The clash at Emirates was a clash that had a huge impact on the Premier League table but was almost halted due to a protester making his way onto the pitch.
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Referee Andre Marriner forced to delay a Liverpool tee off a few seconds after a young man in a T-shirt reads “just stop the oil” and “we have no future” emerge from the Emirates crowd and take to the pitch to try to tie his own hands around the goal. Managers rushed in and dealt with the matter quickly, pulling protesters out of goal before the game resumed.
The activist barely put up with many fights as he was cornered with ads and really just seemed resigned to the fact that his stunt didn’t go as planned. It remains unclear whether the protest was carried out on behalf of any particular group or organization.
Liverpool finally took all three points without any further interruptions after .’s goals Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino enough to put the Reds just one point behind their championship competitors City of Manchester. Pep Guardiola will worry about how far the Reds have closed the gap on his side with the remaining nine games of the season.
The pair will face off at the Etihad in early April in what has been billed as the biggest match of the campaign for both teams. After 22 games, Man City led the Red Devils by nine points, seven games later, that advantage has been cut by eight.
The result is a body blow to Arsenal who are desperate to secure the coveted fourth place as a means of securing Champions League football next season for the first time since the 2016/17 campaign. The Gunners are still fourth despite the defeat, although ideally would put daylight further between them and fifth place Manchester United.
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Mikel Arteta’s side went to Aston Villa for a start on Saturday afternoon in what is now a crucial game, but the Spaniard has bemoaned the Premier League’s fixture list. and thinks the Gunners’ remaining schedule is “unfair”.
Playing on Wednesday night and again on Saturday in the middle of the day could take a toll on his players physically. “Thank you so much to Premier League to do it,” he said sarcastically during his post-match press conference. “And they did it again when we had to play Chelsea and Manchester United.
“So if they want to give them any advantage, I say today, thanks a lot for doing that.” Don’t worry on Saturday, the players will be there with energy. They will sleep, eat well. But thank you so much Premier League for bringing games like this. Very, very helpful. “
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