[By Moses Adeyemi]

It was a game that involved 5 goals as Arsenal dealt Liverpool ‘s hopes of a top-four finish a savage blow as a whirlwind of goals shortly before half-time set them up for a 4-1 victory at the Emirates Stadium.

In a match in which the Reds often looked too cautious and unable to take control, Gunners right-back Hector Bellerin took advantage of slack defending from Alberto Moreno to put the hosts in front.

A free kick from Mesut Ozil compounded the Reds’ troubles just three minutes later and Alexis Sanchez’s powerful finish to a slick
team move moments before the break left Liverpool crippled.

The visitors got one back in the second half when Jordan Henderson scored from the penalty spot, Raheem Sterling having been brought down by Bellerin, but they could not push on to save the match.

Liverpool were without captain Steven Gerrard and Martin Skrtel, who were serving three-match suspensions for stamping in last month’s match against Manchester United.