Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

Arsenal boss Emery: Liverpool are a very good example

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Stacy Diaz | 04 November, 2018, 21:08

It was match commentator Peter Drury that said it, but the whole footballing world surely knows it and is taking notice of the football that Unai Emery has Arsenal playing this season, putting them back on the map at the top of the English game. It may have only been a point - Emery declaring himself "only 50% happy because I wanted to win" - but they had seen enough to build on the optimism created by what is now a 13-game unbeaten run.

Good managers and coaches make their players better, inspiring them to perform with greater intensity, and the greatest compliment for Emery is that he is transforming several members of his squad, many of whom had been written off as no-hopers during the final days of Wenger. "But Liverpool is a very good test, and at the moment, we are continuing to work and improve".

Liverpool have now played four of the other five "big six" clubs, and have drawn three of them with their only victory coming at Wembley against Spurs.

"I believe we were the better side today and that's how we must continue". Maybe today we were more near with our performance.

"I don't feel like we dropped two points, but when I speak to Virgil van Dijk and he tells me he should have scored a hat-trick, I am reminded that we missed big chances".

After falling behind to James Milner's drive just after the hour mark, Arsenal responded impressively, carving out a fine chance for fan favourite Lucas Torreira just moments later.

The left-back also rued how the Reds conceded "a poor goal from our point of view", explaining how previously "this season we've been really good at holding on to leads".

Emery's decision to take off top scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for Iwobi had raised eyebrows, but this wasn't the first time his mid-game change has made an impact. We made life a bit too easy for them in the first half. That's OK. Our set-pieces were outstanding and we should have scored from them.

The beginning of the second half was more of the same, with Arsenal dominating the ball and Liverpool being forced to absorb pressure and look for opportunities to counter-attack. I was actually waiting for Van Persie and Bergkamp!

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.

Realistically, a draw for Liverpool at Arsenal should be a good result.