Arsenal news LIVE: Gunners should be 'delighted' with point says Roy Keane, Arteta's Liverpool reaction, Caicedo TWIST | The Sun

ARSENAL were forced to share the points at Anfield on Sunday despite being 2-0 up – but Roy Keane believes that the Gunners should be delighted.

Keane, 51, said: "I think Arsenal should be delighted with a point. [Manchester] City are back in control, but it's a great point.

"They were 2-0 up and comfortable, but you have to be grateful for what you get out of the place."

However, Mikel Arteta didn't voice the same opinion as the Arsenal gaffer stated that the game on shifted momentum after the Gunners conceded a sloppy goal.

Elsewhere, long-term target Moises Caicedo is reportedly set to leave Brighton at the end of the season, and Arsenal are among the sides chasing the 21-year-old's signature.

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  • Kiro Evans

    Neville's Praise

    Gary Neville was impressed with Arsenal's efforts yesterday – despite the Gunners throwing a way a two-goal lead to draw with Liverpool.

    The Sky Sports pundit also reserved special praise for Aaron Ramsdale who made big saves that "could win Arsenal the title."

    Neville added: "If Arsenal go on to win the league this Ramsdale performance won it for them.

    "I think today is a really good point for them.

    "Things happen out there in this stadium [Anfield] that just do not happen in any other stadium."

  • Gary Stonehouse

    MORNING GOONERS

    Arsenal should be glad they managed a point at Anfield against Liverpool… despite going 2-0 up.

    That is according to Manchester United legend Roy Keane, who claims the Gunners should be “delighted” as they didn’t crumble under the stadium’s “energy”.

    Keane told Sky Sports: “I don’t like saying it too much, I’m for Manchester United.

    “There’s something bizarre when you’re defending and last 15-20 minutes, you’re hanging in there and Liverpool are playing to the Kop.

    “It’s extremely difficult, the energy of the stadium. The history of the club. It’s very difficult.

    “I think Arsenal should be delighted with a point. [Manchester] City are back in control, but it’s a great point.

    “They were 2-0 up and comfortable, but you have to be grateful for what you get out of the place.”

    Mikel Arteta was disappointed Arsenal let a two-goal lead go at Anfield to draw 2-2 with Liverpool.

    He told Sky Sports: “Wow. Very intense game. The game was under control but after that we conceded a really sloppy goal and the game shifted momentum.

    “We started well in the first few minutes [of the second half] but then lost control. It became a very transitional game, very chaotic. Liverpool could score three or four. It is true we could have scored two or three so maybe at the end the score is fair.”

    Arteta insisted his team could have won if they matched their first half performance. He continued: “We could have taken three points.

    “We should do that [play like the first half] for another 15 minutes and then the game would have taken a very different trajectory. We didn’t. We have to take the point.”

    Ben White was spotted laughing at Mo Salah following his penalty miss at Anfield on Sunday.

    The Liverpool forward, 30, had already scored in the first half to bring the hosts back into the game after Arsenal had raced into a 2-0 lead with just 28 minutes on the clock.

    And Jurgen Klopp’s men were given a huge opportunity to draw level nine minutes into the second half when Diogo Jota was fouled by Rob Holding and referee Paul Tierney pointed to the spot.

    Salah took responsibility as he stepped up to try and avenge his penalty miss against Bournemouth last month.

    But he failed to hit the target yet again as he rolled his spot kick wide of Aaron Ramsdale’s right post.

    The former Brighton centre-back, 25, could be seen laughing in the background as the Egyptian pulled his shirt over his head in frustration.

    Arsenal’s interest in Brahim Diaz has been confirmed by reports in Italy.

    The Spanish playmaker has been on loan for three seasons at Milan from his parent club Real Madrid.

    And Italian journalist Carlo Pellegatti has claimed although the Rossonneri want to keep him, they could be blown out the water if Arsenal bid for him.

    “The Milan management would like to keep Brahim Diaz, they would like to start a negotiation as if he were a new signing, forgetting the option to buy and buy-back,” Pellegatti told Calciomercato.it.

    “Milan start at 16 million, but there is another variable: it seems that Arteta, the current Arsenal manager, likes the player a lot. The Gunners could offer 30 million. In this case the negotiation would become complicated. There are many variables, but Milan would like to keep him.”

    Moises Caicedo is reportedly still set to leave Brighton, despite penning a new contract.

    The midfielder was the subject of two rejected bids from Arsenal in January and the player wanted the transfer.

    Fabrizio Romano reports that Caicedo could be on the move this summer and Arsenal see bringing him in as a possibility.

    Man City rookie Kian Breckin is on the hitlist of a host of Premier League clubs.

    The 19-year-old midfielder is the son of former Nottingham Forest centre-back Ian.

    The likes of Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, Spurs and Southampton have all watched the midfielder in action.

    Breckin has played 21 times in the Premier League 2 for City’s U21s this season.

    He has an impressive return from midfield, scoring seven goals and providing four assists this term.

  • Jon Boon

    Arsenal should be 'glad' for draw

    Arsenal should be glad they managed a point at Anfield against Liverpool… despite going 2-0 up.

    That is according to Manchester United legend Roy Keane, who claims the Gunners should be "delighted" as they didn't crumble under the stadium's "energy".

    Keane told Sky Sports: "I don't like saying it too much, I'm for Manchester United.

    "There's something bizarre when you're defending and last 15-20 minutes, you're hanging in there and Liverpool are playing to the Kop.

    "It's extremely difficult, the energy of the stadium. The history of the club. It's very difficult.

    "I think Arsenal should be delighted with a point. [Manchester] City are back in control, but it's a great point.

    "They were 2-0 up and comfortable, but you have to be grateful for what you get out of the place."

  • Jon Boon

    Piers' mixed emotions

    SUN columnist Piers Morgan didn't hold back while watching an absolute rollercoaster of a clash between Liverpool and his beloved Arsenal.

    Piers witnessed the Gunners' Premier League title hopes being dealt a blow after a last-gasp 2-2 draw against the Reds at Anfield.

    The TV personality's pre-match confidence paid off after just eight minutes when Gabriel Martinelli put the the North Londoners ahead.

    Mikel Arteta's men then doubled their lead only 20 minutes later with Gabriel Jesus, who showed quite the timing on Easter Sunday – an irony caught up by many, including the TalkTV presenter.

    But Mohamed Salah put the Merseysiders back on the game with a strike just three minutes before half-time.

    Piers, however, felt confident at half-time as he treated himself with a cuppa on his favourite mug and taunted Liverpool fans… a little too soon.

    Tension started to build up afterwards with players getting on each others' faces and the 58-year-old begging usual suspect Granit Xhaka not to see red.

    But the first-half dominance gave way to "torture", which became too much for the SunSport columnist who almost saw his team crumble on 54 minutes when Salah missed a penalty.

    Aaron Ramsdale went on to produce some vital saves, which led to the broadcaster channelling in his inner Meg Ryan.

    But Sally quickly turned into Jack Torrance as Arsenal conceded a last-gasp equaliser by Roberto Firmino just three minutes before full-time.

  • Jon Boon

    White's brutal reaction

    Ben White was spotted laughing at Mo Salah following his penalty miss at Anfield on Sunday.

    The Liverpool forward, 30, had already scored in the first half to bring the hosts back into the game after Arsenal had raced into a 2-0 lead with just 28 minutes on the clock.

    And Jurgen Klopp's men were given a huge opportunity to draw level nine minutes into the second half when Diogo Jota was fouled by Rob Holding and referee Paul Tierney pointed to the spot.

    Salah took responsibility as he stepped up to try and avenge his penalty miss against Bournemouth last month.

    But he failed to hit the target yet again as he rolled his spot kick wide of Aaron Ramsdale's right post.

    The former Brighton centre-back, 25, could be seen laughing in the background as the Egyptian pulled his shirt over his head in frustration.

    Responding to the image, one Arsenal supporter said: "The reaction from Ben White after the Salah’s penalty miss 😂😂🤣."

    Another added: "I just know Ben White laughed in Salah's ear 😭😭😭😭."

    While one spotted it before the picture even began circling, saying: "I really want to see the picture of Ben White when Salah missed that penalty 😂😂."

  • Jon Boon

    Arteta rues draw

    Mikel Arteta was disappointed Arsenal let a two-goal lead go at Anfield to draw 2-2 with Liverpool.

    He told Sky Sports: "Wow. Very intense game. The game was under control but after that we conceded a really sloppy goal and the game shifted momentum.

    "We started well in the first few minutes [of the second half] but then lost control. It became a very transitional game, very chaotic. Liverpool could score three or four. It is true we could have scored two or three so maybe at the end the score is fair."

    Arteta insisted his team could have won if they matched their first half performance. He continued: "We could have taken three points.

    "We should do that [play like the first half] for another 15 minutes and then the game would have taken a very different trajectory. We didn't. We have to take the point."

  • Jon Boon

    Thrilling

    Arsenal were pegged back by Liverpool in a stunning game at Anfield.

    The visitors held on until the 87th minute – when Roberto Firmino scored to rescue a point for the Reds.

    It ended 2-2 – with lots of talking points.

    Aaron Ramsdale proved to be the hero with some amazing saves.

  • Jon Boon

    Neville questions Ramsdale

    Gary Neville appeared to question Aaron Ramsdale after the Arsenal goalkeeper was tended to by physios at Liverpool.

    The Gunners stopper went down just before the 20 minute mark after Andy Robertson missed a glorious chance for the hosts.

    Physios were called onto the field to tend to the stricken stopper, while the rest of the Gunners team gathered in a huddle to get instructions from boss Mikel Arteta.

    And Neville suggested all wasn't as it seemed as the Arsenal players were quick to head over to Arteta, with Ramsdale eventually ok to continue.

    Around 15 minutes later another Arsenal player also went down, with Neville saying it was "clever" if it was a tactic to kill the game.

  • Jon Boon

    Half-time

    The Gunners have been brilliant in that first half.

    They raced into a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Martinelli and Jesus.

    Liverpool pulled one back just before half-time through Salah.

    It's exhilarating but nervy if you are a Gooner.

  • Jon Boon

    And we're underway

    Arsenal have kicked off against Liverpool at Anfield.

    Their aim is to keep the pressure on Man City by winning.

    Can they finally break their hoodoo at this awful of grounds?

  • Jon Boon

    Diaz move

    Arsenal's interest in Brahim Diaz has been confirmed by reports in Italy.

    The Spanish playmaker has been on loan for three seasons at Milan from his parent club Real Madrid.

    And Italian journalist Carlo Pellegatti has claimed although the Rossonneri want to keep him, they could be blown out the water if Arsenal bid for him.

    “The Milan management would like to keep Brahim Diaz, they would like to start a negotiation as if he were a new signing, forgetting the option to buy and buy-back,” Pellegatti told Calciomercato.it.

    “Milan start at 16 million, but there is another variable: it seems that Arteta, the current Arsenal manager, likes the player a lot. The Gunners could offer 30 million. In this case the negotiation would become complicated. There are many variables, but Milan would like to keep him.”

  • Alex Smith

    Anfield nightmare

    Arsenal do not have fond memories of playing against Liverpool away, having failed to win in this fixture in their last nine attempts.

    The last time Arsenal won at Anfield in the Premier League, Mikel Arteta was in the the Gunners team.

    That was back in 2012 when Lukas Podolski and Santi Cazorla scored the goals.

  • Alex Smith

    Line-ups: Liverpool vs Arsenal

    Starting XI: Ramsdale, White, Holding, Gabriel, Zinchenko, Partey, Xhaka, Odegaard, Saka, Martinelli, Jesus

    Subs: Turner, Tierney, Walters, Kiwior, Jorginho, Smith Rowe, Vieira, Nelson, Trossard.

    Meanwhile… Liverpool Starting XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Henderson, Jones, Salah, Gakpo, Jota.

    Credit: Getty
  • Alex Smith

    Saliba not spotted

    Arsenal players have arrived at Anfield ahead of the huge clash with Liverpool.

    Bukayo Saka is expected to be fit enough to start and there was hope that centre-back William Saliba would be back fit.

    However, he has not been spotted getting off the team coach.

  • Alex Smith

    Caicedo to leave Brighton?

    Moises Caicedo is reportedly still set to leave Brighton, despite penning a new contract.

    The midfielder was the subject of two rejected bids from Arsenal in January and the player wanted the transfer.

    Fabrizio Romano reports that Caicedo could be on the move this summer and Arsenal see bringing him in as a possibility.

  • Alex Smith

    Exclusive: Arsenal want City wonderkid

    Man City rookie Kian Breckin is on the hitlist of a host of Premier League clubs.

    The 19-year-old midfielder is the son of former Nottingham Forest centre-back Ian.

    The likes of Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, Spurs and Southampton have all watched the midfielder in action.

    Breckin has played 21 times in the Premier League 2 for City's U21s this season.

    He has an impressive return from midfield, scoring seven goals and providing four assists this term.

  • Alex Smith

    Henderson lauds Saka

    Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has heaped praise on England team-mate Bukayo Saka.

    Henderson said: "He’s a special person. Off the pitch, he’s a really nice lad, really humble. On the pitch, he’s got absolutely everything, especially for his age.

    "His maturity, his decision-making within games…he scores goals, defends, works hard, never really loses the ball. He’s so strong when he’s holding people off.

    “He has absolutely everything and the future’s very bright for him, and I’m sure for Arsenal and England hopefully as well. He’s a fantastic player."

  • Alex Smith

    Carragher backs Liverpool

    Sky Sport pundit Jamie Carragher is confident Liverpool will beat Arsenal this afternooon.

    He highlights the Reds' poor form across this season but claims they are a different team at home.

    Carragher thinks Arsenal players may struggle to cope with the pressure and the atmosphere at Anfield, claiming the ground can do funny things to a youthful squad.

  • Alex Smith

    Klopp to change back?

    Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is expected to bring the likes of Andy Robertson and Mo Salah back into the starting XI.

    The German named a much-changed side for the 0-0 draw with Chelsea.

    But Robertson, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Virgil van Dijk are expected to start in defence with Ibrahima Konate.

    Harvey Elliott could reportedly start in place of Curtis Jones alongside Fabinho and Jordan Henderson.

    Up top, Darwin Nunez, Cody Gakpo and Salah are expected to add goals.

  • Alex Smith

    Arteta wants longevity

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was asked if he hopes he can have the longevity that Jurgen Klopp has had at Liverpool.

    The Arsenal gaff responded: "I think at a club like this, you have to earn the right to do that.

    “He absolutely earned that right with the way that he transformed the club and especially with the performances and results that they had, and then how much they won.

    “You can sustain yourself at this level only if you produce the results that are necessary to ensure it.”

    Credit: Getty
  • Alex Smith

    Arteta's horror Liverpool memories

    Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has admitted he once could not "physically or emotionally cope" with playing at Anfield.

    Arteta previously opened up on a tough time he had while playing at Anfield.

    The Spaniard said: "Suddenly I could only see red shirts flying around, the game is passing all over me and I cannot react.

    "And people think, 'what is he doing?'

    "And I am like, 'I cannot do it, I cannot do it emotionally, physically I cannot cope'.

    "Everything goes too fast and I only had that feeling in my career once, and it was at Anfield."

  • Alex Smith

    Gunner do it

    Arsenal legend Sol Campbell is confident that his former side can win the league if they beat Liverpool today.

    The centre-back reflected on the time Arsene Wenger's men beat the Reds 4-2 on the road to winning the club's last Premier League title.

    Campbell said: "I am hoping it’s an omen if Arsenal defeat Liverpool — the last time they beat them on April 9 the Gunners went on to win the title.

    "I believe our win 19 years ago was a defining moment in us winning the championship — albeit our victory against Liverpool was at home.

    "The only shock for me is that it has taken almost two decades for the club to be in this position to win the league again.

    "Even Pep Guardiola has admitted he would rather be in Arsenal’s position right now — because it’s the Gunners’ title to lose.

    "I do believe that if they win at Liverpool it would take something absolutely catastrophic for Arsenal not to be lifting the Premier League trophy at the end of next month."

  • Alex Smith

    Foden back in time for Arsenal clash

    Phil Foden is likely to be back fit for when the top two sides meet at the end of this month.

    The Manchester City midfielder was expected to be sidelined until at least the start of May after having his appendix removed less than a fortnight ago.

    But Foden, 22, is already up and about.

    He will start bike and strength work this week and there are hopes to ease him back before the table-topping Gunners visit the Etihad on April 26.

    The FA Cup semi-final against Sheffield United on Saturday week has been mentioned but Arsenal are firmly in his sights.

  • Alex Smith

    Adams confident of win

    Tony Adams has confident that Arsenal will beat Liverpool.

    He told SunSport exclusively: "Iti's more than ten years since Arsenal last won at Anfield  — yet I have never been as confident of an away win as I am for today’s game.

    I watched Liverpool’s goalless draw at Chelsea the other day and they were an absolute mess.

    How Chelsea didn’t beat them by ten goals, I’ll never know.

    They were all over the place and looked as though they didn’t know what they were doing.

    I don’t have a clue what kind of team Jurgen Klopp will pick today  — and I don’t think he’s got much more of an idea.

  • Alex Smith

    Smith highlights pressure

    Alan Smith believes Arsenal can all but clinch the title with a win today but stresses that Anfield is a tough place to go.

    He said to Sky Sports yesterday: "Yes of course they've got their noses in front at the moment but it's obvious they can't afford to slip up. So that brings with it pressure going into the game at Anfield.

    "Last season it all became a little too much, this season I think they're much better equipped. Obviously, they've got the likes of [Gabriel] Jesus and [Oleksandr] Zinchenko in there with that winning mentality, they are all that one year more experienced.

    "So they'll go into that game up at Liverpool feeling confident I think, why shouldn't they?

    "Not just on a par with Liverpool but feeling they're superior this season. So confidence shouldn't be dented one little bit.

    “And if Arsenal can get a win tomorrow, I'd fancy them to go all the way and actually win the title. But that's a big if at the moment, that's a difficult game despite Liverpool's troubles.”

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