Published: Mon, December 31, 2018
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

EPL: Iwobi Stars, Grabs Assist In Arsenal Defeat To Liverpool

EPL: Iwobi Stars, Grabs Assist In Arsenal Defeat To Liverpool

The Brazilian had only scored four times in the Premier League this season prior to Saturday's 5-1 rout but boosted that tally to seven with a treble at Anfield.

- Arsenal are now without a win in their last 20 away league games against fellow "big-six" opposition (D7 L13), losing 10 of their last 12 such matches (D2).

Firmino finished his hat-trick with a coolly converted penalty but it was all about his second goal.

Victory over Arsenal, achieved thanks to a first Liverpool hat-trick from Roberto Firmino and goals from Mohamed Salah and Mane after Ainsley Maitland-Niles had given the visitors an early lead made it nine successive league wins.

Firmino equalised from close range after Stephan Lichtsteiner played a clearance against Shkodran Mustafi.

All three of Liverpool's frontline deserve honourable mentions, but Firmino was the standout for his link-up play, clever off-the-ball movement and three goals - the second of which being brilliant. It's going to take the effort of all of them for them to end up winning this.

The form of Lucas Torreira had me anxious in that respect but Liverpool's no.5, Gini Wijnaldum, absolutely bossed the Uruguayan all night. Instead, they came unstuck to the Arsenal "Invincibles", who ended the season an incredible 15 points ahead of third-placed United. Liverpool fell behind in the league at Anfield for the first time since December 30 past year when Alex Iwobi crossed for Ainsley Maitland-Niles to slot home at the far post.

Chiefs vs. Seahawks odds, line
Mahomes Patrick Mahomes is a pretty incredible quarterback but didn't have his best game in Seattle and that's good. The win also gave Carroll his seventh playoff appearance and seventh consecutive winning season with the Seahawks .

Crude spirals to 17-month low amid global economic concerns
The and allies led by Russian Federation agreed this month to cut oil production by 1.2 million barrels per day from January. February West Texas Intermediate CLG9, +0.58% gained $4.69, or 8.6%, to $46.22 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

Ronaldo speaks out on racist chants towards Napoli's Koulibaly
Koulibaly apologised on Twitter for being sent off, though adding: "I am proud of the colour of my skin. Responding to the abuse, Mane posted a picture of his Senegal teammate on Instagram .

Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright perhaps comedically summed it up best in the studio coverage of the game, yelling "why did we have to upset them?!"

You have to look at Liverpool now and it's nearly theirs to lose.

Klopp said: "Fabinho hit two very average passes and he was shaky in the next couple of moments". Later, two stonewall penalty kicks saw the Reds add more to their total. "So far the gesture of the season".

With a crunch clash against Liverpool coming up at the Etihad Stadium next Thursday, Pep Guardiola's men can ill afford to drop more points as they travel to St Mary's on Sunday.

Soon after, Firmino netted his second of the game, this time courtesy of an outstanding solo run after Lucas Torreira lost the ball in the middle of the pitch.

That is the making of Champions, never mind any of the other factors, to be able to consistently take advantage of the moments when your rivals slip is the one thing that wins you titles.

Like this: