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Arsenal 3 Liverpool 3: Points shared in classic Christmas cracker

Liverpool lead after the first half at the Emirates Stadium in their Premier League away fixture against Arsenal after Philippe Coutinho's lob header gave the Reds the lead in a match they have been dominating.

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 cleared up his relationship with his African team-mate Sadio Mane, saying that the Senegalese is his closest friend in the team.

After throwing away another lead, Liverpool stay fourth - a point and a place above Arsenal - but the terrible defending from both sides indicated they will struggle for Champions League qualification without improvement at the back.

For 52 minutes, Arsenal hadn't troubled a commanding but charitable Liverpool enough to land a shot on target. We have just had a lapse of concentration and it has cost us two points.

The Gunners are fifth with 33 points from 10 wins, five draws and five loses.

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

Sanchez, Xhaka and Ozil - villains for varying reasons on but on this night they swept Arsenal back into contention.

When Xhaka took aim from 35 yards, the Arsenal midfielder?s powerful effort appeared to move in the air, but it was still straight at Mignolet, who tried to make a fisted save but instead diverted the ball into the net. There were mistakes but the tempo it was played at, the boys are still trying to get breath back.

The comeback was seemingly complete thanks to Mesut Ozil's sensational finish, the playmaker chipping Mignolet after a sublime one-two with Alexandre Lacazette, but Firmino beat Cech with 19 minutes left to level the scores.

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