In their battle with Manchester City for the Premier League title, Arsenal lost a two-goal lead against Liverpool at Anfield, squandering two points that may prove to be decisive.
Gabriel Martinelli and Gabriel Jesus scored goals in the first half to put the Gunners in command and on track to regain their eight-point advantage atop the standings.
Though Salah missed a second-half penalty, Roberto Firmino’s 87th-minute header gave the home team a 2-2 draw after Mohamed Salah had pulled one back for Liverpool before halftime.
Yet, Aaron Ramsdale still needed to make two incredible saves in injury time to save Salah and Ibrahima Konate. In that case, it may have been worse for Arsenal.
At Anfield, Arsenal lost two points rather than earned one, and the effects of their inability to cling to a significant victory will be apparent for several weeks.
Arsenal would have maintained the advantage over Manchester City had they been able to play out the game and win at Anfield for the first time since 2012.
The same can now be said of City, who will defend their title if they win their next nine games, even though it still holds for Arsenal, who will win the title if they win all eight of their remaining games.
With a game left to play, City can overtake Arsenal and move to the top by defeating the Gunners at the Etihad later this month. Pep Guardiola’s club is known for being ruthlessly effective at this point in the season when they have a game in hand.
After being so dominant in the first half, Arsenal’s inability to end the game will be their primary source of worry, according to manager Mikel Arteta.
The teams that maintain composure and hold onto lead positions under pressure win titles, and Arsenal failed to do so at Anfield.
The Gunners will know how expensive this draw may be, given that City can win every game until the season’s conclusion. The premier league has entered the final stage, and now it’s a test to see who holds their nerves.