Published: Sun, November 04, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Arsenal 1-1 Liverpool: Highlights (Video): Reds held at the Emirates

Arsenal 1-1 Liverpool: Highlights (Video): Reds held at the Emirates

When it came, in the 83rd minute through Alexandre Lacazette's curling strike, it was a moment that owed as much to the belief of the fans as the drive of the players. Although Emery's side embarked on a run of 12 wins in 13 games thereafter, they continued to begin hesitantly, with 26 of their 34 goals in that spell arriving after the interval.

"The balance was good in our speed and intensity". We worked very well for the 90 minutes and the two goals is the difference in the match.

There were flickers of last season's Mohamed Salah in the first half but Arsenal dealt with him.

Jurgen Klopp's side go back to the top of the table for now but will be two points behind Manchester City if the champions beat lowly Southampton on Sunday afternoon (Monday morning AEDT), while Chelsea can also go above them with three points against Crystal Palace.

When James Milner put Liverpool 1-0 ahead just after the hour mark - a goal that was fortuitous in that the ball dropped perfectly for the midfielder following a freak deflection off the heel of defender Rob Holding - it was a test of Emery's new Arsenal, on and off the pitch.

"Maybe after Manchester City and Chelsea, today we are more near those teams, but we need this quality in every match. It gives us the big regularity for the season - 38 matches", he said.

"It was intense, very intense".

"We came under a bit of pressure and in the first half we probably didn't get it quite right - they switched the play and were really good at overloading on both sides", he added. Formation-wise I was not happy at how compact we were and stuff like that. When we had the ball it was good, we were a threat, we were in behind.

"It was then a pretty open game".

A combination of Leno and Shkodran Mustafi prevented van Dijk from giving Liverpool a 23rd-minute lead when the centre-back stayed forward after a set-piece.

"Virgil said to me afterwards: "I should have scored a hat-trick" and he didn't even score one", said Klopp.

He may not have the individual accolades and statistics of that calibre, of player, but in terms of attitude, work rate, leadership and professionalism, Milner will go down as one of the most consummate professionals to have laced up their boots in this league. But - as they have done a few times already this year. Let's face it, this was no surprise, as Arsenal aren't accustomed to leading in the first half. They play the ball through and could score the goal. It's not nice, but of course a point at Arsenal will always be an absolutely good result.

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