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FA Cup Report: Arsenal v Liverpool 07 January 2024

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 07: Luis Diaz and Trent Alexander-Arnold of Liverpool celebrate with teammates their teams first goal, an own goal scored by Jakub Kiwior of Arsenal (not pictured), during the Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Arsenal and Liverpool at Emirates Stadium on January 07, 2024 in London, England. Arsenal wear an all-white kit at home, for the first time in the clubs history, in support of the No More Red campaign against knife crime and youth violence. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Liverpool struck late in the second half to secure a 2-0 win over Arsenal and booked their spot in the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday evening.

FA Cup

Result: Arsenal 0-2 Liverpool

Date: 07 January 2024

Venue: Emirates Stadium

Gunners coach Mikel Arteta handed starts to Aaron Ramsdale, Jorginho and Reiss Nelson while Jurgen Klopp’s side were without Virgil van Djik through illness, as  Jarell Quansah got a start.

The Gunners almost broke the deadlock after ten minutes when Martin Odegaard pounced on a loose ball in the box before seeing his powerful shot hit the crossbar.

Liverpool, meanwhile, were quite wasteful with the ball in the opening stages of the first half and struggled to carve out any clear-cut openings for Darwin Nunez in the attack.

The woodwork came to Arsenal’s rescue before the halftime break as Trent Alexander-Arnold unleashed a powerful strike from distance that cannoned against the crossbar with Ramsdale well-beaten.

The second half was a bit more open but Arsenal should have been ahead on 57 minutes when a well-worked free-kick ended with Kai Havertz picking out Saka, who failed to hit the target at the far post.

Both sides looked to their respective benches after the hour mark, as Liverpool threw on Diogo Jota and Ryan Gravenberch while Arteta introduced Gabriel Martinelli for Nelson.

The deadlock was finally broken with ten minutes to play when Arsenal’s Jakub Kiwior nodded the ball into his own net while trying to clear Alexander-Arnold’s free-kick.

The Gunners threw everything forward in search of an equaliser and even brought out on Eddie Nketiah and Emile Smith-Rowe in the final ten minutes of the second half.

However, the Reds ended any hopes of an Arsenal comeback in second-half stoppage time when Jota turned provider to play in Luis Diaz, who took one touch before rifling the ball into the back of the net.

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