There was no overtime, with the rules saying the action goes straight to a penalty shootout. It was a deserved result in the end for the Gunners, who are riding a wave after winning the FA Cup final against Chelsea earlier this month.
Here are three takeaways from the game:
1. Aubameyang owns Wembley
Aubameyang surely enjoys playing in the Emirates, but Wembley is now his home away from home. He has scored five goals in his last three games, including two in the FA Cup semi-finals and two more in the FA Cup final ahead of his goal on Saturday, which came with ato honor Chadwick Boseman, who died Friday.
The sign that he is stepping up in big games against big opponents will be the key to success this season for the Gunners, who enter the game with higher expectations thanks to the final month of play.
2. Keep Maitland-Niles now?
With Ainsley Maitland-Niles linked with a move to Wolves, will he ultimately stay at the club after it? He took the start, gathered a match performance man and looked really sharp. He defended well, was good on the ball to advance and was arguably the best player on the pitch.
According to The Guardian, his potential gesture is to obtain minutes in the first team. He just might have won a bunch more in this game.
3. Liverpool may need to speed up Thiago’s pursuit
It’s just a glorified preseason game, but the Reds’ creativity just wasn’t there. The team lacked a bit of composure on the ball, and don’t be surprised if this increases rumors of Thiago Alcantara joining Bayern Munich. He’s been linked with the club for a while now. Liverpool have created 15 shots, putting just four on the frame, but they will want to avoid overreacting. The point is, Liverpool haven’t looked in good shape for a while now, including the end of the Premier League season and defeats to Atletico Madrid in the Champions League round of 16. Having a player like Thiago could completely change this team in the final. third, which is a scary thought for the other teams. But it’s important to realize that the team lacked key players like Trent Alexander-Arnold and Jordan Henderson. There is a good chance that everything will be fine, but there is no doubt that the addition of Thiago would be huge.
Arsenal 1, Liverpool 1 (Arsenal wins 5-4 on penalties)
⚽ Arsenal: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (12 ‘)
⚽ Liverpool: Takumi Minamino (73′)