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Steve Nicol believes Arsenal were just the better side in an entertaining 1-1 draw with Liverpool at The Emirates. While no one inside the ground was celebrating, Gunners boss Unai Emery could at least spend the rest of his birthday reflecting on a promising performance from his team.

Arsenal had been behind within 15 minutes in both of those early losses to City and Chelsea and a reputation for slow starts has stuck.

Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno has praised the response of his teammates after his error saw Liverpool take the lead against the run of play on Saturday evening.

They've improved drastically at the back this season, with van Dijk and Alisson adding the sort of stability that has been lacking for years, while Joe Gomez has excelled since moving to center-back.

Liverpool were a threat, undoubtedly.

A point certainly felt well deserved and Arsenal easily could have scored more if they had been sharper in front of goal.

Half chances fell to the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan for the hosts as the backing of the Emirates Stadium faithful spurred them on to what was a tremendous first half performance. It eluded them once more, but their display was an encouraging one. The diminutive holding midfielder has settled into life in the Premier League easily.

Liverpool were denied an initial goal by the most slender of margins when Roberto Firmino struck the post and allowed Sadio Mane to tap in, but the Senegalese was deemed offside - perhaps controversially - by the assistant referee.

Emery's work with this Arsenal team has been exceptional, and Saturday's comeback draw vs. It is clear Arsenal are in a very good moment.

'But the reaction of the team was ideal. "That shows the character of this team".

MF Alex Iwobi, 7 - Gave Arsenal a spark when he came on and did well to set up Lacazette for the equaliser.

Melissa Reddy joined Dion and Paddy to discuss the evolution of Liverpool from daredevils of the Premier League to a more conservative, cautious version.

That also underlines the attacking depth the manager has at his disposal.

Into the action itself, and with Liverpool still ahead with just over 10 minutes to play, Jurgen Klopp looked to freshen up his attack by bringing on Xherdan Shaqiri.

"Progress is with time". But also, we need the regularity of every match and the next match against Wolverhampton here, is the same.

As the final whistle sounded on this superb spectacle, Arsenal's supporters acclaimed their players and radiated warmth as opposed to the ice-cold atmosphere that hung over much of last season. Those huge gaps aren't closed over the course of one summer.

And yet Liverpool had its chances.

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