Milner: We could have been more ruthless

Sergio Cunningham
November 4, 2018

Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira chase and snap at attackers until they win the ball, then hold positions in front of the centre-backs which provide protection and allow the full-backs to advance.

It was a test of Emery and his players, of their resilience and self-belief - in many ways a test of what exactly he is trying to bring to Arsenal.

Roberto Firmino hit the woodwork and Sadio Mane was wrongly flagged offside for the follow-up, while Virgil van Dijk's looped header kissed the post in first-half stoppage time.

8 - Emery went with his most attack-minded lineup by starting his four biggest stars together for the first time, with Mesut Ozil, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Lacazette all getting the nod. He was bold and was rewarded. This is an Arsenal team that still has more Achilles heels than is ideal, one of them in goal. "I was actually waiting for Robin van Persie and Dennis Bergkamp".

"A point is a fair result, but we had clear chances to win and that is frustrating", said Klopp.

Arsenal versus Liverpool is serious business - he knows that now.

Yes, there was a wobble after James Milner put Liverpool ahead but there was no sign of the capitulation we may have witnessed in the past.

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"But it's not going to change and we made more mistakes than the referee".

"Arsenal were under pressure because a lot of people were saying that on this run they hadn't played anyone of any substance", said former Arsenal striker Ian Wright on Match of the Day. "The new history is in the present and also, with our players, our quality and our capacity, I believe in my players and this project".

The goal prevented unbeaten Liverpool from opening up a three-point lead at the top of the Premier League, while Unai Emery's are now unbeaten in 14.

It is still early days of the new era under Emery, with Arsenal just 16 games in, but there is an air of positivity around the Emirates again, and that is success in itself.

The same article states that Ramsey looks set to leave Arsenal in the summer when the 27-year-old's current deal with the north London side comes to an end. "We made life too easy for them". But also, we need the regularity of every match and the next match against Wolverhampton here, is the same. Emery's determination to increase the fitness and work-rate of Wenger's players is now beginning to bear fruit, and those who were drifting last season are now pulling up trees.

No team will be able to completely contain Liverpool's high-powered attack for 90 minutes but Milner's opener still felt a bit unnecessary.

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