Arsenal 1 Liverpool 1 - Late strike snatches deserved point for Gunners

Arsenal vs Liverpool

Arsenal vs Liverpool

Last year's 3-3 was one of the most entertaining matches of the year for neutrals, but the sides came close to matching it in a thrilling 1-1 draw on Saturday.

A great ball from Trent Alexander-Arnold was dinked on to the crossbar by Roberto Firmino as Sadio Mane prodded the ball home, only for the goal to be wrongly disallowed for offside.

Unai Emery called upon the Wales global in all 10 of their Premier League games ahead of Saturday's visit of Liverpool FC, making six starts and four substitute appearances. Liverpool is proof of how they're progressing.

Arsenal began the game on top but it was Liverpool that had the ball in the back of the net on 18 minutes.

Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy described Virgil van Dijk as "absolutely phenomenal" after Saturday's 1-1 draw with Arsenal.

This was arguably Arsenal's most impressive - and encouraging - performance under Unai Emery. The team is largely the same as previous year, with only goalkeeper Bernd Leno and midfielder Lucas Torreira starting this game, having arrived in the summer. A very good red one. But, unusually, they were going toe-to-toe with a Big Six rival and might equally have taken the lead when Henrikh Mkhitaryan failed to guide his header on target with Alisson marooned.

MF Lucas Torreira, 8 - A one-man wrecking crew in midfield at times, throwing himself about to win the ball back and constantly looking to instigate attacks. It made it a bit more even and then it meant we could get forward a bit more as well.

MF Granit Xhaka, 8 - A perfectly timed sliding tackle on Salah in the box set the tone for the entire team. This is an Arsenal team that still has more Achilles heels than is ideal, one of them in goal. Let's face it, this was no surprise, as Arsenal aren't accustomed to leading in the first half.

But that run has largely been against the lesser lights - teams Arsenal were expected to beat - so the challenge against Liverpool was to prove that the revival since the opening two games has some substance to it. Milner's goal could have been a case of "here we go again", with Arsenal doing what they did under Wenger and caving in against the top teams. But faded after the break and was taken off with Arsenal chasing an equaliser.

Emery's decision to sacrifice Aubameyang rather than Lacazette with his substitutions was vindicated when the French worldwide kept his composure to brilliantly curl into the far corner after being forced wide by Alisson.

"I am happy and concentrating on giving my best for my team-mates, my manager and the fans".

MF Aaron Ramsey N/R - Came on shortly before the goal but didn't have much of an impact off the bench this time.

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