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Saka Banishes Euro Demons With Winning Penalty As Arsenal Down Liverpool

Saka Banishes Euro Demons With Winning Penalty As Arsenal Down Liverpool
By Colman Stanley
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Bukayo Saka scored two of Arsenal's goals in their 3-2 Premier League win over Liverpool at the Emirates this afternoon, including a cooly taken penalty winner in the 76th minute.

It was sweet redemption for Saka, who infamously missed the penalty which handed Italy the Euro 2021 trophy.

Since then the 21-year-old winger has been in sensational form for his club, and has contributed massively to their upturn in fortunes, and their place at the top of the Premier League.

Arsenal Down Liverpool

Arsenal took an early lead through man-of-the-match Gabriel Martinelli, after just one minute of play, before Darwin Nunez equalised midway through the first-half.

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Saka then grabbed his first goal deep into injury-time of the first-half, with a tap-in after being set up my Martinelli.

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Firmino made it 2-2 after 53 minutes with a classy finish into the bottom corner of Aaron Ramsdale's net. The parity was not to last however as Arsenal were awarded a penalty 20 minutes later, after Thiago Silva was adjudged to have clipped Gabriel Jesus inside the box.

Saka slotted it low past Alisson, despite the keeper guessing the right way, and his team managed to hold on after a nervy finish to the game.

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Sensational Saka

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"I had what I was going to do in my mind and I stuck with it," said Saka on his winning penalty.

"In the past two or three years, Liverpool have been a team we have struggled against. To win in front of our fans is special and it shows how much we are progressing.

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"It gives us more confidence because they are a fantastic team and we have a lot of respect for them. I feel like we deserved to lead at half-time so to get that goal was crucial. I want to score more now."

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