Published: Mon, November 05, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Bernd Leno shaky, Lucas Torreira tenacious as Arsenal hold Liverpool

Bernd Leno shaky, Lucas Torreira tenacious as Arsenal hold Liverpool

The draw meant that Liverpool still went top of the Premier League table but it gave title rivals Manchester City the chance to go two points ahead if they win their fixture against South coast club Southampton on Sunday.

The game also extended this quirky, yet quite remarkable, record of James Milner.

"We knew we would not lose this game because we were so good and we showed character again". But perhaps that isn't entirely fair for Liverpool; after all, this is an Arsenal side that has improved significantly since then, one riding a 14-game unbeaten streak.

The visitors led thanks to James Milner's strike just after the hour, his 50th Premier League goal, but they were pegged back at Emirates Stadium on Saturday by Alexandre Lacazette's late leveller.

Milner has always been a reliable player throughout his career, but his importance has grown since his move to Liverpool.

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 unsafe on counters and hit the post through Virgil van Dijk before the break, while Sadio Mane's goal was questionably ruled out for offside. It was a slightly odd game, one that Arsenal dominated for long periods and yet one which Liverpool had enough clear-cut chances to have won fairly comfortably. After City, after Chelsea, maybe today we are more near in our performance to be in front of them.

Emery's work with this Arsenal team has been exceptional, and Saturday's comeback draw vs. 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.

So how has Emery inspired such a swift turnaround from the malaise of recent seasons?

Only Manchester City have scored more than the Gunners this term, while the link-up play between the attacking quartet of Lacazette, Aubameyang, Mesut Ozil and Mkhitaryan was breath-taking at times.

GK Bernd Leno, 5 - A mixed bag from the goalkeeper.

He took his goal very well, with a great deal of composure, and his teammates' performance ensured that incredibly, he still has never lost a Premier League game in which he has scored.

Arsenal brought pretty much all of their strikers [on]...

Arsenal's resurgence is not exclusively down to the summer signing of the 22-year-old from Sampdoria. The 22-year-old has taken such command of the back end of midfield that he has somehow helped Granit Xhaka develop a sense of positional discipline.

"Today the balance was good in our speed and intensity".

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