Arsenal and Liverpool share spoils after pulsating match
Torreira leads strong performance from reborn Gunners
03 November, 2018 — By Tom Foot
FA Premier League
ARSENAL 1 (Lacazette, 82)
LIVERPOOL 1 (Milner, 61)
UNAI Emery’s Arsenal were more than a match for Liverpool but had to settle for a point after a pulsating encounter at the Emirates.
Alexandre Lacazette struck a sweet equaliser late on after James Milner put Liverpool ahead following a Bernd Leno mistake.
Arsenal fought back and deserved a winner on the night with a hat full of chances in which Lucas Torriera shone.
After the match, Emery said: “I think 1-1 is a good result, we are happy 50 per cent. We can lose in one minute but we could have won. It was a good test for us. The spirit is like a new one. It is important that we play around (the level) of City, Chelsea and Liverpool. We need this quality in every match.”
The Gunners wore black arm bands in respect of the Leicester tragedy and there was a minute’s silence before the game.
Arsenal started like a runaway train with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Lacazette looking dangerous.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan headed just wide of an empty net and Lacazette had a shot saved from point blank range. Aubameyang had two strikes deflected wide in the first half.
From beginning to end, Torreira was superb. His bustling energy set the tone and builds the atmosphere. Fans have adapted the old Vieira song for his name and there is a lot of love building for the pint-sized Uruguayan. He could have scored in the second half but shooting does not seem to be his forte.
Rob Holding and Shkodran Mustafi were strong and composed in central defence.
The only let down was Henrik Mkhitaryan who still looks a bit off the pace.
The Gunners looked more dangerous with Alex Iwobi on the pitch. Emery said: “Iwobi can improve. He is I think an impact. He is very young.”
Emery pulled off Aubameyang with 15 minutes to go and before the equaliser in an eyebrow raising move. But fans are already trusting him to make the right tactical changes.
The goal followed a few minutes later with Lacazette making the run, swivelling and curling into the far corner with power.
Earlier, Leno could have done better when he palmed out a Mane cross into a dangerous area leaving Milner with time and space to finish.
A win for Arsenal would have really laid down a marker but considering Anfield last season the performance was spectacular – and Arsenal should be back in the Champions League next season.
ARSENAL: Leno, Bellerin, Holding, Mustafi, Kolasanic (Welbeck 80), Xhaka, Mkhitaryan (Iwobi 68), Torreira, Ozil, Lacazette, Aubameyang (Ramsey 74)
Subs not used: Cech, Elneny, Maitland-Niles, Lichtsteiner, Smith Rowe.
LIVERPOOL Alisson, Fabinho, Van Dijk, Wijnaldum, Milner, Firmino (Shaqiri 80) Mane, Salah (Matip 93), Gomez, Robertson, Alexander-Arnold.
Subs not used: Sturridge, Moreno. Lallana, Mignolet, Origi