Bernd Leno speaks out on mistake in Liverpool draw

Mohamed Salah is fit to face Arsenal

Mohamed Salah is fit to face Arsenal

Arsenal's only previous matches against teams now sitting in the top four in the Premier League came in August, when they were beaten by Manchester City and Chelsea.

"Of these three matches [against top teams], I think today is a more complete game for us".

"The balance was good in our speed and intensity".

Someone who may not get much of the attention, however, is young centre-half Rob Holding, who had a superb game at the heart of the defence, thwarting attempted through balls or runs from Liverpool's creative players on more than one occasion. But also, we need the regularity of every match and the next match against Wolverhampton here, is the same. We needed a little luck in some moments of the match and also we needed, when we were attacking, to find our goal.

"But the other games are important also because three points are the same against Liverpool or Crystal Palace or next week against Wolves".

"It was tough and we changed the formation a bit at half-time and that helped us; obviously Millie helping Trent [Alexander-Arnold] out and Sadio [Mane] did a great job for me". Maybe today we were more near with our performance.

But that run has largely been against the lesser lights - teams Arsenal were expected to beat - so the challenge against Liverpool was to prove that the revival since the opening two games has some substance to it. Milner's goal could have been a case of "here we go again", with Arsenal doing what they did under Wenger and caving in against the top teams.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan headed wide, Alexandre Lacazette had an effort rightly ruled out and then flashed across the face of goal as the Gunners searched for a first-half score they've found so hard to come by this season. Because he scored against Chelsea, and I want him to be more in the box, to have more chances to score. Arsenal put Liverpool under pressure immediately, with Lacazette forcing a good save from Reds goalkeeper Alisson inside three minutes. It was Arsenal, not Liverpool, playing the high tempo football, shipping the ball around fast enough to pick a way through Liverpool's defence.

A combination of Leno and Shkodran Mustafi prevented van Dijk from giving Liverpool a 23rd-minute lead when the centre-back stayed forward after a set-piece.

The former centre-back claimed Salah does not look the same player from last season, where he scored 44 goals in his first campaign at Anfield. One time you don't close the half space and they play the ball through'. It's not nice, but of course a point at Arsenal will always be an absolutely good result.

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