• ‘An unbelievable game, the quality of both teams was superb’
  • Arsenal top of table at Christmas after 1-1 draw at Anfield

Mikel Arteta attributed Arsenal’s place at the Premier League summit to increased courage, belief and maturity after they emerged from “one of the most intense games I’ve witnessed in 20 years” with a point at Liverpool.

Arsenal will top the table at Christmas for the second year running having held Jürgen Klopp’s contenders to a deserved 1-1 draw at Anfield, where the Liverpool defender Kostas Tsimikas sustained a broken collarbone. Gabriel Magalhães headed the visitors into an early lead before Mohamed Salah equalised in stunning style. Trent Alexander‑Arnold could have put Liverpool top with a great chance late on but struck the bar.

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