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


"I think today the supporters pushed a lot for us and the players feel it on the pitch to help us and that is a good combination".

In an enthralling 1-1 draw, Arsenal provided numerous answers after Alexandre Lacazette's late equaliser gave them a point.

Earlier in the day, Leicester played their first match since last Saturday's bad events as they faced Cardiff City in a very emotional game.

"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". We worked very well for the 90 minutes and the two goals is the difference in the match.

"We wanted to win but the performance is good, we push and we work the match, doing our tactics and with our supporters pushing us with energy", he said.

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The Reds took the lead through captain on the night James Milner, who also netted his 50 Premier League goal, but the Englishman was more disappointed that his side let the advantage slip.

"But the other games are important also because three points are the same against Liverpool or Crystal Palace or next week against Wolves. But the atmosphere and the character of the team right now is very good". That's football. If he thought the first situation was offside then I think he was wrong, but it's not going to change and we made more mistakes than the referee. Arsenal still need to eradicate those defensive weaknesses completely before they can start winning games like these. That's OK. Our set-pieces were outstanding and we should have scored from them.

Liverpool were denied an initial goal by the most slender of margins when Roberto Firmino struck the post and allowed Sadio Mane to tap in, but the Senegalese was deemed offside - perhaps controversially - by the assistant referee. Virgil said immediately after the game he should have had a hat-trick, but he had not even one [goal]. But - as they have done a few times already this year. I was actually waiting for Van Persie and Bergkamp! The three in midfield had to do too much and then the one time we don't close the half-space.

The French striker spun away to the left side of goal to keep the ball out of goalkeeper Alisson's reach before cutting back and firing a shot past the Brazilian's reach and into the far corner.

Arsenal's record against their top-six rivals has been poor of late but Unai Emery's side deserved to take a point from this game.