Arsenal 2-2 Liverpool: Gunners claw back to earn draw

In a game featuring two traditional powers chasing a Champions League place, Arsenal and Liverpool each earned a point in an entertaining draw in London.

Liverpool's Luis Suarez opened the scoring in the 5th minute when the ball landed at his feet following a series of Arsenal defensive errors and he smashed it past keeper Wojciech Szczesny to give the Reds the early 1-0 advantage.

The game remained 1-0 until halftime, but Arsenal suffered a blow in the 37th minute when left back Kieran Gibbs left the game with a thigh injury and was replaced by Andre Santos. Manager Arsene Wenger confirmed after the game that Gibbs is expected to miss three weeks.

Liverpool expanded the lead to 2-0 in the 60th minute thanks to midfielder Jordan Henderson. Henderson's first shot was saved by Szczesny, but he was able to put the rebound in the back of the net.

Arsenal got a goal back just four minutes later. Jack Wilshere's free kick found Olivier Giroud, who headed it past Pepe Reina for the striker's fifth goal in the last three games.

Not long after, in the 67th minute, Arsenal were equal as Santi Cazorla found Giroud, who played a soft pass to Theo Walcott coming in from the right, who smashed a low shot to the far post past Reina to make the game level at 2-all.

Both teams had chances to win the game late, a Cazorla cross was just too fast for Giroud to catch up to and rolled out of play with five minutes left. Suarez then intercepted Santos' pass in Arsenal's half the 93rd minute, but failed to find the goal.

Both teams are back in action this weekend, with Arsenal hosting Stoke City at 8 a.m. Mountain Time Saturday and Liverpool traveling to face Manchester City at 9 a.m. MT Sunday.

MAN OF THE MATCH: Theo Walcott

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