Arsenal vs Liverpool player ratings: Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez in form as Mohamed Salah sparkles again

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    Arsenal vs Liverpool: Player ratings

    We run the rule over the two teams.

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    Petr Cech – 6 out of 10

    Stranded for the first goal by the deflection and it was a nick off Shkodran Mustafi that just took the ball beyond his reach for the second. However, he should have done better for the equaliser as his save needed to push the ball away rather than palm it up and into the net.

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    Hector Bellerin – 6 out of 10

    Appeared to try and take his defensive duties a bit more seriously…for the first five minutes. Afterwards, he rampaged forwards far too often to leave his fellow defenders isolated, although his attacking prowess came in handy during the second half comeback as it was his cross that Sanchez headed in for his goal.

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    Laurent Koscielny – 6 out of 10

    Strong in the air to give Arsenal some sort of dominance at the back, though it mattered little as Liverpool went through them rather than over.

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    Nacho Monreal – 5 out of 10

    Why Wenger still persists with him at centre-back is beyond belief. The Spaniard is consistently isolated in defence as he dallies between his instinct to run forwards and orders to stay back. Ultimately, it leaves Arsenal too short in defence too often.

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    Ainsley Maitland-Niles – 6 out of 10

    Considering he faced the onslaught of Mohamed Salah at his rampant best, Maitland-Niles held up relatively well. He received little help from in front though, and remains a makeshift option at left-back.

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    Granit Xhaka – 6 out of 10

    His first half deserved a three, but whatever was said to him at half-time appeared to work as he finally found his place in the midfield after 45 minutes of rampaging forwards with free abandon. It’s the reason why when Iwobi played the ball back to him, Xhaka was in the right position to unleash a beautifully struck effort that completely flummoxed Mignolet for the second Arsenal goal.

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    Jack Wilshere – 7 out of 10

    Defensively he remains suspect as Firmino and Salah were able to roll him at will, but he was the link between Ozil and Sanchez where they’ve usually had Aaron Ramsey this season. It wasn’t the best of displays in the first half, but he grew into the game and his late run back to rob Salah of the ball displayed his never-say-die determination.

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    Alex Iwobi – 6 out of 10

    Poor in the first half as he was caught in possession on more than one occasion and seemed slightly off the pace going forward. Replaced by Danny Welbeck 15 minutes from time.

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    Mesut Ozil – 7 out of 10

    Looked like he’d struck the match-winner when he coolly chipped the ball past a diving Mignolet for the third goal, but it wasn’t to be. Between him and Sanchez, there’s only one of them that appears to be playing at their best, and it’s the same one who looks slightly more likely to be here next season.

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    Alexis Sanchez – 6 out of 10

    Yes he scored the first goal to trigger the comeback, but he also lost possession far too easily in the first half that left Arsenal pinned in their own half. Substituted again late on that he wasn’t best pleased about. Smart enough to steal a march on Gomez though and he deserves some credit for that.

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    Alexandre Lacazette – 6 out of 10

    Didn’t manage a single shot on target as he was used more for holding the ball up for Ozil and Sanchez to run on to, but a lovely backheel pass allowed Ozil through on goal to score.

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    Liverpool: Simon Mignolet – 5 out of 10

    A comfortable first half quickly descended into a nightmare, although he wasn’t helped by his defence in the slightest. Mignolet could do nothing to stop the first going in, but his weak hand allowed Xhaka to beat him and he was guilty of diving recklessly to allow Ozil to pick his spot for the third. Nearly deceived by Sanchez late on, too.

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    Joe Gomez – 6 out of 10

    Had a solid game until the onslaught came his way, and it was his dallying that allowed Sanchez to steam in ahead of him and score the first that triggered the fightback. Positionally out of place as Sanchez waltzed through for the third.

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    Dejan Lovren – 6 out of 10

    Very good first half undone by a wobbly second half, although you can’t really lay a lot of the blame at his feet bar being sucked in by Lacazette for the third Arsenal goal.

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    Ragnar Klaven – 6 out of 10

    Having to play in the absence of Joel Matip and while he didn’t disgrace himself, it was clear why there is a difference between the two.

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    Andrew Robertson – 6 out of 10

    Didn’t do an awful lot wrong beyond giving the ball away to Wilshere in the first half that came to nothing. He fired a threatening ball to the back post late on that Firmino could only head at Cech, and he was probably the most impressive Liverpool defender, though that wasn’t hard.

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    Jordan Henderson – 5 out of 10

    His night was cut short far too early after tweaking his hamstring chasing Ozil. Replaced by James Milner 14 minutes in.

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    Emre Can – 5 out of 10

    If he was there to shield the back four, he failed miserably after the break. Too often he was seen charging forwards rather than holding station when Liverpool were ahead, and ultimately it cost them.

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    Philippe Coutinho – 7 out of 10

    Left Xhaka and Wilshere in his wake as he chased Firmino to head his deflected effort over the stranded Cech and open the scoring. It was his smart one-two with Salah that led to the second, and he while he wasn’t at his most eye-catching, he was still one of the better performers.

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    Mohamed Salah – 8 out of 10

    Scored one, set-up another and in all honestly should have had two more had he brought the same boots that he’s been wearing this season to stand out as the top goalscorer in the league. Such a dangerous threat with the ball though, and his break-out from his own half to create and finish the second was something of beauty.

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    Roberto Firmino – 7 out of 10

    Another who claimed a goal, created another yet should have left the Emirates with more. Guilty of wasting two headed chances when left unmarked at the back post in the first half, and his late equaliser could easily have been saved had Cech caught it cleanly.

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    Sadio Mane – 6 out of 10

    Unusually quiet for him and each attack that he triggered faltered, whereas for Salah it just seems to click. Replaced by Georginio Wijnaldum with little over 10 minutes remaining.

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