On Saturday Liverpool travelled to The Emirates Stadium to take on an Arsenal side on the crest off a good run of form. In what was an intense affair with few chances between the sides in the opening 60 minutes, with the closest being a Sadio Mane effort that was ruled out for off side in the first half, before Virgil Van Dijk hit the woodwork with his header. The opening part of the second half was again all about the unbeaten Liverpool, who should have taken the lead, only for Gunners keeper Bernd Leno to brilliantly deny Van Dijk shot.
However, on the hour mark Leno’s clearance rebounded of Rob Holding and into the path of James Milner who’s thunderous strike wasn’t going to be stopped as he gave his side the lead.
Now in the past few years this could have been the bringing of the end for Arsenal, but under new coach Uni Emery and a 13 game unbeaten run they have a self believe about them and as time was running out Alexandre Lacazette managed to pinch the ball of Liverpool keeper Alisson, before turning on a sixpence to slot the ball into the net and level the game at 1-1. The point takes Liverpool to the top of the premier league, admittedly that could be short lived as both Manchester City and Chelsea play the following day.
Speaking after the game Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was happy with the result despite his feeling’s regarding the early goal being disallowed.
“It was very intense, Arsenal are in a very good moment,” Klopp told the BBC, “A point at Arsenal will always be a good result, so we take that and move on.”
While Gunners boss Emery was clear in his thought’s has he spoke to BT sport post game
“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. For the supporters it is a great match and a good spectacle but I am only 50% happy because we wanted to win.
“Today the balance was good in our speed and intensity. We worked very well for the 90 minutes and the two goals is the difference in the match. This is a point and a draw, maybe we deserve a little more.”
The result see’s both sides keep their unbeaten runs going as they both look forward to another mid week European clash as Liverpool travel to Serbia to take on Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League on Tuesday, while Arsenal have a couple of days rest before they welcome Sporting Lisbon to the Emirates in the Europa League.