Arsenal player ratings vs Liverpool: Aaron Ramsdale comes to the rescue as Gunners surrender two-goal lead in chaotic match

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The Gunners made a miraculous start but buckled towards the end as they were held to a draw

It took some divine intervention from Aaron Ramsdale to prevent Arsenal from falling to a costly defeat against Liverpool at Anfield.

The Gunners passed up a great chance to restore their eight-point lead at the top of the Premier League by letting slip a two-goal lead.

It looked like they were set for an easy win when Gabriel Martinelli opened the scoring before Gabriel Jesus rose to head past Alisson, putting them 2-0 up within the first 30 minutes of the Easter Sunday clash.

The home team pulled one back through Mohamed Salah, who then failed to equalise by sending his penalty kick wide of the post in the second half. Roberto Firmino came to the Reds' rescue, however, nodding in their second goal.

Indeed, Arsenal would have been beaten in the end had it not been for the wonderful saves from Ramsdale, who ensured the Gunners remain six points clear at the top of the table.

GOAL rates Arsenal's players from Anfield...

  1. Goalkeeper & Defence
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    Goalkeeper & Defence

    Aaron Ramsdale (9/10):

    His stunning stops in the dying moments of the game ensured Arsenal left with a draw. He had a quiet start to the game as Liverpool struggled to hit the target but he sprung into action when needed, coming to the rescue by stopping Darwin Nunez before his last-minute heroics.

    Ben White (5/10):

    Pushed up a lot to support his team in attack but was vulnerable defensively as he gave away too much space. Did not challenge Roberto Firmino as he nodded in the home team's second.

    Rob Holding (7/10):

    Useful in building up from the back and strong defensively but tripped Diogo Jota to concede a penalty.

    Gabriel (7/10):

    Was strong on the left side of defence for the most part but reacted too slowly to allow Mohamed Salah to score Liverpool's first.

    Oleksandr Zinchenko (5/10):

    Moved into a midfield position a lot so Arsenal looked vulnerable on the left side at times, as was proven when Liverpool scored their second goal.

  2. Midfield
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    Midfield

    Martin Odegaard (4/10):

    Was quiet throughout as he seemed to just float around, barely making an impact on either the attacking or defensive side of the game.

    Thomas Partey (6/10):

    Made a couple of tackles but was not heavily involved in the build-up for Arsenal.

    Granit Xhaka (7/10):

    Had more fight to his game than his fellow midfielders but picked up a silly yellow card in the first half and was always at risk of getting sent off.

  3. Attack
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    Attack

    Bukayo Saka (6/10):

    His dash forward helped create the first goal but he was not as threatening as his attacking co-stars. Had a slick move in the Liverpool box but it came to nothing.

    Gabriel Jesus (7/10):

    Was a thorn in the side of the Liverpool defence and fought hard up and down the field. Got free to score his team's second goal with an excellent header.

    Gabriel Martinelli (8/10):

    Reacted well to a deflection off of Virgil van Dijk to slide in the opening goal and then put in a perfect cross for the second.

  4. Subs & Manager
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    Subs & Manager

    Leandro Trossard (5/10):

    Replaced Gabriel Jesus for the last 10 minutes but could not help his side to the victory.

    Jakub Kiwior (5/10):

    Brought on in place of Odegaard to strengthen the defence but it did not work out as the visitors were under incredible pressure afterwards.

    Kieran Tierney (5/10):

    Brought on too late as the Gunners were under a lot of pressure as Liverpool fought for the winning goal.

    Mikel Arteta (6/10):

    His team were off to a flying start against a Liverpool side who looked average for most of the first half. But as the home team put up a proper fight after the break, his team struggled to cope with the pressure. Had it not been for some awesome saves from Ramsdale at the end, Arsenal would have lost.