The last game of the weekend saw third-place Arsenal host league leaders Liverpool.
Trailing by 5 points, a win was a must if the Gunners wanted to keep their dreams alive of lifting the Premier League title come May.
The first half saw Arsenal control the game for large spells, with a swift counterattack thanks to David Raya and Martinelli creating an opportunity that should have seen the Gunners take an early lead.
Despite the significant opportunity missed, the pressure was maintained until eventually, Arsenal found a deserved breakthrough. Martin Ødegaard picked out Kai Havertz whose shot fell straight back to Bukayo Saka, the Arsenal number 7 made no mistake as he slotted the ball home to give Arsenal the advantage.
The first half looked to be coming to a close with the Gunners in front, until a miscommunication between William Saliba and Arsenal goalkeeper David Raya. This led to the ball unfortunately deflecting and ending up in the back of the Arsenal net.
The bouncing atmosphere around the Emirates came back out rather deflated, with Liverpool’s late equalizer dampening supporters’ spirits. The early stages of the first half arguably saw Liverpool’s best phase in the match, maintaining more possession and piling the pressure upon Arsenal.
The Gunners soon upped their tempo and a mistake between Virgil Van Dijk and Liverpool keeper Alisson saw Gabriel Martinelli send the Gunners back ahead. Despite chances to make it 3-1, the next big moment in the game arrived when Konate blocked off Kai Havertz. Anthony Taylor acted without hesitation, handing him a second yellow and subsequently reducing Liverpool to 10 men.
Arsenal now had the numerical advantage. A brilliant piece of skill from Leandro Trossard saw him skip past Harvey Elliot and race down the touchline. A slight deflection on his shot proved enough to beat Alisson and slot away Arsenal’s third, sealing a well-deserved 3-1 victory.
From a personal perspective as a match-attending fan, the atmosphere (bar 10 minutes after the Liverpool equalizer) was electric. The fans were behind the players from minute one, and certain phases in the game had goosebumps running across my whole body.
Come full-time North London Forever rang out, capping off a superb display from Mikel Arteta’s men. The question now on everyone’s lips, is who will lift that Premier League trophy come May?