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.