Arsenal ensured they would spend Christmas Day on top of the Premier League as they held title rivals Liverpool to a pulsating 1-1 draw at Anfield on Saturday.
Mikel Arteta’s side took an early lead through Gabriel Magalhaes, but Mohamed Salah hauled Liverpool level before the interval.
A draw was arguably the right result after both sides flexed their muscles to show why they have emerged as the leading contenders to win the title.
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Chasing their first title since 2004, Arsenal sits one point clear of second-placed Liverpool heading into the festive period.
The team that has topped the Premier League at Christmas has gone on to win the title in six of the past 10 seasons, but the draw on Merseyside was also a boost to the chasing pack.
Third-placed Aston Villa are level on points with Liverpool, fourth-placed Tottenham are three points further back, and champions Manchester City are six points adrift of the leaders with a game in hand.
Liverpool are unbeaten in their past 11 games against Arsenal at Anfield.
However, coming a week after their goalless stalemate against Manchester United, this was another frustrating result for Jurgen Klopp’s team.
“Oh my god, how strong are they? The good news is we are good as well,” Klopp said.
“We pass instead of shoot; four or five times we do that, it’s a lesson. But generally, the game is great.”
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