Arsenal boss Emery: Liverpool are a very good example


"They had a few chances for sure, it's a home game for them".

So what's missing? Apathy, for one.

Prior to his start against the Gunners, his only other Premier League action came in a 21 minute cameo against Huddersfield before playing the entire 90 minutes of last weekend's win over Cardiff.

Emery's Sevilla beat Liverpool in the final of the Europa League in their first season under Jurgen Klopp in 2016.

Alexandre Lacazettte's 82nd minute equaliser cancelled out James Milner's opener for Liverpool, with Klopp admitting his side deserved nothing more than a point from their trip to Emirates Stadium.

FW Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 6 - Arsenal's main danger man in the first half and used his pace to great effect to torment the Liverpool defenders. The supporters could have lost belief and vented their frustrations on the players, as was often the case last season, but the crowd kept faith, turning up the noise levels in a positive sense, and the players responded by pushing hard to find a route back into the game.

Emery wants players that believe in his idea and his system of play, and he's slowly instilling that collective mentality in his players.

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"They say there are a lot of goals in past matches between Arsenal and Liverpool", he added. When we had the ball it was absolutely OK, we could have done better but it's always like this.

"But it's not going to change and we made more mistakes than the referee".

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

"The reaction of the team was ideal", goalkeeper Bernd Leno told Arsenal's official website afterwards. While the stats won't look all that impressive for him, he was such a workhorse out there, going so far as to deputize at fullback in the dying minutes of the game when the Gunners abandoned having fullbacks altogether in order to push the attack. The Uruguayan is the defensive midfielder Wenger's teams had lacked for at least a decade, and he has brought tenacity, vision, energy and a smart football brain to Emery's Arsenal. Indeed, Torreira's steel and doggedness in midfield is on of the keys to Arsenal's newly discovered backbone.

If work ethic, pressing and intensity have been hallmarks of Emery's early impact on Arsenal's play - forged during meticulous and high-energy training sessions - then so too is the spirit he has forged in the camp. Mesut Ozil and Granit Xhaka's revitalization is proof of that.

As impressive as Arsenal's unbeaten 11-game run is, they haven't really played anyone particularly risky, or at least any teams who have put real pressure on them, during that time.