Liverpool can’t afford to lose in ‘ridiculous’ Premier League, says Joe Gomez

Sebastian Caceres

Speaking 24 hours before Saturday's riveting 1-1 draw with Liverpool, Unai Emery was clear about what he wanted to see from his Arsenal team against Jurgen Klopp's Premier League title hopefuls.

Neither side could find a victor in the closing stages as Arsenal remain four points behind their visitors in the table.

Liverpool's own refusal to take a backward step helped the occasion, making this one of the finest Premier League matches this season, but Arsenal's fans reserved most of their appreciation for their own team.

When Sadio Mane crossed after 62 minutes, Bernd Leno was under no immediate pressure, but he seemed to be caught a little flat-footed and ended up stretching, flapping the ball into Rob Holding, from where it rebounded to James Milner.

The right-back looked completely short of confidence, gifting Arsenal chance after chance, and was even at fault for Alexandre Lacazette's equaliser.

Lacazette and [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang are a real handful.

The Senegal worldwide tapped home after Roberto Firmino had hit the post but his effort was chalked off even though he was behind the ball, having initially been offside when the move started.

Arsenal, after all, finished 37 points behind champions City last season and down in sixth place, closer to the bottom of the table than the top.




Liverpool were also threatening and had the ball in the net moments later, only for Mane's effort to be controversially ruled out for offside.

"We could have kept our shape better in the first half".

The Spanish head coach used Ramsey as a second-half substitute in a 1-1 draw with Liverpool FC as Lucas Torreira produced an impressive performance in the heart of Arsenal's midfield.

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.

The Gunners also asked questions as an Alexander Lacazette's shot narrowly went wide after a lovely build up play from Mesut Ozil and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Mane was then behind both ball and player when Firmino lifted it over Leno, rendering him onside for the second phase of play.

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.

He may not have the individual accolades and statistics of that calibre, of player, but in terms of attitude, work rate, leadership and professionalism, Milner will go down as one of the most consummate professionals to have laced up their boots in this league.

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