EPL: Arsenal v Liverpool, The Emirates, 12:45pm, 20/8/2011 (0-2)

Joy at last at The Emirates!

An even first-half that saw Arsenal lose Koscielny due to back spasms, continued to be even in the second-half until just before the 70 minute mark, when Frimpong committed his second bookable offence and was sent-off. At virtually the same time, Liverpool substituted Suarez and Meireles for Carroll and Kuyt. Suddenly we had taken control, as the newly introduced players, with their nimble craft and skill, took advantage of 10-man Arsenal.

A nice move around the Arsenal box saw an Arsenal attempted clearance rebound off Ramsey into their own goal.

The game was won when another fine passing move led to Meireles being in space on the right with a shot-on, but instead he centred for a tap-in by Suarez.

An even game was therefore won in the last twenty minutes due to two bookable challenges by the same Arsenal player, as well as timely and effective substitutions.

This performance was initially a solid one where Arsenal play-makers, such as Walcott and Arshavin were kept quiet. Arshavin was probably as much to blame for this as Liverpool were, but Walcott was kept out of the game by an excellent performance by Jose Enrique, who was even better today than he was in a pretty impressive performance last week against Sunderland.

Certainly this week, the players seemed to play at a good tempo and as a team that knew each other well, for the whole game, in a stark contrast to how the Sunderland game ended, after a strong first half.

The two-goal winning margin and early kick-off puts us top, so I will enjoy that for at least the next hour or so, until the rest of the full-times.

Next-up is Exeter away, in the Carling Cup. No bananas, please.

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