Bukayo Saka’s double took Arsenal back to the top of the Premier League and to a statement 3-2 win over Liverpool.
Arsenal had failed to score in their past six meetings with Liverpool and not beaten them since July 2020 but capitalised on another slow start from Jurgen Klopp’s men to go ahead after just 58 seconds on Sunday, when the excellent Gabriel Martinelli finished from Martin Odegaard’s through pass.
And yet, Arsenal are a decent side. City travel to Liverpool next week while Arsenal are at Leeds. It is not beyond the realms of imagination that they could further extend the gap at the top.
Liverpool will claim rough justice, that Thiago Alcantara’s penalty area foul on Gabriel Jesus was judged harshly, that they should have had a first-half penalty for handball.
Yet Thiago’s challenge was clumsy – nowhere near a clear and obvious error by Oliver – and Gabriel’s arm was close to the play made by Diogo Jota when the ball struck it.