Arsenal and Liverpool served up another classic on Friday as they played out a 3-3 draw to share the spoils at the Emirates.
The Reds dominated the first half, although they really should have been ahead by three or four goals instead of just the solitary goal by Philippe Coutinho at the break. Their lead was doubled less than ten minutes into the second half through the unstoppable Mohamed Salah.
But, Arsenal made a quick turnaround in a fantastic five-minute spell as Alexis Sanchez, Granit Xhaka and Mesut Ozil socred a goal each to give the Gunners the lead. The visitors had the last say in the match though, with Roberto Firmino scored from a powerful finish to ensure the match ended all square.
While the match was quite the spectacle for the neutrals, fans of either side were hardly amused, with the respective managers copping a lot of flak as well, starting with the Arsenal fans.
Same old Arsenal pic.twitter.com/FqT6ecgdlZ
— Nasra (@nasra__18) December 22, 2017
Nothing is more Arsenal than falling 2-0 behind then going up 3-2 and then losing the lead
— Buy Goreztka (@BasedChasen) December 22, 2017
Arsenal 3 – 3 Liverpool pic.twitter.com/aM8ZVM4Cwu
— santa claura 🎅🏻 (@lauraw97_) December 22, 2017
Wenger had his time and money. Time for a new manager to sort this mess out. Arsenal too easy to defend against and void of ideas. #UTA
— Same old (@PaulGoff1) December 16, 2017
Don’t even enjoy watching Arsenal anymore, just want Wenger to move on tbh.
— Daryl E. (@daryl_ei) December 22, 2017
Supporting Arsenal takes it toll 😔 pic.twitter.com/etlmiPZgf0
— Paul MCG AFC 🇮🇪 (@Paulmcg2017) December 22, 2017
When all is said and done, we can talk about contracts, poor performances etc BUT Wenger should not be allowed to rebuild another squad, it just gives everything a clean coat of paint before the cycle repeats itself.
— Mr FishFinger (@BlockNinety8) December 22, 2017
Somebody needs to dash Wenger down like this, so he knows how we feel as fans pic.twitter.com/wT012ysRpR
— It’s A Lot 🇯🇲🇮🇳 (@KingKongCourts) December 22, 2017
Liverpool fans weren’t far behind, with the criticism of their faltering defence, as well as Jurgen Klopp.
— lfcway (@lfcway) December 22, 2017
Klopp is a pretender, and Liverpool will never push on with him in charge. Same old defensive frailties that cost team points, and no signs of any improvement. #MOTD2
— Ciaran (@ciarancdub22) December 10, 2017
Same old problem with Liverpool, terrible defence and a rubbish goalkeeper👎
— Keiran Williams (@williams_keiran) December 22, 2017
Klopp should do this. Klopp should do that. Klopp should, has, must. The same thing you’re saying over and over again lol. He should have done all those hypotheticals in last summer’s transfer window. Him and FSG both messed up. It will cost us this season. 100%. #LFC
— Timmy Robson (@WaveyTimz277) December 23, 2017
Liverpool let go a 2 goal lead pic.twitter.com/EvyOey3uIk
— yaqub (@yakuubu11) December 22, 2017
Klopp really said he couldn’t find any defender that would improve his defense
Then concedes 3 goals in 5 minutes.
Truth is stranger than fiction
— kenna (@kennagq) December 22, 2017
Liverpool have conceded 23 goals this season, Burnley have conceded 12. WBA who are 2nd from bottom have only conceded one more (24) pic.twitter.com/OGrUKzibsD
— Ricky Mann (@RickyMann4) December 22, 2017
Simon Mignolet was singled out for criticism as well, after playing a major role in his side’s defensive capitulation, while Petr Cech wasn’t spared either.
— SCARFACE (@LFC_LION) December 22, 2017
— Spoonz (@Spoonydon) December 22, 2017
— Bartington Forge (@clivec71) December 22, 2017
Simon Mignolet and Petr Cech’s performances in that match 👀 pic.twitter.com/WcNeVSbbh6
— Alex Watt (@AlexWatt187) December 22, 2017
One user summed the state of the Arsenal and Liverpool defensive setups perfectly.
— ᗷɅᔕᕼ (@XIBASH) December 22, 2017