Liverpool survived an Arsenal barrage to secure a thrilling 2-0 win and advance to the FA Cup fourth round. The match saw Arsenal waste several chances, allowing Liverpool to take advantage with late goals from Jakub Kiwior and Luis Diaz. This victory puts Liverpool five points ahead of Arsenal in the title race and sets them up nicely for their upcoming League Cup semi-final against Fulham.
In the absence of injured defender Virgil Van Dijk, Arsenal dominated the first half, creating numerous opportunities. However, Martin Odegaard’s shot hit the crossbar, and goalkeeper Alisson Becker made an impressive save from Ben White’s strike. As Arsenal’s wastefulness continued, Liverpool grew stronger, with Diaz and Diogo Jota coming close to scoring. Eventually, Liverpool broke the deadlock when Kiwior headed into his own net from Trent Alexander-Arnold’s corner. In stoppage-time, Diaz sealed the win with a goal from Jota’s pass.
In other FA Cup action, Manchester City celebrated the return of Kevin De Bruyne, who had been out with injury since August. De Bruyne made a substitute appearance in City’s 5-0 victory over Huddersfield, contributing an assist for Jeremy Doku’s goal. The win reaffirms City’s strength and depth as they compete for multiple trophies.
Elsewhere, Luton and Bolton played out a goalless draw, while Nottingham Forest staged a remarkable comeback from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Blackpool. West Ham was held to a 1-1 draw by Bristol City.