Oleksandr Zinchenko breaks his silence after being left 'in tears' by Trent Alexander-Arnold nutmeg
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Arsenal defender Oleksandr Zinchenko has broken his silence after committing a costly mistake against Liverpool.
Mikel Arteta's side had looked on course for their first league win at Anfield since 2012 after Gabriel Martinelli and Gabriel Jesus gave them a two-goal lead early in the match.
However, Mohamed Salah pulled out back for Liverpool before the break to set up a mouth-watering second half.
Jurgen Klopp's side dominated play after the interval and deservedly equalised late on through Roberto Firmino, after Salah had missed a penalty earlier in the half.
Liverpool right-back Alexander-Arnold nutmegged Zinchenko before delivering a perfect cross for Firmino, who headed the equaliser past the despairing dive of Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale.
Zinchenko was subsequently substituted by Arteta and was seen on the verge of tears on the bench, at one point holding his head in his hands.
Both sides pushed hard for a winner and had chances in the closing moments, but the match ended as a draw – a damaging result for Arsenal in their pursuit of the Premier League title.
The Gunners are now six points ahead of defending champions Manchester City, who have played one game less than the league leaders.
Carragher slams Zinchenko over lack of intensity
Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher slammed Zinchenko after full-time, claiming he could have done more to prevent the final goal.
"We've raved about Zinchenko this season and he was brilliant today until Liverpool got the equaliser," Carragher told Sky Sports.
"He's brilliant on the ball but lets them down defensively at the last minute. If Arsenal go back to being a team fighting for the top four, that will be exposed a lot more.
"It happened in the first game of the season at Crystal Palace where Mikel Arteta brought Tierney on for Zinchenko and it happened again today because he’s not trusted 100 per cent defensively."
Carragher added: "I can't get Zinchenko out of my head. You need to be more aggressive – the league title is on the line!
"That can't happen. It's almost like he's in training, there's got to be more intensity from him."
Zinchenko posts message to fans
Zinchenko has now taken to social media to post a message to Arsenal's supporters following his mistake.
The Ukraine international posted an image of himself, alongside the caption: "Not the best day at the office but we go again.
"Thanks for support, together until the very end #COYG."
Arsenal will hope to bounce back when they next face London rivals West Ham away from home on Sunday.
Liverpool, meanwhile, take on Leeds at Elland Road on Monday.