Arsenal 1-1 Liverpool: Player Ratings - What the media and statistics say

Rashford came off the bench to snatch an injury-time victor against Bournemouth for Jose Mourinho's side, giving them a 2-1 victory and helping them keep pace with the top four.

In fact last season, one would have to look all the way down the table to 15 placed Brighton to find the first team that drew more times than the Reds, whose 12 stalemates were an equal third highest, and they already have just one less (three) than Southampton's league high of four.

When Paul Merson came out on Sky Sports during the week and said that he thought Arsenal would get whipped by Liverpool at the Emirates on Saturday, I knew all was not right with the world. 'They've brought in many players to play in that position over the years to nearly make things tick.

"They can win the Premier League this season". However, the Gunners have scored more goals after the break than any other side (19).

Arsenal deserved a point from what, given the opposition, was arguably its most impressive performance of the season and it came thanks to one of Emery's substitutions: Alex Iwobi, who drifted in from the left and played a terrific ball through to Lacazette.

They say you don't notice something until it's gone, and that is a good thing at Arsenal this season. "He could be the glue for this Arsenal team." .

Unai Emery sent on Alex Iwobi on 68 minutes, and the Nigerian global eventually set up Arsenal's equaliser, with Lacazette turning past a stranded Alisson before producing a fine finish.

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Emery, while insisting that a point is never enough, admitted Arsenal's performance against Liverpool showed good progress is being made at the Emirates. Emery's arrival after 22 years of Wenger represents a seismic change and there will be defeats ahead - but Arsenal can analyse what was meant to be a forensic investigation of their tactical transformation and give themselves a pass mark.

This was largely due to a backs-to-the-wall defensive showing from the 20-year-old up against the unsafe Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, winning five of his eight duels and making seven clearances.

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

The Gunners also asked questions as an Alexander Lacazette's shot narrowly went wide after a lovely build up play from Mesut Ozil and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. You have a player in a slightly offside position and the other one takes the ball.

Even Emery admitted Arsenal are far from the finished article, even citing Liverpool's gradual improvement in three years under Klopp as an example to follow. We have to prepare the pressing better.

But Emery spoke in the build-up to this contest about wanting to write a new history for Arsenal and in this fixture there were signs his players are embracing the new era, which will have been a pleasant birthday treat for their boss.

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