Arsenal boss Emery 'only 50% happy' after Liverpool draw

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James Milner left Emirates Stadium frustrated with a 1-1 draw against Arsenal but argued that feeling in itself is a positive for Liverpool to take.

In this fixture last season, Liverpool blew a two-goal lead by conceding three times in five minutes in a thrilling 3-3 draw.

"The gap between Liverpool and Manchester City was big previous year, so to overcome this gap you must be really strong and consistent and so far they're doing so well".

Following the game against the Reds, Arsenal face two further home games - against Portuguese side Sporting and Wolves - before the worldwide break.

And Emery has now disclosed what he has done to help the 22-year-old develop his game. Liverpool tried a 4-3-3 in the first half and a 4-2-3-1 in the second, but in both it struggled to impose itself, hampered perhaps by the absence of either Jordan Henderson or Naby Keita (or both) in midfield.

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And yet Liverpool had its chances. That may seem harsh but consistency is key, and Leno doesn't have it. He drilled it home. "Disappointing", he said. "These are the games we would like to see out". The ball is going and one player is offside and the referee doesn't whistle so he runs to the ball because he doesn't think he is offside and then the referee whistles.

Mane was in an onside position when Firmino shot, but offside when Trent Arnold-Alexander had played the ball to Firmino. Jurgen Klopp was adamant the goal should have stood. But, they have never been leading at halftime, suggesting that the bulk of their scoring has been happening in the second half. No doubt the point differences will increase as the season goes on and one way it will increase is when two of these top-six teams take each other head on. This, after all, is a side that specializes in transition and yet, for all that Arsenal pressed, it wasn't able to exploit the space behind it-itself testament to how effective Torreira was.

It is no secret by now that Arsenal are not starting games as well as they are finishing them, but so far it has not knocked Unai Emery's Gunners revolution too far off course - yet. I want every player to feel this confidence but also with a very big demand from us and on himself also to work every day. It was a question of momentum; they had it, we lost it. Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mesut Özil have all shone in recent weeks and Klopp knows stopping their 13-game unbeaten run in all competitions will not be easy.

As long as the majority of boys are fit we have a really good football team.

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