Storm clouds have been gathering over Jose Mourinho's misfiring United side, but goals by Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard at least ensured they did not suffer a first home league defeat by the Gunners since 2006. "The next step, I think, is with us".
Ramsey and Holding were both forced off against United on Wednesday, with the latter suffering what Emery described as a "big" injury that could keep him ruled out for the long term.
"I would have taken seventh or sixth to be honest with you, don't get me wrong, it's a transitional year". This draw is not the best, but not the worst. When we are winning, it was a good moment, but they equalised very quickly.
"Leading the game, especially going in at half-time, always puts you in a comfortable position and if we can do that now for the remainder of this season it would help us".
His praise for the existing players and not calling for vast amounts of money were what eventually got him the job and saw Arteta stay at the Etihad to work for another season with the champions.
"I am very proud for our work and how every player responded in the 90 minutes".
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With the game suddenly having come to life, Arsenal wasted two chances to take the lead for the third time, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang shooting straight at De Gea from point-blank range before Mkhitaryan missed with a near-post touch.
Second-placed Liverpool confirmed their best ever start to a top-flight campaign as they hit back from a goal down at struggling Burnley.
Fulham on Saturday visit Old Trafford, where Mourinho's Manchester United will hope to secure their first Premier League victory in five games, reuniting the pair for the first time since Ranieri's departure from Leicester.
But James Milner's excellent low equaliser was followed by Roberto Firmino's close-range effort, with his first touch three minutes after he had replaced Alberto Moreno, and Xherdan Shaqiri added Liverpool's third.
Both second-half goals came in a insane minute as firstly Rojo turned the ball off Alexandre Lacazette and into the United net in his attempts to make a last-ditch tackle. "I know maybe he was offside, but it was very hard".