Arsenal and Liverpool Share Spoils in 6-Goal Thriller

Analysis of Alexis Sanchez's performance during Arsenal's 3-3 draw against Liverpool

The Professor vs the Normal One; the perennial underperformers vs the most devastating counter-attacking unit in England - two profoundly distinct styles of football clashed at the Emirates Stadium in a 3-3 draw as both Liverpool and Arsenal failed to close the gap on defending champions Chelsea who are third in the Premier League standings.

The result means fourth placed Liverpool remain one point above fifth placed Arsenal after the Christmas schedule got off to a cracker in North London.

The visitors bagged a two-goal lead, though the Gunners leveled the game before going in front.

However, they found themselves 3-2 down after Alexis Sánchez, Granit Xhaka and Mesut Özil hit back for the hosts in the space of five frenzied minutes.

Arsene Wenger and Jurgen Klopp are supposed to be world-class managers but their team's defensive showings continue to be the stuff of amateurs.

Liverpool will be without captain Jordan Henderson for Swansea's visit after the England midfielder pulled up with a hamstring injury in the early exchanges on Friday.

Despite that setback, Klopp could still call on his "fab four" of Coutinho, Salah, Firmino and Sadio Mane.

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The likes of Jack Wilshere, Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey all have attributes which are best utilised higher up the pitch- therefore all would be better suited with a more defensive midfield partner.

However, his replacement James Milner began the goal rush when he released Salah whose cross was glanced home by Coutinho for his first-ever headed goal for the Reds.

Mignolet has faced 52 shots on target over the course of the season (only Thibaut Courtois and Ederson have had less shots on targets against them in terms of goalkeepers that have played 15 games or more this season).

Encounters between Arsenal and Liverpool are usually action packed no matter of the situation but with all this in mind there could be explosions under the Emirates' Friday night lights. Sanchez had been totally anonymous up to that point, but the Arsenal forward sprang to life to reduce the deficit 60 seconds after they fell two behind.

"There are times in the game when you've got to tighten up and not make those mistakes for five minutes". But to lose three goals in five minutes, it's an obvious problem.

Suddenly, Liverpool were in disarray and Wenger's men struck again with a majestic move in the 58th minute.

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