Nicklas Bendtner’s goal on 50 minutes proved the winner after Emiliano Insua had canceled out Fran Merida’s opener in the first half.
Insua’s strike was an impressive left foot volley from outside the box, over the goalkeeper’s head.
Jay Spearing and Damien Plessis gave the Reds midfield a reserve team look about it, while Babel and Kuyt occupied the wide midfield spots. Babel and Voronin were again disappointing and Babel should have equalised late on from close range. Full back Philipp Degen was impressive going forward.
Liverpool valiantly probed for a winner, bringing on Alberto Aquilani for his debut. He showed some impressive touches and passing, and was denied from an overhead kick by a handball inside the box from Senderos late-on. Youngster Nathan Eccleston made his Reds debut too, but didn’t have time to influence the game as Arsenal ran down the clock and held on for the win to put them into the quarter finals.
Observations in short:
Liverpool: Cavalieri, Degen (Eccleston 88), Skrtel, Kyrgiakos, Insua, Kuyt, Spearing, Plessis (Aquilani 76), Babel, Voronin, Ngog (Benayoun 74)
Subs not used: Reina, Darby, Ayala, Dossena
Arsenal: Fabianski, Gibbs, Senderos, Silvestre, Gilbert, Eastmond, Merida, Ramsey, Nasri, Eduardo, Bendtner
Referee: Alan Wiley