Arsenal 3 Liverpool 3: Points shared in classic Christmas cracker

Speaking after the entertaining 3-3 draw, Wilshere told Sky Sports: 'We felt we didn't do ourselves justice in the first half, we played with fear; we were scared to play our natural game. They had an extra yard and we made mistakes.

Joe Gomez switched off at the back post, allowing Alexis Sanchez to head in.

An epic second half initially saw a rampant Liverpool double their advantage shortly after the restart, Salah's shot deflecting in after Firmino led a superb counter-attack. Simon Mignolet, fully aware of Granit Xhaka's threat from distance, failed to deal with a 30-yard effort that was straight at him. When you get a point at Arsenal it is usually OK but after this give me a few minutes to get there.

Roberto Firmino's goal in the 71st minute turned out to be the last of the game in a insane contest, which highlighted both teams defensive frailties.

"Salah gets free. It became a race between Coutinho and Wilshere and Xhaka. We need to sense when it's time to keep the ball more, to tighten things up".

After throwing away another lead, Liverpool stay fourth - a point and a place above Arsenal - but the awful defending from both sides indicated they will struggle for Champions League qualification without improvement at the back. "At Bournemouth I played a lot of games", he said.

However, he has won the fans over with his electric performances and is a huge reason the Reds are now sitting in the Premier League's top four.

"In the first half, we were paralyzed, frozen".

Wenger sent on centre-back Shkodran Mustafi for Nacho Monreal, but the fault-lines in Arsenal's defence were still being exposed.

  • Tracy Klein