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Two evenly matched sides played out an entertaining draw

Two evenly matched sides played out an entertaining draw

Streaking English titans Arsenal and Liverpool produced one of the most riveting games of the Premier League season when they met in London on Saturday, so perhaps it was fitting that both teams respective unbeaten streaks remained intact following the 1-1 tie. "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". You can't really say where it'll go, and then the ball falls flat on Milner's feet.

"They can win the Premier League this season, they play the final of the Europa League three years ago and last season they were in the final of the Champions League - they are a very good example for us".

When Sadio Mane crossed after 62 minutes, Bernd Leno was under no immediate pressure, but he seemed to be caught a little flat-footed and ended up stretching, flapping the ball into Rob Holding, from where it rebounded to James Milner. "And that's the goal".

In contrast to their last visit to the Emirates when they conceded three times in five minutes almost a year ago, Liverpool needed to show their new-found defensive resolve as a confident Arsenal started and finished the brighter. "I don't know how things were in the past". It didn't work, sadly.

It may seem a harsh observation after Wenger's reign produced so much success and magnificent football but there is a sense of release emanating from many Arsenal supporters, who also enjoy Emery's own touchline body language, which was often more than a match for Liverpool counterpart Klopp's usual animated and vocal efforts in his technical area.

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He desperately wanted to play for England again", scrum head coach Neal Hatley said. We've got to be ready for everything.

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.

"We need every player". And, as has also become the norm under the former Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain head coach, Emery's tactical changes proved the catalyst for improvement.

The importance of turning one point into three in a title fight is paramount, especially from winning positions late on against quality opposition.

If they don't lose by more than three goals next week, I'll be shocked. "And he can. He's very young and he's improving but also with the ambition [that] he can do more".

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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