FT: Arsenal 2 Liverpool 0

The referee blows his whistle for full-time and Arsenal have notched an impressive 2-0 victory over Liverpool thanks to goals from Cazorla and Ramsey. The result opens up a five-point lead at the top of the table and leaves Liverpool third.

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Jenkinson is shown a yellow card for a foul in midfield which halts a Liverpool move.

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Ozil has a chance to add a third for Arsenal but his shot from a tight angle fails to beat Mignolet.

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Liverpool almost grab a lifeline as Suarez is presented with a glorious chance for the first time, but he misses the target with a low shot wide of Szczesny's left-hand post from the edge of the area with just the keeper to beat.

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Szczesny looks full of confidence these days and he takes control of his area with a great catch from Henderson's cross.

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Liverpool are enjoying the majority of possession at the moment as Arsenal sit back and focus on protecting their lead.

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Arsenal's third and final change sees Jenkinson come on for Cazorla as Wenger shores things up for the closing stages.

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Szczesny sprints off his line and out to his right on two occasions in quick succession, making himself big to save from Sturridge and then Coutinho.

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Cazorla tries to catch out Liverpool's defence with a long diagonal pass but Mignolet is out quickly to claim the ball.

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Gibbs is unable to continue and Vermaelen comes on to fill in at left-back, with Monreal staying ahead of him.

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Gibbs has to receive treatment after picking up a knock and Arsenal's players are furious that Liverpool waited so long to kick the ball out of play.

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Ozil has been quietly impressive rather than the star of the show today but he nearly pops up with a goal as his low shot from inside the area is well held down to his right by Mignolet.

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Coutinho's cross from the left reaches Sturridge at the far post but it is Suarez who takes the ball on and hits a powerful shot from the narrowest of angles which fizzes across goal and just wide.

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Suarez delivers a free-kick from deep towards the back post which Sakho wins and it comes off an Arsenal player to go out for a corner.

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Wenger decides to shuffle his pack for the first time and bring on the more defensive-minded Monreal for Rosicky.

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Coutinho's passing again lets him down as he plays it straight into Szczesny's arms from out wide on the left when he must have meant to cut it back.

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Coutinho's passing again lets him down as he plays it straight into Szczesny's arms from out wide on the left when he must have meant to cut it back.

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Ramsey makes a great run but Rosicky's pass is just too heavy and allows Henderson to get the ball back to his goalkeeper.

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Liverpool make their second change of the game as Flanagan is replaced by Moses.

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Flanagan gets forward well down the right but his disappointing cross is comfortably dealt with by the Arsenal defence.

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Gibbs tries his luck with a shot from just inside the area on the left but Skrtel is not going to duck out of the way and takes a blow on his body to concede a corner.

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Coutinho has looked a little rusty since coming on at half-time and his final pass is again poor from a decent position out wide on the left.

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Suarez invites the overlapping Sakho to send over a cross from the left, but it is cut out by Sagna.

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The Emirates Stadium crowd is in full voice as Arsenal come forward again in pursuit of a third goal.

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GOAL! Arsenal make it 2-0 and it is a stupendous goal from Ramsey, whose season just gets better and better. He has the opportunity to let off a shot on the half-volley from 25 yards and he unleashes a powerful strike which dips over Mignolet as it sails into the top corner.

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Arsenal are hunting a second goal now as Liverpool leave themselves open at the back and Cazorla feeds Giroud, but his poked shot is easily held down to his left by Mignolet.

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Toure's pass to Skrtel is too short and Giroud nips in to give himself a glorious chance to make it 2-0. Mignolet rushes out and stays tall as the Arsenal striker goes for a chip but does not get the direction right as the ball hits the side-netting.

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Skrtel gets in front of Giroud to intercept a decent cross from Sagna after another spell of passing from Arsenal.

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Arsenal relieve the pressure by holding on to the ball for a minute or two in midfield, with Ramsey and Arteta both heavily involved.

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More good play from Suarez with a trademark run at the Arsenal defence, but on this occasion he takes one touch too many and the danger fizzles out.

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Suarez looked to be limping after that challenge by Koscielny but he quickly gets back into the action with a cross from the left which finds Henderson at the back post, but he blazes a volley over the top.

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Suarez nearly gets the chance he has been looking for but Koscielny retreats quickly to close him down and his shot from a tight angle ricochets to safety.

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Coutinho has been absent for the past few weeks because of injury but he is a key player for Liverpool and Arteta is watching him closely at the moment as he makes an important tackle on the substitute.

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Arsenal start the second half on the front foot before Cazorla wastes a promising opportunity with a rare stray pass.

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Arsenal get us started in the second half. Liverpool have made a change at the interval, bringing on Coutinho for Cissokho, which is likely to mean they will revert to a back four and change the formation.

The whistle goes for half-time and Arsenal lead 1-0 thanks to Cazorla's volley. There has not been much to choose between the sides after an absorbing 45 minutes, and we are set up for an even more thrilling second half.

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Arsenal's ball retention has been impressive once again today and they work the ball forward for Cazorla, but he is only able to drag his shot wide from 20 yards.

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Giroud gets round Toure before sending in a cross from the left, but there is nobody waiting and Liverpool head it safety.

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Arteta has a vital role to play in the absence of Flamini and he has showed great discipline to help Arsenal out in defence, again getting back here to break up a Liverpool move.

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The ball breaks for Ramsey to set Arsenal on a potentially threatening counter-attack, but the support arrives too late and Liverpool survive.

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Giroud initially holds the ball up well as Arsenal launch it long for a change, but he does not have the pace to get away from Sakho and the defender shows great determination to win it back.

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It is a fascinating encounter at the Emirates Stadium as Arsenal just take the sting out of the game with a period of composed passing in midfield.

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Sturridge leaves Koscielny on his backside with an exquisite piece of skill but then loses his bearings as he brings the ball towards goal and cannot keep it inside the byline.

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Sturridge latches on to a long pass and dinks a shot beyond Szczesny and wide of the post, but it would not have counted as the flag was raised for offside.

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Some more great interplay from Arsenal's attackers nearly creates a chance for Ramsey as he twists inside his defender, but his attempt to pick out a team-mate with a chipped pass does not come off.

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Sturridge tries to grab the game by the scruff of the neck with a direct run from midfield, but his final shot from 20 yards lacks power and is comfortably held by Szczesny.

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There have been some encouraging signs from Liverpool in the opening half hour but Sturridge and Suarez have yet to quite link up to the devastating effect we know they can.

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Cissokho becomes the first Liverpool player to go into the book following a rash tackle on Sagna near the touchline.

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A clever one-two sets Ramsey up for an effort on goal, but his low effort is well parried by Mignolet.

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Gerrard asks referee Atkinson about his decision buit there is no changing his mind now, as Sagna receives a yellow card.

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Lucas concedes a free-kick in a dangerous position out wide but the delivery is poor and Liverpool break quickly. A desperate Sagna fouls Suarez and the referee's whistle blows, but perhaps he should have let play go on as Sturridge went on to play Henderson in for a simple finish at the back post.

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Liverpool had started the game well and Rodgers will be demanding a response from his side after that bolt from the blue by Cazorla, but it is Arsenal who now look fully in control with some typically neat passing moves.

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Arsenal are suddenly in full flow and Mignolet has to make a flying save away to his right to deny Cazorla from the edge of the area after a swift attack.

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GOAL! Cazorla makes it 1-0. Arsenal take the lead with a fine goal as Sagna whips in an excellent right-wing cross after being released by Arteta. Cazorla's header crashes against Mignolet's left-hand post but he reacts quickly to fire an excellent volley in and spark celebrations from the Emirates Stadium faithful.

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Arsenal relieve the pressure with some patient build-up in the Liverpool half, but the respite is only brief as Flanagan wins the ball and embarks on a lung-busting run down the right wing.

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Arsenal are still under the cosh as Liverpool keep men forward, but there are too many bodies for Suarez to wriggle through as the Uruguayan looks to make a mark on the game.

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Liverpool win a free-kick in a decent area and Szczesny does not risk trying to catch Gerrard'd outswinger, instead punching it away for a corner.

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Liverpool are pressing Arsenal really high up the pitch but the hosts seem determined to play their way out of difficult spots.

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It is a captivating battle in midfield at the moment with lots of good one-touch passing but also some strong challenges, with Gerrard getting the better of Arteta on this occasion.

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Arsenal enjoy a spell of slick passing but Liverpool stand firm and the ambitious final ball from Rosicky is easily cut out.

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Henderson dispossesses Cazorla and drives forward. He seems reluctant to shoot but manages to hold off Sagna to get another chance, only to scuff his eventual effort from the edge of the area.

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It has been a nervy start from Mignolet and he kicks a clearance straight out of play under pressure from Cazorla.

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Sturridge shows good strength to hold off a challenge and lead a Liverpool break, but his attempted pass out wide to Suarez is too heavy and bounces out for an Arsenal throw.

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Liverpool have been full of intensity in the first few minutes but Arsenal now look settled too as a sharp passing move ends with Rosicky firing in a low shot from a tight angle which Mignolet gets the slightest of touches on to concede a corner.

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Mignolet slices an attempted clearance and does not get much distance on his kick, but it does not drop into a position that is too dangerous and Arsenal cannot take advantage.

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Liverpool win a free-kick 35 yards from goal but Gerrard's delivery fails to beat the first man as Arsenal get it clear.

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It is a congested midfield in the early stages as both sides strive to gain control and close down their opponents quickly.

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A long ball is aimed down the right-hand channel for Suarez to chase, but Szczesny rushes out to safely gather.

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Liverpool get the game started, and let us hope for an exciting encounter between two in-form sides. Whoever wins will end the night in top spot.

"This is Fayez from Amman, im a LFC fan and not impressed by our squad for the night, the game is gonna be fab, sure that the SAS will give us a leading score by the end of the first half, 1-3 for the Pool. YNWA!!"

Arsene Wenger has spoken to the TV ahead of the match and, after confirming that Jack Wilshere misses out because of an ankle knock, he admits that it will be important to remain 'sound at the back' and 'control the ball' against Liverpool.

Jensen from Sydney says: "Brendan must have seen signs in training about Flanagan. In fact, I was at Emirates when Carragher suffered head injury before Kuyt equalised 1-1. I appreciated how Flanagan kept his composure during all events. As long as the five defenders tackle well, I'm confident the front five can score against Gunners. Fancy a 1-1 draw or a Liverpool victory!"

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has been giving his thoughts ahead of the game and says a win today would be a step towards where they want to be, with the Reds set to go top with three points. However, he is anticipating a tough match against a team that also likes to dominate possession.

Harry Andrews from sunny LA writes: "2-0 to the Gunners is my prediction. Ozil to run the show and Giroud to get both goals. We need to bounce back from that defeat to Chelsea and this could be one of the biggest games of our season if we can prove we're capable of competing with the top teams."

The big team news for Liverpool is that Glen Johnson misses out through illness, so Jon Flanagan came into the side. Arsenal - who could move five points clear with victory - are without England midfielder Jack Wilshere, who has been carrying an ankle problem. Mikel Arteta returns from a one-match ban served in the midweek home Capital One Cup defeat against Chelsea.

Mamun says: "Arsenal have a strong powerful attacking side with a strong midfield and Liverpool would not be able to catch them out . I predict the gunners to win 2-1 . Cmon Gunners."

Duncan McNiven writes: "Been looking forward to this clash for a couple of weeks now. Liverpool fan from north of the border. These are most the most consistent two side in the PL and it should be a cracker !!! My thoughts are a score draw but my heart says a 2-1 win for the Pool. Suarez hat-trick last week was amazing however tougher opposition this week is a big test. Sturridge will make big impact hopefully getting on the score sheet YET AGAIN."

Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Ramsey, Arteta, Rosicky, Ozil, Cazorla, Giroud. Subs: Vermaelen, Monreal, Fabianski, Bendtner, Jenkinson, Akpom, Hayden.

Liverpool: Mignolet, Toure, Skrtel, Sakho, Flanagan, Gerrard, Lucas, Henderson, Cissokho, Sturridge, Suarez. Subs: Brad Jones, Agger, Coutinho, Moses, Allen, Sterling, Kelly.

Conan from Cheltenham has been in touch, saying: "Luis Suarez to run Metersacker ragged. I see a 2-1 win for Liverpool on the cards."

Suarez's name regularly dominates the build-up to a Liverpool game because he is such a magnificent player, but the clash with Arsenal has particular intrigue because the Gunners tried to sign the Uruguayan in the summer after he had voiced his dissatisfaction with life at Anfield. Brendan Rodgers has insisted there was never any chance of Suarez joined Arsenal and the player has responded with a string of eye-catching performances since returning from a ten-match ban.

Liverpool have an opportunity to climb to the summit with a victory in north London, having kept up their fine form with an emphatic 4-1 win at home to West Bromwich Albion last weekend. Sturridge netted a sublime late goal against the Baggies but it was Suarez who stole the headlines with a wonderful hat-trick and he is sure to be one of the central character's in today's plot.

Why not head over to Sky Bet if you fancy a flutter, with Arsenal at 5/4 and Liverpool 23/10. A draw is 12/5, while Arsenal's record signing Ozil is 9/1 to net the first goal.

"Hi Roady (a Gooner here). Am thinking SAS will be netting once but can see Arsenal breaking the slight dip of home form and Giroud and Ozil getting one each. 2-1 Arsenal, possibly half time full time bet worth doing though?"

Arsenal are currently top of the table and unbeaten in the league since the opening day of the campaign, but they are just beginning a tough run of fixtures and it will be interesting to see if they can maintain their position until Christmas. A trip to Old Trafford to face Manchester United lies in store next weekend, followed by a match against high-flying Southampton after the international week, but they will be buoyed by the inconsistency of the other top teams so far this term.

Please get in touch with your views and predictions at Lewis.Rutledge@bskyb.com, or via Twitter @SkySportsLewis. Who will come out on top in this Saturday Night Football showdown? Which player will emerge as the star of the show? Can Arsenal handle the Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge partnership or will it be Liverpool's defence who have the greater problems against Mesut Ozil and co?

Hello and welcome to our minute-by-minute commentary of Arsenal's Premier League game against Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium. At the start of the season it was considered unlikely that either of these sides would challenge for the title, but they have been setting the pace so far and playing some sparkling football. It is still early days, of course, but we should learn more about both teams today in what promises to be a thrilling encounter between two old rivals.

Premier League Fixtures

Saturday, 27 September 2014
12:45
Liverpool v Everton  
15:00
Chelsea v A Villa  
C Palace v Leicester  
Hull City v Man City  
Man Utd v West Ham  
Southampton v QPR  
Sunderland v Swansea  
17:30
Arsenal v Tottenham  
Sunday, 28 September 2014
16:00
West Brom v Burnley  
Monday, 29 September 2014
20:00
Stoke v Newcastle  
Saturday, 04 October 2014
15:00
Hull City v C Palace  
Leicester v Burnley  

Barclays Premier League

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 5 9 13
2 Southampton 5 6 10
3 A Villa 5 0 10
4 Arsenal 5 4 9
5 Swansea 5 2 9
6 Man City 5 3 8
7 Leicester 5 1 8
8 West Ham 5 1 7
9 Tottenham 5 1 7
10 Hull City 5 0 6
11 Liverpool 5 -1 6
12 Man Utd 5 1 5
13 Stoke 5 -1 5
14 Everton 5 -2 5
15 C Palace 5 -2 5
16 West Brom 5 -4 5
17 Sunderland 5 -1 4
18 QPR 5 -8 4
19 Burnley 5 -3 3
20 Newcastle 5 -6 3

Updated Tue, 23 Sep 2014

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