Alexandre Lacazette Salvages Arsenal's Unbeaten Run, Slows Liverpool's Title Charge

Florence Fletcher
November 5, 2018

The game also extended this quirky, yet quite remarkable, record of James Milner. In the end, it was a 1-1 draw that saw the Gunners keep their impressive unbeaten streak alive.

But while the game was a fun, intense contest for the neutral, the Liverpool manager spent much of the first half in a state of agitation, unhappy with what he deemed a substandard display from his team.

You did read that correctly, whenever he's scored in England's top-flight he's never been on the losing side - it's now just inevitable that he'll be undefeated.

Arsenal dropped to fifth, behind Tottenham Hotspur who won 3-2 at Wolverhampton Wanderers in the late match.

Huge moment for the Reds, but the Gunners came to life.

"Of these three matches [against top teams], I think today is a more complete game for us". Although Emery's side embarked on a run of 12 wins in 13 games thereafter, they continued to begin hesitantly, with 26 of their 34 goals in that spell arriving after the interval.

"For our result, this point is not enough", Emery said. Chelsea, Man City and Liverpool have all had flying starts and we're right on their tails.

"Maybe after Manchester City and Chelsea, today we are more near those teams, but we need this quality in every match".

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Emery's work with this Arsenal team has been exceptional, and Saturday's comeback draw vs. "They're not in the same class as this Liverpool team", Merson said on Gillette Soccer Saturday.

So how has Emery inspired such a swift turnaround from the malaise of recent seasons?

GK Bernd Leno, 5 - A mixed bag from the goalkeeper. The diminutive holding midfielder has settled into life in the Premier League easily. Torreira, however, is a hugely important addition. Emery's arrival after 22 years of Wenger represents a seismic change and there will be defeats ahead - but Arsenal can analyse what was meant to be a forensic investigation of their tactical transformation and give themselves a pass mark.

Granit Xhaka believes Arsenal are ready to return to the Champions League this season and proved it by fighting back for this draw.

Emery fielded his big four attacking players Mesut Ozil, Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

"I'm happy with our performance and I think today the balance in the 90 minutes is more balanced positively with the control against them, but it's very hard to not let them have chances also".

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.

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