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Reiss Nelson scores as Arsenal inflict embarrassing EPL defeat on Liverpool

- Arsenal vs Liverpool saw the Reds suffer their second league defeat at the Emirates

- Lacazette and Nelson both scored in the first half to down the newly-crowned EPL champions

- Sadio Mane scored Liverpool's consolation in the 20th minute of the thrilling encounter

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Arsenal have increased their chances of taking part in Europa League next season following their surprise 2-1 win over champions Liverpool on Wednesday night, July 15.

The Gunners were keen to return to winning ways following their derby defeat to Tottenham at the weekend.

However, they had to come from a goal down at the Emirates to stage a dramatic comeback to secure all the three points.

Liverpool dominated the opening exchanges of the encounter and took the lead in the 20th minute through Sadio Mane, slamming home after Robertson slipped a simple ball across goal.

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In-form Alexander Lacazette equalised for the home side in the 32nd minute, taking advantage of a defensive gaffe involving Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker.

Another fiasco at the back just a minute to half time saw Nelson hand Arsenal the lead as he steered a fine finish across the keeper into the bottom left.

A flurry of activity both at the restart and during the closing stages of the match saw Liverpool nearly draw level but the hosts held on to claim maximum points.

The defeat was Liverpool's third of the season in the league following their 3-0 loss to Watford back in March.

Arsenal, meanwhile, remain ninth on the league standings with 53 points, three off a Europa League place.

Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how French professional footballer, Matteo Guendouzi, who plays for Premier League side Arsenal is now facing the possibility of leaving the North London club over reported feud with boss Mikel Arteta.

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The 21-year-old joined Arsenal last two seasons from Lorient under former Arsenal boss Unai Emery and has been impressive since he got to the first team at the Emirates stadium.

Last season, the Frenchman was among the Arsenal players who reached the final of the Europa League before losing the final against Chelsea.

Presently, Guendouzi is not having things rosy at the Emirates stadium as he has been frozen out of the first team by Arsenal boss Arteta.

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