In an exciting match that could have gone either way, Arsenal were held to a draw by league leaders Liverpool at home. Robin van Persie had fired Arsenal ahead with a fine strike after 24 minutes, only for former Tottenham striker Robbie Keane to equalise ahead of the interval when the home defence failed to deal with a high ball up field. The north Londoners remain eight points off the pace following Sunday’s 1-1 draw at the Emirates Stadium, where they played the final half hour with 10 men after striker Emmanuel Adebayor was sent off.
However, perhaps more significantly, Arsenal remain out of the top four, now also behind Aston Villa whom they face away on Boxing Day. Arsenal’s frustrations were made worse by the loss of captain Cesc Fabregas at half-time with a knee injury which could keep him out of the festive programme. Here’s hoping that Cesc recovers quickly.