Arsenal 1-1 Liverpool: Liverpool players' rating

Heather Diaz
November 5, 2018

Leno started last weekend's draw at Crystal Palace, but Cech had only just returned to fitness after a hamstring injury. He maintained Liverpool's record of not losing a Premier League game after getting on the scoresheet. This is the first encounter between the two sides this season.

Arsenal started the season with defeats by City and Chelsea, and the weekend's clash against Liverpool will be a litmus test for Emery's resurgent squad, who are unbeaten in their last 13 games in all competitions.

The first 10 Premier League fixtures this season have seen the Reds concede a measly four goals and keep six clean sheets, with the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City unable to score against the Merseysiders.

Hector Bellerin (thigh) and Sokratis Papastathopoulos (ankle) will be assessed along with Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac (both hamstring) before a decision is made on their involvement.

Jurgen Klopp is unbeaten in five league games against the Gunners.

He told reporters: "It's normal, not happy".

Arsenal's draw vs. Liverpool further proof of the Unai Emery effect
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". If you look back on the game they probably had more possession but the clear-cut chances have all fallen to us.

Liverpool have since reached the Champions League final last season and are now level on points with Premier League leaders Manchester City.

"They had it in the second half and we couldn't fight back in the 63rd game of the season, there was not a lot of fuel left in the tank".

Crouch also believes that City are only going to get better, explaining, 'You associate title winners with having a period when they have to chisel out draws but it just feels at the minute that City are going to steamroller the vast majority of the teams they face. If they play on Friday and we play on Sunday then for two days you think about the pressure being more on us.

Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah is still struggling from an injury and looks a pale shadow of the player who took England by storm previous year, according to Martin Keown.

Arsenal got their leveller with eight minutes remaining as substitute Alex Iwobi played Lacazette through on goal; as he half-rounded Alisson, he turned back to goal and found the far corner with a sweet finish after taking a touch to compose himself 12 yards out. He is playing with the spirit I want today and every match. "In fact, this is probably Liverpool's most hard game of the season so far".

That said, it is clear that some of their biggest players are back in form - with Ozil looking like the player who played for Real Madrid and Aubameyang and Lacazette showing the class they were signed for.

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