Saka’s opener was no more than what the Gunners deserved after a blistering 15 minutes and the England international did not hesitate
Arsenal clawed the gap to Liverpool at the top of the Premier League back to two points with a dominant 3-1 win at the Emirates Stadium.
Bukayo Saka opened the scoring early on before Gabriel put the ball into his own net just before the break to level proceedings.
But the Gunners pushed on in the second half with Gabriel Martinelli and Leandro Trossard netting to seal the win.
Here are five key talking points from a cagey affair in North London.
In a match where Arsenal could make a statement, one of their own stood up to be counted.
Saka’s opener was no more than what the Gunners deserved after a blistering 15 minutes and the England international did not hesitate to exploit the space left by Joe Gomez at the back.
Jurgen Klopp’s insistence on using Gomez in an inverted role meant that the home side’s top scorer was constantly at the heart of their attacks and his goal was a reward for Arsenal’s constant pressing against the league leaders.
For all Arsenal’s dominance in the match, their title credentials were called into question with another disaster at the back.
Liverpool failed to register a shot on target in the first half but a clear lack of communication between Gabriel, William Saliba and David Raya handed the Reds a lifeline going into the break.
The former’s own goal was a needless error and one that stunned the Emirates into silence in what had otherwise been a comfortable afternoon for Mikel Arteta’s side.