Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal: Five Things We Learned

Lovren returns to Liverpool training ahead of Arsenal showdown

The north London side managed to halve the deficit in the second half after Alexis Sanchez teed up Danny Welbeck to offer Arsenal hope of a comeback. Here are five things we learned during the match.

In season 5 of Friday Night Lights, Coach Taylor drops his star player, his quarterback Vince Howard, who had turned from a team player into playing exclusively for himself. Their failure to really challenge Liverpool in the match only hammered the point home more emphatically.

The second goal was worse; Liverpool were able to create an overlap in Arsenal's penalty box, with Sadio Mané in acres of space.

Ibrahimovic, fresh from scoring twice in United's Wembley triumph over Southampton, had a wretched afternoon and not just because his second-half penalty, with the score at 1-1 was stopped by Artur Boruc, who gave an inspired performance.

Firstly, he was sending a message to Alexis that he isn't above the law at Arsenal.

They continued to assert their dominance and would go into the break with a two-goal cushion after Mane fired past Petr Cech from the edge of the area.

Alexis came on for Francis Coquelin at half-time to try and turn the game around. Who provided the assist?

Managers and players from both sides are under vast pressure coming into this fixture, however none more so than Wenger, who is already rumoured to be on the way out of a club that many feel he built.

The Chilean, who is the league's joint top-scorer, has been petulant in recent weeks as Arsenal's season has crumbled and with Wenger confirming prior to the game that there was no injury scare, it was obvious the manager was making an example of his star player.

Giroud was eventually replaced by Lucas Perez on the 74th minute and grimaced as he ran off the pitch.

The Swedish striker was involved in numerous flashpoints in a thrilling game, notably when he elbowed Tyrone Mings in the head moments after the defender appeared to tread on the face of Ibrahimovic late in the first half.

A number of teammates are said to have confronted Sanchez in the changing rooms, where the former Barcelona player's attitude was brought into question. The Nigerian youngster is ponderous on the ball, slow to react and rarely tracks back, putting his team in danger at vital moments. The last time Arsenal were seriously competing for a major trophy was in the 2005-2006 season.

Murphy has already had his say on the state of Liverpool's current line-up, telling talkSPORT on Tuesday that their squad just isn't good enough.

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