• Manager rails at striker over free-kick which led to equaliser
• Arsène Wenger: Arsenal affected by memories of 5-1 rout
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Rangers manager Ally McCoist is to serve the rest of his time as Rangers manager on "gardening leave", it has been revealed.

The Ibrox boss handed in his notice last week but said he intended to see out the year-long notice period built into his rolling contract, report the Daily Record.

Last night, however, it appeared that McCoist's time in charge of team affairs at Ibrox was over.

How the club has resolved the issue of paying off the former star striker, which appeared to be the stumbling block in dispensing with his services immediately, is not clear.

Rangers beat Livingston 2-0 at Ibrox yesterday in what seems to have been McCoist's last game in charge.

Next week, the Gers travel to Edinburgh to take on Hibs in a key Championship game. It is unlcear who will be in charge on the sidelines for that match.

We round up our favourite pictures from Saturday’s and Sunday’s matches in the English top flight

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Brendan Rodgers’ 3-4-3 experiment would have succeeded if his players had converted even a fraction of the opportunities they created

It would be hard to argue that Martin Skrtel did not deserve the injury time or the dramatic late equaliser that rescued a point for Liverpool. It was his nasty gash to the head that had occasioned a whopping nine minutes of added time in the first place and the defender was not only on the Arsenal six-yard line to head an unstoppable goal from Adam Lallana’s corner but turned up on his own goalline after that to help out Brad Jones when the visitors were threatening an even more improbable late twist.

Anfield was a happy place again by the final whistle, Brendan Rodgers’ Christmas not completely spoiled, though the frantic finale concealed a number of home shortcomings, namely that Liverpool should have taken a more commanding lead in a first half they shaded and that their defence was too easily unlocked when Arsenal began to show signs of attacking adventure of their own.

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Mathieu Flamini forced to cover huge area as Arsenal centre-backs play deep and other midfielders stay too high up pitch

Liverpool required an extremely late equaliser courtesy of Martin Skrtel but Brendan Rodgers’ side had been superior from the opening moments, causing Arsenal considerable tactical problems throughout.

Rodgers’ 3-4-3 formation was no surprise considering he had used that system in Liverpool’s previous two matches, against Manchester United and Bournemouth, but Arsenal appeared unprepared for the challenge. Alexis Sánchez and Danny Welbeck remained high up the pitch, which put a huge defensive burden on players in deeper positions. It is extremely rare for Arsenal to see so little of the ball and while injuries are clearly causing problems in the centre of midfield – Mikel Arteta, Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Özil are all out – a bigger problem was the lack of positional discipline from the players who did start.

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