis Sanchez both hit the woodwork
Petr Cech
Petr Cech was at his best to deny Philippe Coutinho and Christian Benteke before half-time AFP

That result means Arsenal are yet to score or indeed win at home so far this season and they move up to ninth place. Wenger's side look as if they are still lacking that imposing striker.

As for Liverpool, their 100% start is over but Rodgers will be hugely satisfied with a third consecutive clean sheet. They are now third, level on points with Leicester and Manchester United.

That is it from us for now, but keep your eyes peeled for reaction from both managers on IBTimes UK before the night is through.

As far as 0-0 draws go, that was pretty entertaining. With both defences initially looking as if goals were inevitable, there was simply no way past Cech and Mignolet tonight despite 34 shots and nine on target.

Liverpool were by far the better side in the first half, but Arsenal looked more threatening after the break.

Full-time - Arsenal 0-0 Liverpool

A long-distance drive from Oxlade-Chamberlain is pushed wide by Mignolet and Gabriel heads over the bar from the resulting corner.

Good defending from Rossiter and Moreno makes an interception before bursting up the pitch with an impressive turn of pace. Unfortunately for Liverpool, he is caught in two minds whether to pass or shoot as he approaches the penalty area and the chance goes begging.

Four minutes of added time for one of these teams to find a winner.

Authoritative goalkeeping from Mignolet as he punches clear under pressure from Oxlade-Chamberlain. The Arsenal midfielder takes a knock to the head for his troubles.

Oliver has clearly had enough of Mignolet's dilly-dallying at goal kicks and produces another yellow card.

Meanwhile, Rodgers looks to shore up his backline by introducing Alberto Moreno at the expense of Coutinho.

A driving run from Ramsey sees the midfielder unleash a shot that takes a huge deflection off Lovren and forces Mignolet into a fine low save. Skrtel then almost puts through his own net trying to repel the danger from Walcott.

Speculative efforts from Oxlade-Chamberlain and Cazorla both fizz wide.

Liverpool's efforts on goal have been greatly reduced in this half but Coutinho provides a timely reminder of the attacking threat they pose with a powerful shot that is parried by Cech.

Midfield enforcer Coquelin is then withdrawn by Wenger, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain taking his place. An attacking substitution that should offer Arsenal another dimension going forward but could leave them even more vulnerable to the counter.

A third booking in three appearances for Gomez as he brings down Ramsey. Still no way through for either side as we enter the last 10 minutes at the Emirates.

A Premier League debut for Rossiter here as he jogs on for Lucas. Liverpool supporters will be wondering if this was the Brazilian's final appearance for the club or if he will stay at Anfield despite being linked with the likes of Super Lig outfit Besiktas.

A rather frustrating night for Giroud ends as he is replaced by Theo Walcott. A goal might have been nice for the former Montpellier man tonight given the persistent rumours linking Arsenal with a move for another first-choice striker that are unlikely to die down even in the aftermath of Benzema's recent declaration.

Safe hands once again from Mignolet as Ramsey sends a curled effort towards the top-right hand corner. Giroud was clearly hurt by a tackle from Lucas in the build-up.

Benteke then snatches at a shot for Liverpool and sees it sail well over the top.

Mignolet's turn to make the diving save as he lurches to his right to keep out Giroud's close-range effort.

The Frenchman was falling to the turf as he let fly under pressure from Lovren but no penalty awarded.

Monreal gets to the byline for Arsenal but Giroud is once again unable to take advantage of the cross.

Coquelin tries to break through the plethora of Liverpool bodies on the edge of the box but Lucas makes a challenge and the ball is cleared.

Arsenal are really applying the pressure now as Ramsey's low cross evades Skrtel but Giroud is left inches away from making contact under pressure from Dejan Lovren.

Gabriel is the first Arsenal player to be cautioned after hauling down Benteke near the halfway line. Can is also booked for a foul from behind on Ramsey.

A relatively quiet night for Firmino on his first Liverpool start, but there was probably enough in that performance to encourage Rodgers.

The first substitution of the evening for either side arrives just past the hour mark as Firmino is replaced by Ibe.

A real opportunity for Arsenal to grab the opener as Sanchez hits the outside of the post following exquisite build-up play courtesy of Cazorla, Ozil and Giroud. The latter in particular provided an excellent one-touch layoff.

At the other end, Lucas releases Coutinho but his low drive lacks power and is comfortably held by Cech.

Skrtel in the book for a not-so-subtle push on Sanchez.

A half-chance for Giroud but he fires wide. Referee Oliver then calls over Milner for a frank discussion about alleged time-wasting tactics from Mignolet.

A bit early for that, with still more than 30 minutes of this match left to elapse.

Arsenal, and particularly Sanchez, are doing their best to break down Liverpool's stubborn resistance on the edge of their own penalty area but to no avail.

The visitors always look a threat on the counter with Benteke's strong-hold up play and the support of Coutinho, Firmino and Can.

Joe Gomez, who has been impressive again for Liverpool tonight, puts his side into trouble with a sloppy pass. Arsenal move the ball at will with trademark speed but Giroud's shot is blocked by Skrtel.

The second half begins with no changes made by either side at the break.

A measure of Liverpool's performance in that first 45 minutes. Rodgers will hope they are not made to pay the price for their profligacy in front of goal and inability to find a way past Cech, however.

Aside from an early defensive mix-up and Ramsey's disallowed goal, Rodgers should be very pleased indeed with Liverpool's first-half efforts. His side have had 11 attempts on target and it's only through Cech's heroics that they are not in front.

Understandably, Arsenal's changed backline do not look particularly strong and Wenger will need to hand them something of a confidence boost at the break.

From feeling aggrieved that they were denied an opening goal due to a contentious offside decision, Arsenal have Cech to thank for ensuring that they go in level at the break.

Benteke and Coutinho will both be left wondering just how he managed to keep them at bay.


Arsenal 0-0 Liverpool

Coutinho strikes the woodwork once again after cutting inside from the left and bamboozling Bellerin. Another fantastic save from Cech, though, as he meets the Brazilian's curled effort and pushes it onto the post.


Rodgers' reaction on the touchline tells you all you need to know about that particular chance. With both of his arms raised, he certainly was not expecting the sort of save from Cech that made him a key figure at Chelsea for a decade.

How on earth has Benteke not put Liverpool ahead?

Bellerin's attempted clearance is blocked by Firmino and he lashes a low cross across the six-yard box after receiving possession back from Coutinho.

All Benteke has to do is put his foot through it, but Cech is on hand to produce a superb save and turn the ball wide from point-blank range.

10 minutes to go until half-time and the game has settled down somewhat after a fairly frantic opening.

Good defending from Gabriel as he prevents Coutinho from applying the finish touch after being sent clear and avoiding an offside flag.

Chambers is obviously finding Benteke a real handful physically, but the latter seems oddly reluctant to try his luck from distance when the opportunity arises as his pass is intercepted by Bellerin.

Cech forced into a low save at his near post from Milner after the England international's initial ball was blocked by a sliding Gabriel.

Cazorla is muscled out of possession by Milner, which gives Benteke the chance to carry the ball into the box. He is stopped in his tracks by another committed challenge from Coquelin, though, who looks to have got at least a toe on the ball this time.

The combative midfielder was extremely fortunate not to have been sent off at Crystal Palace last weekend and you get the feeling his ability to shield that back four will prove crucial tonight. Maintaining discipline will be of vital importance in that respect.

One or two potentially valid suggestions that Coquelin's recovery tackle could have led to a penalty there. Replays suggest his contact on the ball was virtually non-existent.

No foul given.

Arsenal's turn to look entirely unconvincing at the back as Chambers' attempted pass forward is cut out by Coutinho. Coquelin gets back to make a strong challenge, but still the hosts cannot clear and it takes a block from Monreal to divert Milner's shot wide.

You would be extremely surprised to see this end goalless, based on the performance of the respective defences so far.

Liverpool beat Bournemouth last week thanks to an incorrect offside decision and they get the benefit of the doubt once again as Aaron Ramsey collects Cazorla's perfectly-weighted pass before shooting past Mignolet.

The assistant referee is flagging, however, despite Ramsey appearing in line with both Skrtel and Nathaniel Clyne at right-back.

A huge let-off and another black mark towards officials so far this season.

A nervy moment for Liverpool as a good passing move involving Cazorla, Sanchez and Mesut Ozil sees Arsenal pour forward into the penalty area.

Milner and Skrtel get in each other's way whilst trying to clear, which almost gives Sanchez the opportunity to win the ball back and fire past Mignolet from close range.

At the other end, Francis Coquelin finds Nacho Monreal on Arsenal's left-flank. His cross evades the leap of Giroud before Sanchez heads over the crossbar.

A positive surging run from Can leads to Benteke scuffing a left-footed shot harmlessly wide of Cech's right-hand post.

The Belgian striker then beats an unconvincing offside trap to feed Coutinho, but his rasping effort crashes against the crossbar.

A strong start to this game from Liverpool.

Referee Michael Oliver gets proceedings underway. Are we in for another goalfest between these two sides, or will caution eventually win the day?

Around 15 minutes until kick-off now.

Arsenal require a victory to lift them into the top six at this early stage of the 2015/16 campaign, while Liverpool will go level on points with pacesetters Manchester City with a third consecutive victory.

Perhaps the most intriguing angle of Arsenal's enforced defensive changes tonight is how it will impact upon Cech. The former Chelsea stalwart was welcomed by supporters in July as potentially the final piece of the title puzzle, yet he was unconvincing on his debut and a new centre-back pairing could unsettle things once more.

With both captains out, Santi Cazorla will don the armband for Arsenal tonight while newly-appointed vice-skipper James Milner will do the honours for Liverpool.

Although Benteke will no doubt be relishing the opportunity to sorely test that unfamiliar Gabriel/Chambers partnership tonight, it is worth remembering that Liverpool have won just once on their last 15 Premier League visits to Arsenal.

Last season, they were easily dismantled 4-1 at the Emirates Stadium just days after Raheem Sterling's now infamous BBC interview in which he confirmed that he had rejected the opportunity to sign an improved contract.

Honours were shared with a 2-2 draw during the first fixture, with Martin Skrtel popping up with a headed equaliser in the seventh minute of second-half stoppage time.

There have also been transfer and indeed striker related rumblings at Liverpool today. AC Milan chief executive Adriano Galliani has confirmed that his club are in negotiations over a deal to take Mario Balotelli back to the San Siro.

The controversial Italian international is obviously no longer apart of Brendan Rodgers' first-team plans and their desire to offload him is evident by the fact that they are unlikely to receive a loan fee and may additionally have to cover a portion of his wages to make the move happen.

Confirmation of Arsenal's newest injury concerns...

Liverpool will likely fancy their chances of exploiting that new centre-back pairing, particularly with £29m summer arrival Roberto Firmino starting alongside compatriot Philippe Coutinho and Christian Benteke in place of Jordon Ibe.

As expected, skipper Jordan Henderson misses out with a persistent foot problem and Adam Lallana is absent due to a thigh issue. Lucas and Emre Can come in.

Mamadou Sakho is back on the bench having not been selected in the matchday squad for either of Liverpool's opening two fixtures, while 18-year-old midfielder Jordan Rossiter could be in line for only his second ever first-team appearance.

The headline team news for Arsenal relates to changes at both centre-back positions. Captain Per Mertesacker is ill and usual partner Laurent Koscielny is believed to be suffering from a mild back problem, so Gabriel and the versatile Calum Chambers are called upon to deputise.

Those are Wenger's only alterations from the side that won 2-1 at Selhurst Park on 16 August, although Mathieu Flamini is named among the substitutes following injury problems.

Liverpool: Mignolet, Clyne, Skrtel, Lovren, Gomez, Milner, Can, Lucas, Firmino, Coutinho, Benteke

Subs: Bogdan, Sakho, Moreno, Origi, Ings, Ibe, Rossiter

Arsenal: Cech, Bellerin, Chambers, Gabriel, Monreal, Coquelin, Cazorla, Ramsey, Ozil, Sanchez, Giroud

Subs: Ospina, Gibbs, Debuchy, Arteta, Flamini, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Walcott

Team news is expected in around five minutes time, but first some bad news on the transfer front for expectant Arsenal fans.

Despite some rogue reports suggesting that Karim Benzema was definitely on his way to north London this week, the French striker has tweeted this afternoon to confirm that he is staying with Real Madrid.

Will Wenger move for anyone else to bolster his frontline before next week's deadline, or will his obvious faith in the talents of Olivier Giroud remain unwavering?

Good evening and a very warm welcome to IBTimes UK's live coverage of the latest Premier League clash between heavyweights Arsenal and Liverpool from the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners lost their previous fixture here, with goals from Cheikhou Kouyate and Mauro Zarate – not to mention two uncharacteristic errors from new goalkeeper Petr Cech - condemning Arsene Wenger's side to an underwhelming 2-0 defeat on the opening weekend.

Arsenal recovered to beat Crystal Palace last time out, but they may face another tough test tonight from a Liverpool outfit that seem to have recovered from last season's late blip to boast a 100% record following consecutive victories over Stoke City and newly-promoted Bournemouth.

Stay tuned for team news, confirmed line-ups and live updates throughout the evening.