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

Hope Soto
November 5, 2018

"This is a point and a draw, maybe we deserve a little more". The decision to disallow a Sadio Mane goal for offside was questionable, while Virgil van Dijk also hit a post.

Arsenal shook off their habit of getting off to slow starts in games as they came out attacking from the start and had the lion's share of chances in the first half - although Liverpool often looked risky on counters and hit the post through Virgil van Dijk before the break, while Sadio Mane's goal was questionably ruled out for offside. Liverpool could have been seven points clear of Arsenal and with a healthy amount of breathing space, but one slip up later down the line will invite Arsenal to catch them up.

"This draw is different to Chelsea, for example, so there are ups and downs and things that we can learn", Milner told

Further forward, the talented but frustrating Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan continue to blow hot and cold, but the two flair players at least now put a shift in for the team and play with a sense of objective. We need more. We need more in our work, tactically also. However, Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno spread himself well to deny the Dutchman an unlikely goal.

DF Rob Holding, 7 - Very good in aerial duels and coped well when dealing with Roberto Firmino in close quarters.

DF Shkodran Mustafi, 7 - Was near flawless for the opening hour but questions can be raised about his role in Liverpool's goal as well. For as impressive as it was going forward, the Gunners always looked vulnerable and should have been behind at the half.

"They proved a lot of people wrong because they came out and had a real go at Liverpool and I thought they deserved something out of it".

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'But the reaction of the team was ideal.

If they don't lose by more than three goals next week, I'll be shocked.

"When you really look at him, he was really quiet today". Let's face it, this was no surprise, as Arsenal aren't accustomed to leading in the first half.

Liverpool took the lead largely against the run of play when Mane got in behind the defence, resulting in his ball across the box being diverted to the feet of James Milner, who had time to fire in his 50 Premier League goal.

Emery's decision to sacrifice Aubameyang rather than Lacazette with his substitutions was vindicated when the French global kept his composure to brilliantly curl into the far corner after being forced wide by Alisson. In Burnley I saw a very good performance in the defensive phase.

MF Alex Iwobi, 7 - Gave Arsenal a spark when he came on and did well to set up Lacazette for the equaliser.

MF Danny Welbeck N/R - Injected pace and energy as a late sub and helped create some late chances for the victor.

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