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Premier League title race: Arsenal beat Liverpool, Manchester City banish Brentford hoodoo to take advantage

The first weekend in February saw two of the three most serious Premier League title contenders, Arsenal and Liverpool, do battle at the Emirates Stadium, and despite Liverpool still being at the top of the table, Arsenal’s triumph in North London wasn’t too much of a surprise. These two teams met at the same venue in the third round of the FA Cup, and though Liverpool won that day, Arsenal dominated a great portion of the game, and their inability to convert their chances coupled with Liverpool’s to take everything they could wasn’t likely to repeat itself.

The stadium exploded with joy when Bukayo Saka broke the deadlock in the 14th minute, and for a long time it seemed the visitors would be very lucky to go to the break one goal down. But in bizarre twist of events, Gabriel Magalhaes handled the ball in his own box in the final seconds of the first half, and there was no need for referee Anthony Taylor to give a penalty because the ball went into the net.

But bizarre moments hadn’t dried up just yet, and in the 67th minute, a blunder made between Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker left the ball at the feet of Gabriel Martinelli with the goal gaping, and the Brazilian winger kept his cool to restore Arsenal’s lead, ending the period when Liverpool had actually gained some contro

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