In a game that had it all to goals, excitement and drama, Arsenal came out on top in a highly-entertaining fixture at the Emirates.
This fixture is the highest-scoring one in Premier League history and after Martinelli’s goal only after 58 seconds, the latest edition looked prime to follow suit with goals as well.
Arsenal twice took the lead through Martinelli and then Saka, but twice were pegged back by the visitors, with goals from Darwin Nunez and Roberto Firmino.
However, the Gunners showed their resilience once again and grabbed a late winner through a Bukayo Saka penalty to return top of the Premier League table after nine games played.
Arteta delighted with Arsenal win
Arteta had nothing but praise for his team after the game. Speaking on his side’s performance, the Spaniard said: “I’m really happy, really proud of the team and really satisfied with the way we played,”
“We showed real desire, composure, quality and courage to play and win the game the way we won it.
“Physically what we have done, and what the players have produced individually was phenomenal. There’s not another way. Against Liverpool you have to match or be better than them at that.”
Arteta also thanked the Emirates faithful, who once again created a rocking atmosphere inside the stadium.
“It’s great, honesty thank you so much to everybody. The way they generate that energy, that togetherness with the team. They are living the game with us. Some days to watch the game and sometimes to live the game with us. They are in every ball, in every action and it’s just magnificent.”
Gabriel Martinelli had a spectacular game and won the man-of-the-match award against Liverpool. Speaking on the players’ contract situation, Arteta added: “We don’t get dragged out about a performance, Gabi doesn’t have to show me whether he plays well or not today. What he deserves is clear, his hunger, his determination, his love for this game and you don’t know where he is going to reach, he’s always asking and willing for more.
Feel-good atmosphere at the Emirates
The Emirates is now looking like a fortress and Arsenal are also claiming points off their rivals so there is every reason to feel good at the moment. The Gunners have already proven to be genuine enough and it is now a question of whether or not they can go all the way or how long they can remain at the top of the Premier League table.
Questions have been asked about the quality of opponents Arsenal have faced in their winning run so far but after defeating Tottenham and Liverpool in successive games, no one can say otherwise anymore.
Arsenal have shown they are a different side this time around and while it remains early to talk about the title, the Gunners are already genuine contenders at this point.
Arsenal will now look to maintain their brilliant form starting with a Europa League fixture against Bodo/Glimt before returning to league action against Leeds at the weekend.