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Gunners Extend Lead At The Top

Arsenal extended their lead at the top of the Premier League table by five points when they beat Liverpool 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium thanks to goals by Santiago Cazorla and Aaron Ramsey.

Arsenal came out attacking from the first whistle and created an opportunity in the sixth minute when midfielder Tomas Rosicky forced a save out of Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.

With just under 10 minutes played the visitors responded and English midfielder Jordon Henderson had a left-footed shot go just wide of the right-hand post.

Henderson then had another shot blocked in the 16th minute, the Arsenal defence doing well to close down the space.

Three minutes later and Arsene Wenger’s men took the lead, Spanish international Santiago Cazorla got on the end of a Bacary Sagna cross and the midfielder’s header crashed against the crossbar, but he slotted the rebound past Mignolet with a cracking volley to open the scoring at the Emirates Stadium.

Liverpool then went in search of an equaliser and on the half-hour mark England striker Daniel Sturridge had a shot from outside the box well saved by Wojciech Szczesny in the bottom corner.

Cazorla could have added a second on the stroke of half-time but the Spaniard’s shot went just wide of Mignolet’s right hand post to keep the hosts a goal ahead of their opponents.

The Reds were lucky not to concede a second as French striker Olivier Giroud somehow wasted a great opportunity after a mistake from Kolo Toure had allowed him to race through on goal.

Rodgers' men were however two goals down a few minutes later when Ramsey shot past a helpless Mignolet with a sublime volley after collecting a square ball from Mesut Ozil.

Liverpool tried to stage an unlikely comeback in the dying stages of the game, Suarez twice wasting glorious opportunities and Wojciech Szczesny thwarting substitute Philippe Coutinho - but Arsenal held on for a well-deserved victory and are now five points clear at the top of the table after London rivals Chelsea had earlier lost to Newcastle.

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