GABRIEL JESUS was left nursing a bloodied nose after a clash with Kostas Tsimikas – but fans initially feared the worst.
The Arsenal star went down after Liverpool ace Tsimikas’ elbow appeared to catch him in the face.
There was concern from fans, as well as players from both teams, that Jesus had been knocked clean out.
The Brazilian ace initially lay motionless on the deck after taking the whack to the nose.
Medics quickly rushed onto the pitch to tend to the stricken star.
Luckily the summer signing was patched up and able to continue, while VAR decided not to punish Tsimikas for the incident.
And the decision to let Tsimikas get away with the challenge did not go down well with Arsenal supporters on social media.
One wrote: “That Tsimikas elbow on Jesus looked deliberate.”
Another said: “That Tsimikas foul was ridiculous. No card and no foul but Jesus was knocked out.”
And a third baffled fan quipped: “So Tsimikas elbows Jesus and we don’t even get a free kick? Huh?”
Arsenal regained top spot in the Premier League with a thrilling 3-2 victory over the struggling Reds.
The Emirates was throbbing throughout a pulsating Premier League classic – and while the winning penalty was controversial, the way Arsenal won it after weathering Liverpool’s first-half dominance, was hugely encouraging for their manager.
Arsenal had won just once in 17 previous attempts against the Reds since Klopp took charge so this was a hugely significant win.
Klopp stuck with the 4-2-3-1 formation employed in the comfortable midweek win over Rangers and Arteta sprang a surprise by selecting Takehiro Tomiyasu out of position at left-back, ahead of Kieran Tierney, and the Japanese tethered Salah effectively.
But as if propelled by their early-season momentum, Arsenal seized the lead within 58 seconds with a precise, rapid move.
Gabriel Martinelli put the hosts 1-0 up inside a minute, before Darwin Nunez hit back for the Reds.
Bukayo Saka restored the Gunners’ lead before Roberto Firmino levelled things up again.
But Saka netted his second from the spot to send the hosts FOURTEEN points above Jurgen Klopp’s side.
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