It is an unusual feeling for Arsenal supporters to feel hard done-by for not leaving the Emirates on Friday night with all 3 points, despite being two goals behind after 52 minutes of the match had passed – but 5 crazy minutes of football flipped the game on its head.

When Liverpool made their way to North London last night it provided one of the most immensely entertaining matches the Emirates has seen in some time, and perhaps the most captivating half of football the league has had this season.

Arsene Wenger’s men were out to make amends for the embarrassment of the early-season 4-0 defeat against the Reds, and it certainly did not look like it would be the case following a first half dominated by the away side and calamitous Arsenal defending that seen the side lucky not to be at least 3 goals down - rather than just the one due to the head of Phillipe Coutinho - going in at the break, to a chorus of jeers and boos.

The second half didn’t start much better, and the Gunners were exposed by a marauding Mohammed Salah run and finish into the bottom corner.

Liverpool had been excellent, Arsenal had been poor. Things weren’t looking great.

But then it happened – an astonishing passage of football, coming from completely out of the blue. One minute after Salah had found the net to make it two-nil, Alexis Sanchez took advantage of some very, very lackadaisical Liverpool defending to reduce the deficit to one goal. Celebrations were muted, but just 3 minutes later, the game took on a different perspective.

When the ball falls to the feet of Granit Xhaka in a few yards of space outside of the box, you know there’s the chance the midfielder might conjure something, and that was to be the case in the 56th minute (and then some).

Striking an incredibly powerful effort at the Liverpool goal, the Swiss international managed to find the net despite Simon Mignolet getting a decent hand to it – an absolutely fantastic goal to level the sides.

For the Gunner’s to be equal against Jurgen Klopp’s side in such a short space of time was unexpected and the crowd were clearly jubilant, but just 2 minutes later they were in ecstasy.

The match-winner in the previous match against Newcastle United found himself in the perfect position following a terrific display of teamwork from a team now clearly brimming with confidence that was capped off by an Alexandre Lacazette backheel assist, which Mesut Ozil delightfully helped into the away goal.

In the space of 5 minutes, Arsenal had gone from 2 goals behind to 1 goal ahead. It was beautiful madness.

This joy did not last for long, however, when in the 71st minute Roberto Firmino got in on the action after his shot was parried high into the air by Petr Cech, bouncing into an open net. 3-3.

The high intensity of the game continued for the final twenty minutes of the half, but everyone involved in the game had been through the wringer, and in an odd way, a draw seemed the appropriate result – if not the best one - for a crazy night of football.
Arsenal got to see the full brunt of Liverpool’s new “Fab Four” – with 3 of them scoring and Sadio Mane going inches wide with an acrobatic effort in the first half – and yet managed to leave with a point.

The game, as is naturally often the case with high-scoring matches, was filled with defensive culpability. All 6 goals could be attributed to errors or mishaps by defending players and goalkeepers, but that doesn’t take away from what an exceptionally entertaining game of football.

Arsenal’s starting centre backs Laurent Koscielny and Nacho Monreal were both at fault for guilt edge Liverpool opportunites, and Petr Cech, who generally had a very good game, was at fault for the final goal. Half time seen the re-introduction of Nacho Monreal, who eased into the game well.

After the match, Arsene Wenger commented that he was “disappointed not to win the match”, and while this is natural, one feels that if he was offered a draw at two-nil down, he would have snapped it right up.

Liverpool had arrived winning their past 4 Premier League matches and they look destined to be making that 5 after Salah’s goal.

5 minutes later, Jurgen Klopp was furiously screaming at the home fans after his side had capitulated their lead. He later apologised to them, but there was scarcely any need – this was the kind of match and situation where it would be acceptable to lose one’s rag.

The Liverpool manager admitted after the game that he was more “angry than sad or disappointed”. It’s easy to see why this would be the case – for all extensive purposes, it appeared that his side were sailing towards victory, and in the blink of an eye, they were behind.

It was Firmino and Liverpool that eventually had the last laugh, of-sorts, but you can’t help but feel that Liverpool threw away 2 points rather than gaining one.

It is Liverpool who will go into Christmas in the Champions League positions on 35 Points with the Gunners trailing 1 point and one position behind. The next two games – against Crystal Palace at home on the 28th and against West Bromwich Albion away on New Year’s Eve – are absolutely vital.

Arsene Wenger will be hoping the second half display can be replicated in these huge fixtures and that the maximum amount of points will be attained to keep his side in contention.