Arsenal's draw vs. Liverpool further proof of the Unai Emery effect

Heather Diaz
November 4, 2018

Before the game, Liverpool supporter Joe Jaggar made a decision to get a photo of the occasion with his young son - so asked a passerby to take a picture of the two together.

In an enthralling 1-1 draw, Arsenal provided numerous answers after Alexandre Lacazette's late equaliser gave them a point. "They are a very good example for us".

Jurgen Klopp reflected on an "intense" game in his post-match press conference, with little to separate the two sides, who had 12 and 13 shots on goal respectively. If you look back on the game they probably had more possession but the clear-cut chances have all fallen to us.

Mohamed Salah of Liverpool can not reach the ball as it is gathered by Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Liverpool FC at Emirates Stadium on November 3, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. Formation-wise I was not happy at how compact we were and stuff like that.

"Maybe after Manchester City and Chelsea, today we are more near those teams, but we need this quality in every match".

After falling behind to James Milner's drive just after the hour mark, Arsenal responded impressively, carving out a fine chance for fan favourite Lucas Torreira just moments later. That's football. If he thought the first situation was offside then I think he was wrong, but it's not going to change and we made more mistakes than the referee.

The left-back also rued how the Reds conceded "a poor goal from our point of view", explaining how previously "this season we've been really good at holding on to leads".

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"The start was like, "Wow, Arsenal are there" but then the first attack we had, everyone knew, 'Okay, they are not too bad as well!'" Under Emery, they're slowly starting to shake off the lethargy that set in towards the tail end of Wenger's tenure.

The Gunners, however, had the goal they deserved to celebrated eight minutes from time when Lacazette found space behind Liverpool's defensive line, evaded an out coming Alisson and curled the ball exquisitely into the far corner.

Arsenal brought pretty much all of their strikers [on]... He showed composure, technique and skill with his finish, while Henrik Mkhitaryan scuffed a similar opportunity presented to him in the first half.

Arsenal is four points off the pace.

The manner in which he took his goal exemplified everything that makes him such a good player.

Asked by Raphael Honigstein for ESPN FC what Saturday's test meant for the club, Leno said: "That we can take on the big ones".

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