Published: Mon, November 05, 2018
Sport | By Matt Richards

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

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

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

The start was like "Wow, Arsenal are there" but then the first attack we had, everyone knew 'OK, they are not too bad as well!' It was then a pretty open game.

Mohamed Salah of Liverpool can not reach the ball as it is gathered by Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Liverpool FC at Emirates Stadium on November 3, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

You did read that correctly, whenever he's scored in England's top-flight he's never been on the losing side - it's now just inevitable that he'll be undefeated.

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Liverpool are now 11 games into the league season and are yet to lose.

Alexandre Lacazette earned Arsenal a point at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, cancelling out James Milner's second-half opener.

Arsenal deserved a point from what, given the opposition, was arguably its most impressive performance of the season and it came thanks to one of Emery's substitutions: Alex Iwobi, who drifted in from the left and played a terrific ball through to Lacazette. 38 matches. It's very important when you play against City and Chelsea or against Liverpool.

Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy described Virgil van Dijk as "absolutely phenomenal" after Saturday's 1-1 draw with Arsenal. After City, after Chelsea, maybe today we are more near in our performance to be in front of them.

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Liverpool have been linked with Ramsey as they look to bolster their creative midfield options in the coming transfer windows. The team is largely the same as past year, with only goalkeeper Bernd Leno and midfielder Lucas Torreira starting this game, having arrived in the summer. It is clear Arsenal are in a very good moment. Torreira, however, is a hugely important addition. I don't think there is any reason to try to do something really big like bring in another striker.

Arsenal's resurgence is not exclusively down to the summer signing of the 22-year-old from Sampdoria. Mesut Ozil and Granit Xhaka's revitalization is proof of that. And all of the above is down to one man: Emery.

"I'm happy with our performance and I think today the balance in the 90 minutes is more balanced positively with the control against them, but it's very hard to not let them have chances also".

But Emery spoke in the build-up to this contest about wanting to write a new history for Arsenal and in this fixture there were signs his players are embracing the new era, which will have been a pleasant birthday treat for their boss.

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