Arsenal 1 Liverpool 1 - Late strike snatches deserved point for Gunners

Irene MckinneyNov 04, 2018

It may have only been a point - Emery declaring himself "only 50% happy because I wanted to win" - but they had seen enough to build on the optimism created by what is now a 13-game unbeaten run.

"The balance was good in our speed and intensity". 38 matches. It's very important when you play against City and Chelsea or against Liverpool.

A whipping boy when Arsenal fell short against Premier League heavyweights last season, Switzerland global Xhaka displayed all of his enviable array of qualities, often leaving Liverpool disorganised in central areas as a result. "It gives us the big regularity for the season - 38 matches", he said. We worked very well for the 90 minutes and the two goals is the difference in the match.

Jurgen Klopp's side go back to the top of the table for now but will be two points behind Manchester City if the champions beat lowly Southampton on Sunday afternoon (Monday morning AEDT), while Chelsea can also go above them with three points against Crystal Palace.

"It was tough and we changed the formation a bit at half-time and that helped us; obviously Millie helping Trent [Alexander-Arnold] out and Sadio [Mane] did a great job for me".

Leno had good and bad moments in this game, but the German looks an upgrade on the aging and error-prone Petr Cech.

"It was a hard one because we took the lead and this season we've been really good at holding on to leads". Liverpool tried a 4-3-3 in the first half and a 4-2-3-1 in the second, but in both it struggled to impose itself, hampered perhaps by the absence of either Jordan Henderson or Naby Keita (or both) in midfield. We scored 10 minutes from time.

The Reds captain James Milner has stated that Liverpool should have put away their chances against Arsenal during their weekend draw. "It's football... it was a brilliant attack, so it's a pity it didn't count, but we made a few more mistakes than the ref".

Arsenal brought pretty much all of their strikers [on]... The Spaniard won the Europa League three times in succession with Sevilla, including one against Klopp's Liverpool in 2016, and is a formidable tactical mind. I was actually waiting for Van Persie and Bergkamp! The Senegal forward tapped home after Roberto Firmino had lobbed the ball on to the post but had the goal ruled out despite replays showing he was behind the ball when Firmino took the strike on.

"It's not nice of course, but a point at Arsenal will always be a good result", surmised Klopp.

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