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Liverpool punish wasteful Arsenal to reach FA CUP fourth round.

Report as Liverpool secured a 2-0 win at Arsenal in the FA Cup; Gunners struggles in front of goal continue as host of good chances go begging; Jakub Kiwior’s own goal (80) and Luis Diaz’s injury-time strike (90+5) seal victory; Jurgen Klopp’s side into fourth-round draw on Monday evening

Luis Diaz and Trent Alexander-Arnold lead the celebrations after Liverpool take the lead at Arsenal through a Jakub Kiwior own goal

Report as Liverpool secured a 2-0 win at Arsenal in the FA Cup; Gunners struggles in front of goal continue as host of good chances go begging; Jakub Kiwior’s own goal (80) and Luis Diaz’s injury-time strike (90+5) seal victory; Jurgen Klopp’s side into fourth-round draw on Monday evening

Monday 8 January 2024 06:08, UK

Luis Diaz and Trent Alexander-Arnold lead the celebrations after Liverpool take the lead at Arsenal through a Jakub Kiwior own goal
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Luis Diaz and Trent Alexander-Arnold lead the celebrations after Liverpool take the lead at Arsenal through a Jakub Kiwior own goal
Arsenal were punished for a host of missed chances as Jakub Kiwior’s own goal and Luis Diaz’s late strike sent Liverpool into the fourth round of the FA Cup with a 2-0 win.

Mikel Arteta’s side finished 2023 with back-to-back Premier League defeats and they started brightly as they looked to respond with a first win of 2024. However, their well-documented struggles in front of goal continued as chance after chance went begging against Liverpool.

Martin Odegaard’s shot rattled the crossbar, while Reiss Nelson and Kai Havertz were also guilty of missed opportunities as the visitors, who hit the woodwork themselves through Trent Alexander-Arnold, got in at the break level.

It was a much more even contest in the second half as both sides fluffed their lines in front of goal. Bukayo Saka could not convert Havertz’s cross, while Darwin Nunez’s pass was behind Diaz as Liverpool threatened on the break.

The breakthrough eventually came 10 minutes from time as Kiwior diverted the ball past Aaron Ramsdale and into his own net before Diaz’s injury-time strike (90+5) sent the Gunners crashing out of the FA Cup with a third straight defeat in all competitions.

Arsenal have only one win in their last seven matches in all competitions as the pressure builds on Arteta to find a solution to his side’s struggles in front of goal.

Meanwhile, Liverpool, who are still in with a chance of winning four competitions this season, can look forward to Monday’s fourth-round draw.

Arsenal came flying out of the traps. Aaron Ramsdale’s long ball over the top was taken down by Nelson, who strode away from Alexander-Arnold. The winger rounded Alisson but with the angle tight his shot hit the side netting.

The Gunners continued to pile the pressure on the visitors as Havertz forced Alisson into action before Nelson saw a shot blocked after Odegaard did not shoot when the chance presented itself.

You could sense the frustration building amongst the home fans and that only continued as another glorious chance went begging. Liverpool created problems of their own making when Joe Gomez was dispossessed by Saka, who immediately sent Havertz through down the middle. Havertz unselfishly teed up Odegaard, who did shoot on this occasion, but the ball cannoned back off the crossbar.

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