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Highlights: Arsenal 0-2 Liverpool | Jota's double sends the Reds to Wembley

Watch key highlights from the Reds' Carabao Cup semi-final second leg victory over the Gunners at the Emirates, thanks to two goals from Diogo Jota.



HIGHLIGHTS | Arsenal vs Liverpool (0-2) | Carabao Cup

A goal in each half from Diogo Jota were enough to send us crashing out of the Carabao Cup on a hugely disappointing night at the Emirates.

Having worked so hard at Anfield last week in the first leg of this semi-final to keep the tie in the balance at 0-0, we were unable to make the most of home advantage, and didn't create enough against well organised Liverpool side.

A bright opening quarter of an hour was just about as good as it got for us on the night.

We started on the front with Gabriel Martinelli heavily involved on the left wing. He won two corners in the opening five minutes with his industry and persistence, but it was another set piece that gave us our first opportunity.

Bukayo Saka was fouled just outside the area in a central position, and captain Alexandre Lacazette curled his free-kick against the bar.

We had made all the early running, only for Liverpool to have the ball in the net after 13 minutes. However the vociferous Emirates crowd were relieved to see the offside flag raised against Joel Matip as he scored from close range following a corner.

Seven minutes later though, they had one that did count. Jota ran at Takehiro Tomiyasu on the counter attack, capitalised on a slip from the Japanese full back, then mishit a shot that squirmed into the net from outside the box.

It was very much against the run of play, but after falling behind, we struggled to regain our fluency. The visitors started to enjoy more of the ball, and we failed to threaten as the first half drew to a close.

The second half began with a fine pass over the top from Sambi Lokonga, into the path of Lacazette, but the striker fired over.

Liverpool also blazed a shot over the bar moments later, from an even better position. Kaide Gordon the guilty party from close range after good work again by Jota to outstrip Ben White.

Liverpool came even closer from a corner, when substitute Ibrahima Konate's header thumped against the post.

The game was beginning to get stretched as we went in search of the all-important goal, and we were living on our nerves at times. Martinelli was in the right place in his own box to block a Takumi Minamino shot.

At the other end of the pitch the livewire Brazilian had a rising effort saved at the near post.

Mikel Arteta sent on Thomas Partey and Eddie Nketiah for the final 15 minutes, but it was Liverpool who struck the killer blow.

Jota was the goalscorer again, narrowly beating the offside trap before lifting the ball over the advancing Aaron Ramsdale.

The mountain we now had to climb proved insurmountable, and there was a further blow late on when Partey was sent off for a second bookable offence.

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We delivered a display of incredible heart and character to secure a goalless draw in the first leg of our Carabao Cup semi-final with Liverpool despite playing with 10 men for more than 67 minutes at Anfield.

With Granit Xhaka sent off midway through the first half for a tackle on Diogo Jota, we stood firm, dug in and showed a steely resolve to frustrate the home side.

Such a performance delighted Mikel Arteta and his staff, and means it will be winner-takes-all in the second leg at Emirates Stadium next week.

With Martin Odegaard, Emile Smith Rowe and Takehiro Tomiyasu all ruled out of this match, numbers were tight and we had to name a young bench.

The hosts, who were almost at full strength apart from those away on Africa Cup of Nations duty, made a fast start and Aaron Ramsdale had to be alert to deal with a teasing Andy Robertson cross.

We soon lost Cedric to injury to further disrupt Arteta’s plans, and not long afterwards Roberto Firmino looked certain to score when he met another cross from the left only for Ben White to clear off the line.

We were up against it, and the task suddenly became even greater when Xhaka was sent off for taking out Diogo Jota as the last man in the 23rd minute.

Arteta reacted immediately by taking off Eddie Nketiah and bringing on Rob Holding and switching to a back three in an effort to stifle the home attack, and it had the desired effect for the rest of the first half.

Immediately after the restart, Takumi Minamino came close with a cross that nearly flew into the top corner as the hosts laid siege to our goal.

But for all their dominance, we stood firm – getting men behind the ball, defending as though our lives depended on it and, led by the superb Bukayo Saka, proving a threat on the break.

Anfield was getting increasingly restless as we entered the final 20 minutes, and with Arteta and his staff willing the team on animatedly from the touchline, we were growing in confidence.

We then carved out a big chance as Kieran Tierney rampaged forward, and his cross was touched on by Saka in the area before taking a shot that Alisson saved.

It was tight and tense, but in the last minute Liverpool were presented with a huge chance when Ramsdale’s punch came to Minamino in the box, but with an open goal he flashed his shot over the bar.

Despite some late pressure, we stood firm to hold out for what felt like a huge draw considering the circumstances. What a display of character.

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HIGHLIGHTS | Norwich vs Arsenal (0-5) | Premier League | Lacazette, Saka, Smith Rowe, Tierney

We won our fourth Premier League match on the bounce – five in all competitions – with a comprehensive victory at Norwich on Boxing Day.

In a match we dominated for large parts, Bukayo Saka scored once in each half, sandwiched by a fine Kieran Tierney strike and an Alex Lacazette penalty and Emile Smith Rowe’s injury-time strike ensured we moved to within three points of third-placed Chelsea.

Having been hit with a spate of Covid absences, Mikel Arteta had to shuffle his pack and with no fit specialised right back, Ben White moved across and Rob Holding came into the heart of the defence.

Our recent fine form had given us confidence to attack the Premier League’s bottom club right from the off, and it only took us six minutes to open the scoring.

Martin Odegaard – outstanding in recent weeks – was once again at the heart of it, receiving the ball in the box after good work from Gabriel Martinelli and Lacazette, and feeding Saka to sweep home.

We continued to press forward and Lacazette had a good chance to double our advantage but miscued a header wide from close range, while Saka and then Martinelli also tried their luck.

Two minutes before the interval we finally made our pressure count as Odegaard picked out the onrushing Kieran Tierney in plenty of space on the left, and the Scotland international raced into the box and found the far corner.

We continued to dominate after the restart and thought we had a third when Martinelli’s shot deflected into the far corner – but the Brazilian was flagged for offside.

But we did not have long to wait to extend our lead, Saka collecting the ball on the right of the area, wrapping up Brandon Williams in knots and firing a fierce shot into the far corner.

We were handed the chance to make it four when Lacazette was barged down in the area, and the skipper made no mistake from the spot.

Smith Rowe only on the pitch a matter of minutes wrapped things up in injury time with a close-range finish, capping off a fine win on the road.

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HIGHLIGHTS | Arsenal vs Sunderland (5-1) | Carabao Cup | Nketiah (3), Pepe, Patino

Eddie Nketiah scored his first senior hat-trick and Charlie Patino scored on his debut as we sealed our place in the Carabao Cup semi-finals with a comprehensive victory against Sunderland.

We came into the match in fine form in the competition, having scored 11 times without concession – and Mikel Arteta picked a mix of youth and experience in his line up.

While much of the pre-match talk centred around the inclusion of 18-year-old Charlie Patino in the matchday squad for the first time, the starting XI had a job to do and they set about it instantly.

Within five minutes Nketiah had headed a fine Cedric cross over the bar, and it set a theme as we focused many of our attacks down that flank.

Our Portuguese right back soon found Flo Balogun at the back post with another accurate delivery, but the striker headed wide – and then saw a low shot saved moments later.

Cedric continued to get forward at will into dangerous areas – and he played a key role in our opener, sending in a fine corner that Rob Holding directed towards goal, and while the header was saved, Nketiah was there to force it over the line.

We doubled our advantage not long afterwards, Cedric combining with Nicolas Pepe on the overlaps before cutting the ball back to the Ivorian forward in the area, and his shot flew into the roof of the net. It was a fine way for Pepe to mark his 100th game in our colours.

It was plain sailing at this point, but Sunderland got themselves back into the game with a well-worked move that saw Nathan Broadhead race in behind our defence and beat Bernd Leno.

Our goalkeeper had to be alert a few minutes later to push a goalbound effort from Carl Winchester around the post, and while Emile Smith Rowe went close at the other end there was no further troubling of the scoresheet before the interval.

But just four minutes into the second half we extended our advantage again as Nuno Tavares got into space down the left and delivered a fine cross to the near post, for Nketiah to finish confidently for his second of the night.

The visitors continued to come forward and came close with a curling effort from Elliot Embleton that struck the outside of the post.

Nketah completed his hat-trick in fine style, backheeling home after superb work from Martin Odegaard and Nicolas Pepe.

Patino came on to warm applause as the 886th player to represent the club with 10 minutes remaining, and claimed a fairytale debut goal in injury time as he poked home Pepe’s cross.

It was a fantastic moment, but the night belonged to Nketiah who walked off with the match ball having sealed our place in the semi-finals.

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A thoroughly dominant first-half performance laid the platform for an excellent away win at Leeds.

Gabriel Martinelli netted twice and Bukayo Saka was also on target in a mesmerising opening 45 minutes, in which we mustered 11 shots on target - the most in a single half of Premier League football since 2003/04.

Leeds rallied briefly in the second half, scoring from the penalty spot, but Emile Smith Rowe came off the bench to net his seventh Premier League goal of the season late on to seal the three points.

There were signs of what was to come from the very first whistle. We had three very good chances within moments of kick off.

Martin Odegaard found Alexandre Lacazette with a fantastic throughball, but the Leeds keeper Illan Meslier was down well to deny him when one on one. The rebound was prodded wide by Saka and with our next attack Thomas Partey saw his shot turned away at the near post.

It was a bright start full of intent and ambition, with Kieran Tierney next to test the keeper with a right-footed strike.
That was all in the first five minutes, and the game settled down until Martinelli lashed us into the lead.

The Leeds defence hesitated, appealing for a foul by Lacazette, but referee Andre Marriner waved play on, and crucially Martinelli remained alert, to smash the ball home. VAR also saw nothing untoward with the strike.

The goal brought up a milestone for the Gunners - it was our 7,000th scored in the top-flight of English football, becoming the third side to the landmark, after Everton and Liverpool. Our first came some 117 years ago.

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We moved into the top four on Wednesday after goals from Gabriel Martinelli and Emile Smith Rowe wrapped up an impressive win against West Ham United.

Having cruised past Southampton last time out, it was no surprise to see Mikel Arteta name an unchanged side as we looked to build on the momentum we built up there.

We certainly came flying out of the blocks, the intensity shown the team only matched by that of the fans in a packed Emirates Stadium.
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We were beaten on the road at Manchester United on Thursday night after a topsy-turvey game ultimately went the way of the home side.

Unbeaten in our last three visits to Old Trafford prior to this clash, we started on the front foot, zipping the ball about and keeping the hosts at arm’s length.

Having come close with an in-swinging corner that caused chaos within the first minute, we eventually made our set piece prowess count for the opening goal – but it was not without a hint of controversy.

That arose because when the ball was delivered into the box, United midfielder Fred stepped on David de Gea’s ankle and the goalkeeper went down. The loose ball fell to Emile Smith Rowe, and he finished smartly.

Cue mass confusion. It had to be a goal didn’t it, as no Arsenal player was involved in the clash with De Gea? Eventually after much debate, the goal was given and our fine start had its reward.

But after that we were pushed back by the hosts, who although not at their best, were causing problems – and eventually they found their equaliser just before the interval, Bruno Fernandes poking home from close range.

We started the second half on the front foot and Gabriel’s header soon brought a good save from De Gea, while at the other end Aaron Ramsdale had to be alert to deny Cristiano Ronaldo.

But the Portuguese wouldn’t be denied and minutes later he converted from Marcus Rashford’s cross to put the hosts in front.

But back we came, and an incredibly open start to the second half soon had another goal as Partey picked out Martinelli on the right, and his cross found Martin Odegaard and the Norwegian found the corner with a pinpoint strike to equalise.

The game remained open with Aubameyang having half a chance with a fierce drive that De Gea saved, but at the other end a tangle between Odegaard and Fred ended in a penalty for the hosts – and Ronaldo made no mistake from the spot.

We pushed and pushed to claw our way back into the match once more, but there was to be no late equaliser and we ended empty-handed from a frustrating night.

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