Dennis Bergkamp skips past Liverpool's Carragher.

Martin Keown dives in to block Paul Ince.

Steve Bould slides in on Michael Owen.

New signing Nelson Vivas takes on Heggem.

0 - 0
Attendance : 44,429

A hard earned point at Anfield then after we had the better of the first half and missed a great chance through Ray Parlour. But Liverpool came back strongly after the break and the draw was probably a fair result.

Liverpool had forced a couple of openings early on, but the best chance fell to Parlour in the 37th minute, but he blasted the ball high over the bar when it looked easier to score.

Still, when the atmosphere is as tense as it was on Merseyside, nothing is that simple and the competitive nature of the game led to first half bookings for Parlour, Lee Dixon and Emmanuel Petit.

The second half started with Liverpool well on top. They raised the tempo of their game, attacked with great pace and it was, for a while, a real survival mission for the Arsenal defence.

As ever, they kept their cool under Steve Bould's calm leadership as he captained the side in place of Tony Adams, who fell sick on the morning of the game.

The pace of Nicolas Anelka in attack and Marc Overmars on the wing remained a threat though.

When we did break forward, there was a genuine sense that a goal could come our way and Anelka very nearly scored in the 67th minute with a curling shot which went no more than a couple of inches wide.

Another quick break soon after, again involving Anelka and this time Parlour, resulted in a shooting chance for Patrick Vieira. But he had made up so much ground to get to the Liverpool area that his shot was a tired one and the ball went spinning well wide.

It would be a while before we got forward again as the match went back into a midfield battle, with Liverpool still on top in terms of posession.

But a classic Arsenal victory looked on the cards with just ten minutes to go when Overmars broke clear in the box and shot under Liverpool keeper Brad Friedel.

As the Arsenal fans prepared to celebrate, Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher slid in to clear off the line and Overmars was unable to follow the ball in.

A draw is not such a bad result when you consider we have lost nine of our last ten games to Liverpool and this was only our first away game of the season
And it appeared that Wenger probably shared that view when he made his first substitution with six minutes to go, replacing Anelka with Nelson Vivas.

The Argentinian went into the left side of midfield on his debut and Overmars pushed further forward. Naturally, the majority of the 44,429 crowd were still willing Liverpool towards a victory and
the noise was deafening at times.

But there was still time for us to create the better chances and again we could have struck with a goal in the final moments when Vivas and then Bergkamp found themselves in good positions.

Bergkamp's was the better opening, just inside the box, but he failed to make a clean connection with the ball, giving Friedel time to get down to his left and save.

Anfield was all but silent now and only the Arsenal fans could be heard when another Bergkam move earned a corner in time added on for injuries.

Liverpool cleared that danger comfortably as the Arsenal fans went into a chorus of `Champions, Champions, Champions' as the referee blew for the final whistle.

Arsene Wenger said afterwards: "I am pleased to have taken four points from our first two games considering we had such little preparation time after the World Cup.

"We had good chances at the beginning and end so you could say it was two points dropped, but not when you consider Liverpool is a very hard place to win at and they had a superb 20 minutes in the second half.

"The defence was superb - I wish they could play on until they were 60 and they are still the best in the world at an average age of over 33."

Wenger added that his search for a new striker continues, but it is not likely to be Swiss forward Stephane Chapuisat as he would need a work permit and that could present problems.

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