Liverpool 0-2 Arsenal
Goals by summer signings Lukas Podolski and Santi Cazorla handed Arsenal an easy 2-0 victory at lacklustre and winless Liverpool.
It was a third clean sheet in a row for the Gunners who, after making a slow start to the match, were in the end comfortable winners. However, Brendan Rodgers' side are really struggling with Steven Gerrard at fault for the opening goal and Luis Suarez once again misfiring in front of goal. In addition, recent signings Fabio Borini and Nuri Sahin failed to make an impact on the match. After a very scrappy first third to the game, during which neither side were able to create a clear-cut opening, Arsene Wenger's team took the lead with a fine goal in the 31st minute. Gerrard gave the ball away, allowing Arsenal to launch a swift counter-attack, which ended with Podolski firing a low left-footed drive past Pepe Reina. Teenager Raheem Sterling, as he had been last weekend against Manchester City, was Liverpool's most potent threat going forward and the teenager hit the outside of a post after doing brilliantly to outfox Thomas Vermaelen. The game opened up after the interval and Suarez forced Vito Mannone to make a smart save before Arsenal wrapped up the win with a second goal in the 68th minute. Podolski this time turned provider, the German setting up Cazorla to fire a fierce drive past Reina. The Liverpool goalkeeper should have done better although it was not as bad an error as the one that gifted Hearts a goal in the Europa League at Anfield in midweek. Although the lively substitute Jonjo Shelvey tried to drive Liverpool forward and did force Mannone to make a couple of saves, Rodgers' bedraggled side were a well-beaten outfit as Arsenal strolled to a routine win.