Arsenal progress under Unai Emery plain to see in draw with Liverpool

Toby Graves
November 4, 2018

But Alexandre Lacazette registered his fifth Premier League goal of the season in style with eight minutes remaining.

The modern offside law and interpretation of exactly when a player is interfering is something that seems perpetually shrouded in confusion, but it was hard to avoid the conclusion that Mane had been hard done when he tapped in after Roberto Firmino's 18th-minute lob came back off the post.

Replays showed the Senegal forward was in an offside position when Firmino latched on to Trent Alexander-Arnold's lofted pass but was level when his fellow attacker shot for goal.

Klopp said: "I think it was a goal, it should have been a goal".

Emery's energy transmits itself to Arsenal's players and supporters. Actually, it was a brilliant attack.

"You're giving managers a bit too much credit if you think we have that much influence".

It remains to be seen if this is an indication that Cech will become Arsenal's cup goalkeeper, but on this season's evidence, which has seen both start seven games, it is the Premier League newcomer who has better suited Emery's style of play.

Klopp conceded it was an "intense" encounter but declared it a good result.

Despite starting the tie as favourites, Klopp insists they need to be clinical on their London tip to make sure they keep their winning run going. He was also behind the last Arsenal defender, but because he hit the ball in the "second phase" of the move, Mane's goal should have stood. "I knew before it would be hard".

"We are in our mentality that we also need to improve things but each match they are giving us a lot of information for improvement and development and I trust in my players".

'A point is a good result, Emery can say the same, but we had clear chances, ' the Liverpool manager told BBC Sport. But such are the standards City has set that it feels every point not won could be vital.

The beginning of the second half was more of the same, with Arsenal dominating the ball and Liverpool being forced to absorb pressure and look for opportunities to counter-attack.

Emery has taken Ozil out of his comfort zone and been very outspoken about saying he needs to do more for the team, but at the same time he has rewarded him by giving him the captain's armband, which sends a message about how much he values him.

A point certainly felt well deserved and Arsenal easily could have scored more if they had been sharper in front of goal.

Fireworks went off in the sky above the Emirates Stadium at full-time of Arsenal's 1-1 draw with Liverpool on Saturday night.

"It's hard for 90 minutes but, in moments, we need to impose our ideas in a duel of 90 minutes". Our job now is to use the quality that we have and to work with it because one player doesn't change it.

"Maybe today we are more near those teams".

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