Philippe Coutinho hit the woodwork twice and Petr Cech and Simon Mignolet both made outstanding saves as Liverpool and Arsenal had to settle for a goalless draw in an entertaining Barclays Premier League encounter on Monday.

Liverpool could have ended a run of one win in 12 attempts at Emirates Stadium during a dominant first-half display where Coutinho struck the crossbar and a post. Cech produced an outstanding save to tip Coutinho’s effort against a post and another to deny Christian Benteke from close range. At the other end, Ramsey felt hard done by when he found the back of the net but was adjudged to be offside.

Arsenal were vulnerable at the back during the first half in the absence of injured centre-backs Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny, with Gabriel Paulista and Calum Chambers both making their debuts this season. Arsene Wenger’s side improved after the break, but were unable to follow up their win at Crystal Palace with another victory as Liverpool kept a third clean sheet of the season after 1-0 wins over Stoke City and Bournemouth.

Arsenal vs Liverpool

Roberto Firmino made his first Liverpool start, with Lucas Leiva and Emre Can also coming into the side as captain Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana missed out through injury and Jordon Ibe dropped to the bench.

Arsenal’s new central defensive pairing were caught out just two minutes in, when Coutinho’s shot from inside the box struck the crossbar after Benteke was allowed too much time and space to race away and the cut the ball back to the Brazil midfielder.

Ramsey was aggrieved when he had the ball in the back of the net eight minutes later after Santi Cazorla had picked him out with a fine pass, but assistant referee’s the flag was up. Chambers was indebted to a vital last-ditch tackle from Francis Coquelin to deny Coutinho after the former Southampton man had given possession to the Liverpool playmaker.

Cech showed his class with an outstanding save to deny Benteke from close range seven minutes before the break when the Belgium striker was free to shoot from a cross. The Czech Republic keeper also thwarted stand-in Liverpool captain James Milner and there were more heroics from Cech just before half-time, when he got a fingertip to a measured strike from the dangerous Coutinho which struck the far post.

Alexis Sanchez could to have made the visitors pay for wasting so many chances when the Chile forward shot against the near post following some neat build-up play early in the second half. Firmino was replaced by Ibe after 62 minutes and it was Arsenal who looked the more likely to go on and secure three points, as Simon Mignolet produced a fine save at full stretch to palm away Olivier Giroud’s close-range effort.

Teenager Jordan Rossiter came on to make his top-flight bow for Liverpool and, despite some late Arsenal pressure, the visitors’ well-drilled defence stood firm to secure a point.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger: “We were a bit unlucky, we lacked a bit physically and collectively to finish what we started. Our game is still not fluent enough in the final third, and that’s why we didn’t score.”

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers: “We were outstanding all way through, first half defensively we were well organised and a real threat going forward. Overall we kept a really good clean sheet and I’m disappointed not to get a win.”