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Liverpool are perfectly set up to exploit Arsenal’s first-half sluggishness

It is to Emery's credit that his changes have often impacted the game positively for his side, and that Arsenal only trail league leaders City and Liverpool by four points heading into this weekend.

'We got a point, we deserved a point and we could have had more.

Unlike recent performances where Arsenal have started slowly, Emery's players must be focused from the start and will need to put early pressure on the Liverpool defense, led by Dutch worldwide and record transfer Virgil van Dijk, if they have hopes of snatching all three points from the Reds.

However, James Milner opened the scoring in the second-half to put Liverpool ahead. Rob Holding and Shkodran Mustafi make up the Gunners' defence. Arsenal still need to eradicate those defensive weaknesses completely before they can start winning games like these. It looked like an attempt to fight fire with fire and the quartet managed to peg Liverpool back for large parts of the game and limit the opportunities for the visitors' forwards to shine. Alex Iwobi, whose pass created the equaliser, agreed.

The former Seville and PSG boss wasted no time in signing German global goalkeeper Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen for £19.2million to battle for Petr Cech's position. I don't see how it could have been massively better.

Arsenal fans were hopeful that Mohamed Salah, Liverpool's main star, would be injured. Maybe we needed to improve or to develop some things differently with the team and with the club, but I think this club is very big and was a big family also before I came here,"he disclosed".

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I was just sitting at home in California minding my own business but I could not stop thinking about what's going on down here. I'm not trying to test any waters.

Gunners boss Unai Emery is probably kicking himself, too, for squandering the chance to celebrate his 47th birthday with a win. Helped control the game and finally looked like the midfield general Arsenal need him to be.

In this fixture last season, Liverpool blew a two-goal lead by conceding three times in five minutes in a thrilling 3-3 draw. Can't be accused of going missing in this one.

Arsenal may have ridden their luck at times, especially when Mane's first-half strike was incorrectly ruled out for offside, but fortune favours the courageous and the signs are there that Emery has imbued the Gunners with a new spirit. Still can't get much reward for his work, though.

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Cech's save percentage (75.68) is marginally better than Leno's (72) this season, but the former Chelsea stopper has come under fire for a series of mistakes this season, notably during Arsenal's 3-2 victory over Cardiff.

"Arsenal have surprised me".

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