Arsenal may not have beaten Liverpool on Saturday evening, but there are plenty of positives to take from the 1-1 draw at the Emirates Stadium. It was certainly not a terrible display by the Gunners by any stretch of the imagination.
Positive from Emery
One was the fact that Emery made some risky substitutes, which played a part in the Gunners 82nd-minute equaliser.
The Spaniard decided to send on forward Danny Welbeck in place of left-back Sead Kolasinac. The move saw Nigerian international winger Alex Iwobi move to full-back to replace the Bosnian international.
The move resulted in Iwobi setting up Alexandre Lacazette for the vital equaliser. Emery’s positive approach also led Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp to preserve the draw by taking of star forward Mohamed Salah and bringing on centre-back Joel Matip.
Would Arsenal have drawn under Wenger?
Saturday’s game was arguably the sort of encounter that Arsenal would probably have lost in the latter stages of Arsene Wenger’s career as Gunners boss. However, the team kept going against an excellent Liverpool side.
They kept battling and prevented the visitors from extending their lead, especially the excellent Lucas Torreira in the centre of midfield.
Eventually, the equaliser arrived and the Gunners kept up their recent unbeaten run. Of course, if Liverpool’s offside goal was allowed from Sadio mane it would have been a different story.
However, these sorts of calls happen nearly every game in the Premier League. The Gunners benefitted from a big decision against Everton earlier this season too. It is swings and roundabouts when it comes to decisions. To use a cliché they tend to even themselves up throughout a league campaign.
Closer to the top four
I doubt many Arsenal fans realistically expect to challenge for the Premier League title this season. I also doubt that many will get carried away with a draw against one of the strongest teams in the top-flight.
The way Arsenal have started life under Unai Emery is encouraging and the Gunners look closer to the top-four spots this season than in the last few campaigns. Arsenal are now odds of 6/4 to finish in the Champions League spots.
I do believe that most Arsenal fans will feel more encouraged by the team’s start to the campaign than maybe they were at the start of the season. Arsenal look to be moving in the right direction under Unai Emery and the performance against Liverpool was more proof of the move in the right direction.
Were you pleased with a draw against Liverpool?