Lacazette strikes late as Arsenal hold Liverpool

Liverpool Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool Jurgen Klopp

In the end, though, they were punished by Lacazette's fine 82nd-minute finish.

Indeed, the Reds have only conceded four goals in 10 games in the English top flight so far, although Lovren has started in the middle of the defence and Gomez at full-back in their last two games.

In the grand scheme of things, Liverpool will accept a point from a hard away fixture such as this.

It is still early days of the new era under Emery, with Arsenal just 16 games in, but there is an air of positivity around the Emirates again, and that is success in itself.

"It was always hard against Arsenal (before today), it was very spectacular, today was no less spectacular just with less goals than last season".

The Liverpool manager had been clear in his belief that this game would test his side's credentials.

Liverpool, though, had the game in their palm after Milner's 61st-minute strike.

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Arsenal and Liverpool have served up some crackerjack matches in recent seasons, especially at the Emirates. In 49 league matches where he has scored, his team have never lost.

For Iwobi and his Arsenal teammates, they are still fourth on the log while they have now extended their unbeaten run across all competitions to 14 matches. And he was clearly onside when Firmino shot the ball, as he was when he knocked the rebound home for what should've been the first goal of the match. Mohamed Salah was prominent early but wasteful too often - when he squandered a late chance to play in Mane for a victor, it rather summed up his day.

His engine in the midfield, coupled with his experience and grit, compliments the quality that Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane possess. Leno looked unusually shaky in the air throughout the game and can be singled out as the main culprit for the goal, but the defending from Hector Bellerin and Shkodran Mustafi was suspect as well. He was his usual animated self on the sideline, though on reflection he was happy with the point.

Substitute Alex Iwobi, who was switched across the pitch to the left flank shortly after coming on, slipped a smart pass through to Lacazette, who showed great composure to turn away from Alisson before bending in the equaliser. He is likely to be paired up with Netherlands worldwide Georginio Wijnaldum, with James Milner on the bench.

The 29-year-old even remained in the starting line up following the addition of Virgil van Dijk in a £75m deal from Southampton in the January transfer window.

Arsenal shook off their habit of getting off to slow starts in games as they came out attacking from the start and had the lion's share of chances in the first half - although Liverpool often looked unsafe on counters and hit the post through Virgil van Dijk before the break, while Sadio Mane's goal was questionably ruled out for offside. "We have to do it better, prepare the pressing better".

A decent result, but one which could have been so much better.

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