A late goal from Alexandre Lacazette ensured that Arsenal claimed a more merited point against Liverpool at the Emirates on Saturday night after James Milner had given the Kops a second-half lead against the run of play.
It was an enthralling game in North London between two sides committed to playing high-energy, attacking football.
The first 45 minutes was breathtaking with a few shots for the two sides. Henrikh Mkhitaryan got up over Alisson to head just wide of goal from a profound cross before Liverpool went up the opposite end and had the ball in the net.
Milner’s ball over the highest point of Arsenal’s defence found Firmino, who jabbed the ball against the post only for the ball to fall into Mane’s way. He tapped home, but the linesman raises his flag up for offside denting Mane’s celebration, in spite of Mane being offside from the first phase of play, but behind the ball for Firmino’s attempt on goal.
Liverpool appeared to be reaching for three points clear at the top of the table after James Milner’s 50th career Premier League goal had set them on course for triumph. But the North -London side revived and deservedly secured themselves a 1-1 draw as Lacazette wriggled free inside the 18-yard box before striking home with eight minutes remaining.
LACAZETTE! What a finish! pic.twitter.com/SYE45B7VRb
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) November 3, 2018
Arsenal has a poor ongoing record against the League’s top clubs and Unai Emery talked about his craving to change that in the wake of starting his tenure with defeats against Manchester City and Chelsea.
Arsenal winger Alex Iwobi concedes a draw was a fair result and contributes the improvements seen within the squad to new boss Unai Emery.
“It was a difficult game with both attacking teams and I guess the fair result was the draw,” Iwobi said.
“We are giving extra intensity and you can see the manager demands a lot not just in games but on the training pitch and it is paying off.
“People say juice is banned but we do get it in the mornings so he is not too strict! It is not just the nutrition it is the attention to detail and tactics and you can see we are enjoying it.”
The draw extends Liverpool’s unbeaten start and puts them on 27 points, one clear of Manchester City, who play on Sunday, at the top. While Arsenal unbeaten in nine league matches remain in fourth on 23 points.
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