Arsenal 1-1 Liverpool: 3 things we learned

Sunday, 04 Nov, 2018

As impressive as Arsenal's unbeaten 11-game run is, they haven't really played anyone particularly unsafe, or at least any teams who have put real pressure on them, during that time.

"Their development was to last season play the final in the Champions League".

"[We are] very disappointed really, which is a good thing I suppose, playing away at Arsenal", Milner told Liverpoolfc.com post-match.

It is early days and there will be bumps in the road as Emery imposes his new philosophy on Arsenal but if this was earmarked as the most severe examination of their credentials so far this season, they can be quietly satisfied with the results.

But Milner's goal stemmed from one of only a handful of chances Liverpool mustered in the second half.

And despite leaving the field as league leaders, some Liverpool fans seem intent on applying an impossible standard to the side - and want them to win every single match.

Too many times in Arsene Wenger's last few seasons Arsenal completely lost the plot against their rivals.

"We wanted to win but the performance is good, we push and we work the match, doing our tactics and with our supporters pushing us with energy". His scoring blip (5 games run in the league) might come to an end, as xG90 of 0.42 and xA90 of 0.24, indicate Aubameyang-like probabilities of goal contribution from Firmino. It doesn't have to, we saw in the Manchester City game (a goalless draw) that, but it is possible at least. Shkodran Mustafi was impressive against Roberto Firmino, Granit Xhaka looked like a disciplined performer and Hector Bellerin has added defensive discipline to his game under Emery's guidance. 'The new history is in the present and also, with our players, our quality and our capacity, I believe in my players and this project.

Laurent Koscielny meanwhile is out still recovering from a long-term injury. Liverpool tried a 4-3-3 in the first half and a 4-2-3-1 in the second, but in both it struggled to impose itself, hampered perhaps by the absence of either Jordan Henderson or Naby Keita (or both) in midfield. Other than the former Gunner, Alexander-Oxlade Chamberlain, rest of the squad is fit and well rested.

Yes, there was a wobble after James Milner put Liverpool ahead but there was no sign of the capitulation we may have witnessed in the past. In defence, Joe Gomez might be preferred over the error-prone Dejan Lovren.