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Arsenal v Liverpool: Arsenal Move Five Points Clear in Premier League Title Race

The latest Arsenal v Liverpool fixture proved Arsenal’s resilience and helped them maintain their lead at the top of the Barclays Premier League. For Liverpool supporters it was a case of what could have been as a Jordan Henderson tap in from a Daniel Sturridge pass was denied by referee Martin Atkinson.

Even if the equaliser had stood when Liverpool were a goal behind, Arsenal were too good on the day. Santi Cazorla took the Gunners first goal on the 19th minute with a fine strike and Aaron Ramsey scored his 10th of the season with a long-range effort on the hour mark.

The 2-0 victory for the Gunners came on a day when their main rivals, Chelsea, were beaten by Newcastle, and it helped to build confidence in the league leaders who have lost their previous two matches at home, against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League and also against Chelsea in the Capital One Cup.

“It was important to respond to convince people that we can win these big games,” Arsene Wenger said after the match. “To win it in a convincing way is even more important.”

Arsenal has taken 25 points from the last 27 available in the Premier League and they remain the only side to have scored in each league game this season. They’ve taken the lead in 9 of their last 10 fixtures, which is better than any other Premier League club, but it’s their defensive performance that the Gunner’s manager praised the highest. “Our defensive performance was outstanding. We kept Daniel Sturridge, Luis Suarez, Steven Gerrard and then Philippe Coutinho quiet - and for that our defenders deserve a lot of credit.”

Arsenal has got off to a great start this season but it’s probably too soon to start engraving the Premier League trophy with their name. But that’s not deterring Aaron Ramsey, who’s upbeat about the gunner’s chances of winning the league this season, “Our form after Christmas to the end of the season has been phenomenal in the last few seasons.”

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