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Arsenal saved by a dose of Chamakh

sports Updated: Aug 16, 2010 00:23 IST

Arsenal equalised in the last minute of normal time to force a 1-1 draw at Liverpool.

Both teams finished with 10 men in their opening Premier League match of the season on Sunday.

Liverpool went ahead just after halftime when Javier Mascherano played in David Ngog and the French striker lashed the ball past goalkeeper Manuel Almunia on his near post.

Arsenal equalised when Marouane Chamakh headed against the post and Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina spilled the rebound into the net for an own goal.

A minute before halftime, Liverpool were reduced to 10 men when England midfielder Joe Cole who was making his Premier League debut for his new side, and was sent off for a clumsy challenge on Arsenal's debutant defender Laurent Koscielny.

Koscielny was sent off seconds from the end of stoppage time for a second yellow card following a handball.

liverpool received takeover offers

London: Liverpool have received a number of takeover offers and will take time to examine them, the Premier League club's managing director said on Sunday after a media report suggested the sale process had broken down.

Christian Purslow told BBC Radio he would not put a time limit on how long it would take to made a decision, saying he now needed to sort through the bids.

“We have just received some written bids at this stage, and it would be wrong to characterise anybody as a front-runner,” he said. “We have had a number of bids (and) will take time to examine those extremely carefully.”