Lacazette: Arsenal believe we can can compete against Premier League elite

Ryan Giggs manager of Wales talks to Aaron Ramsey

Ryan Giggs manager of Wales talks to Aaron Ramsey

Liverpool will be looking to extend their run of 10 unbeaten games in the Premier League this season, with a point against the Gunners tonight enough to lift them above Man City into pole position in the standings.

"It gives us the big regularity for the season - 38 matches. But in the best teams you need more than that", Ferdinand told BT Sport.

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. Wolves next week, probably a whole different match. "One time we didn't close the half space, and they scored". Liverpool had a lot of respect. It was a slightly odd game, one that Arsenal dominated for long periods and yet one which Liverpool had enough clear-cut chances to have won fairly comfortably.

Good managers and coaches make their players better, inspiring them to perform with greater intensity, and the greatest compliment for Emery is that he is transforming several members of his squad, many of whom had been written off as no-hopers during the final days of Wenger. It's clear we need to improve.

In fact last season, one would have to look all the way down the table to 15 placed Brighton to find the first team that drew more times than the Reds, whose 12 stalemates were an equal third highest, and they already have just one less (three) than Southampton's league high of four. The Swiss made more passes (47), had more touches (59), made more tackles (5) and more recoveries (9) than any other player in the first half, emphasising the improvement he has made under Emery.

"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", he said.

In the end, it was the visitors who opened the scoring when Milner was on hand to pounce on Bernd Leno's poor clearance to calmly stroke the ball home. For a goalie it's a bit like getting the s-- of the stick.




It was also further evidence that this Arsenal side, while retaining the flowing game that was their trademark, also has stomach for the fight. "I knew before it would be hard". But at the beginning of the season, you had the feeling the fans become very uneasy, but the fans immediately pushed us forward.

Then a minute after the hour mark, the deadlock was broken as Jurgen Klopp's side took a deserved lead.

"It was always hard against Arsenal (before today), it was very spectacular, today was no less spectacular just with less goals than last season". His impact in some moments in the match, like our goal, is important. Mourinho has given him many, many minutes, but I believe he is at an age now where if he's not starting he'll be disappointed.

"He can. He is very young".

Emery also avoided a question about a possible European Super League, after reports that the continent's top clubs - including Arsenal - have held talks about a possible breakaway competition.

"I think it should've been a goal, that's how it is", he added. "I don't feel like we dropped two points", the BBC reported that the German mused.

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