Taylor is a joke, pretty much ignore their Liverpool news and match reports.
Contrast this with the Telegraphs below it:-
Robin van Persie has waited a long time to score at Liverpool and will remember both of the goals that earned Arsenal the points here. His first is the only goal he has scored with his head this season; his second was a winner in the second minute of added time that will rank as one of the best strikes of his career, even though he makes a habit of unanswerable finishes. This volley was not quite in the Marco van Basten class of spectacular, nor was it as jaw-droppingly sumptuous as the one Van Persie scored against Everton this season, but it was a gloriously instinctive piece of skill that silenced Anfield just when it seemed a ninth home draw of the season was on the cards.
It was almost a carbon copy of his goal against Everton, even down to Alex Song providing the pass, though given the stage for the game and the significance of the victory in the race for fourth place in the Premier League, this was a cause for greater celebration.
Having gone ahead through an own goal and missed another penalty, Liverpool were probably only worth a point, but when Van Persie reached on to Song's long ball forward in stoppage time they were denied even that. There could be no argument against such a decisive score and there was little time left in any case. Van Persie hit the ball as it dropped over his shoulder and surprised Pepe Reina with his speed of thought rather than the power or placement of his shot.
"When you see the ball landing at Van Persie's feet you can always expect something special," Arsène Wenger said. "With a striker of that quality in the side you always have a chance until you are killed off. Our goalkeeper and centre forward made the difference today because we were not in the game in the first half. One-one at the interval flattered us."
Liverpool should have gone in front after 17 minutes of an eventful first half when Luis Suárez won a penalty, tumbling over Wojciech Szczesny's outstretched leg after pushing the ball past the goalkeeper. There was some doubt about the amount of contact – and at least a suggestion that Suárez was looking to go down – but it appeared that a foul had been committed so the referee, Mark Halsey, pointed to the spot. Perhaps significantly, he took no further action against the Arsenal goalkeeper, who could have been dismissed but stayed on the field to save his side twice over from Dirk Kuyt's penalty.
First Szczesny dived to his right to keep out the spot-kick, then flung himself to his left to palm away the follow-up, which Kuyt might have been better to leave to the better-placed Jordan Henderson. "The second was the save of the game," said Arsène Wenger. "I wasn't happy about the referee's decision originally, but I heard television had shown it was a penalty."
Szczesny's good work was wasted six minutes later, when he was beaten by one of his own defenders. Liverpool had put together a good passing move, with Jay Spearing and Stewart Downing launching Henderson down the right wing. The eventual cross was nothing special and, from a good position to intercept, Laurent Koscielny came up with a finish better than any of the home strikers would have managed, smacking the ball past his keeper under no particular pressure.
Following up after Szczesny had pushed out a shot from Henderson, Suárez hit a post as Liverpool enjoyed their best spell, but just as Arsenal seemed to be struggling to contain their opponents they drew level, with a goal of clinical quality produced out of nothing.
Bacary Sagna was allowed all the time he required to arrow in a pinpoint cross from the right that took Martin Skrtel out of the equation and left Van Persie with the relatively straightforward task of staying in front of Jamie Carragher and heading the ball past Reina from the six-yard line for what was his 30th goal of the season.
Suárez was unlucky towards the end of the first half when he turned Thomas Vermaelen inside out only to see Szczesny just reach his shot, then Liverpool hitthe woodwork again just before the interval when Kuyt touched on Charlie Adam's cross. Liverpool have been denied by the goal-frame more often than any other Premier League club this season and whilesome will say that shows the extent of their attacking intent, others would suggest there is room for improvement in their finishing.
Arsenal lost Mikel Arteta with a neck injury at the start of the second half after an accidental collision with Henderson,but continued to hold their own against a Liverpool midfield that lacked Steven Gerrard, injured while playing for England in midweek.
They might have taken the lead on 70 minutes when Theo Walcott's shot took a late deflection off Skrtel to bring a sharp reaction save from Reina, though they could also have gone behind at around the same stage in the game. Kuyt's excellent cross from the right fell to Martin Kelly, at the far post, who finished like a full-back suffering a nosebleed from being too high up the pitch.
To his credit, Kenny Dalglish did not attempt to claim an injustice had taken place or that Liverpool were only beaten by a wonder strike. "The scoreline didn't reflect the game, but that was our own fault," the Liverpool manager said. "We played well and did enough to have won, but we were beaten because we didn't score enough goals when we were dominating the game. The result was the only disappointing thing. The next lesson we need to learn might be how to be ugly and win."
How had they lost? Liverpool supporters poured out of Anfield baffled and frustrated.
They had watched their side miss a penalty, hit the woodwork twice and waste a series of chances against a jaded-looking Arsenal, only to end up losing it in stoppage time.
How had they lost? There was a simple three-word answer to that question: Robin van Persie.
By his standards, the Arsenal captain was barely involved.
Utterly isolated for long periods of the game, he struggled to get a kick. But with two touches he won the game. In the first half, with Arsenal just hoping to hang on, he headed an equaliser and two minutes into stoppage time he volleyed a superb winner.
As Arsène Wenger succinctly put it: “From not a lot, he did a lot.”
The result gives the league table a healthy shine for Arsenal: they have a 10-point cushion over Liverpool and are now just four points behind North London rivals Tottenham.
Van Persie had the grace to concede his team got away with it. “We didn’t deserve it if we are honest,” he said. “Liverpool played better than us but to nick it like that we can only be pleased. It was a massive result for us.”
The winning goal carried echoes of Van Persie’s exquisite finish against Everton earlier this season. Just like with that goal, Alex Song spotted the Dutchman pulling away from his man – Jamie Carragher in this case – and found him with a perfectly measured diagonal pass. Van Persie met it on the volley with his left foot, beating Pepe Reina at his near post.
“It was exactly the same pass as Alex gave me at Everton,” Van Persie said.
“The difference was that for that goal I met it with the front of the foot and shot into the opposite corner while this time I went to the other corner and hit it with the side of my foot. It was an unbelievable pass from Alex.”
Van Persie gave his man-of-the-match champagne to Wojciech Szczesny, and with good cause. The Arsenal goalkeeper single-handedly held off Liverpool in the first half.
Steven Gerrard had brought out the Carling Cup trophy before the game but any suggestions that there would be a hangover from that game were swiftly countered. Even without their captain, whose hamstring kept him out, Liverpool were dominant.
Luis Suárez was lively and after 18 minutes he played a one-two with Dirk Kuyt in the Arsenal area, and then dragged the ball away from the onrushing Szczesny. Initially it appeared that Mark Halsey had been gulled into giving a penalty but replays vindicated the referee.
Kuyt took the spot-kick but Szczesny dived to his right to save and then scrambled back to his feet to claw away the Dutchman’s scuffed effort from the rebound.
That was Liverpool’s sixth penalty miss of the season. Kuyt and Suárez both hit the post in the first half which means Liverpool have hit the woodwork 21 times, more than anyone else this season.
Suárez wriggled through four Arsenal defenders but was denied by another superb Szczesny save and, after the break, Martin Kelly could not get his feet coordinated for a tap in. The chances just kept coming.
“We can create chances, we can win penalties so it is about the next bit,” Kenny Dalglish said. “Maybe the next bit is just to be ugly, and get the winning goal. The result is the only disappointing thing there, the performance was outstanding.”
For all their dominance, Liverpool only managed to get four of their 14 efforts on target and when they did score, it came from an Arsenal player.
With Kieran Gibbs overcommitted, Jordan Henderson found space on the right and Stewart Downing sent him galloping away. Henderson’s low cross was sliced into his own net by Laurent Koscielny at the near post, the ball coming off his shin.
Arsenal equalised out of nothing. Bacary Sagna was given far too much time to weigh up his cross and he found Van Persie, who had moved goal-side of Carragher. It was a simple headed finish. He then went into hibernation until stoppage time.
There had been a couple of warning signs for Liverpool as the game drew to a close. Theo Walcott had missed two good chances, flicking a free header into Reina’s hands and then being denied by the Liverpool goalkeeper from Gibbs’ pullback. Van Persie showed how it was done, meeting Song’s pass with a controlled volley – his 31st goal of the season.
With every performance his value to the club increases. His contract expires in 2013 and Arsenal need to negotiate a new deal in the summer.
“We will do anything possible to keep him,” Wenger said. “I cannot say much more. I am proud of how he has gone from the timid boy when he arrived here to being the leader he is today, playing under pressure every game because he knows he has to score goals. He is up there with the best in the world.”
The only downside for Wenger were the injuries sustained by his players, especially that of Mikel Arteta, who was hurt colliding with Henderson off the ball and needed five minutes of treatment on the pitch before being taken to hospital with a neck injury.
“This is the bad news of the day,” Wenger said. “Also Abou Diaby did his hamstring, Yossi Benayoun has a small hamstring problem and Gibbs has a problem. We looked decimated after the game.”
Wenger will again juggle his resources as he seeks to “make the impossible possible” in reversing their 4-0 deficit against Milan on Tuesday.
Still, where there is Van Persie, there is hope.