For a title race, where 100 points must be the prerequisite to displace Manchester City, this was not a heavenly result. However, there was a bigger story than mere profit accumulation: the unmistakable feeling that Arsenal is back in British football.
The idea was confirmed eight minutes before the time when Alexandre Lacazette, a player at the turntable of this club's upcoming relegation, turned the ball at his feet off the Liverpool goal, knocked out a shot and fired a shot wide, right corner of the net , But it was clear for a long time. People knew it. The stadium bounced off, a phenomenon that has been as rare in recent years as in the 82nd minute.
It helped to diminish some of the light in Liverpool, giving Arsenal 62 percent of possession. The hosts deconstructed this high-intensity philosophy of Liverpool and dominated a midfield where Jordan Henderson was sorely missed.
Alexandre Lacazette goes to the skies after scoring a brilliant equalizer on Saturday in a clash between Arsenal and Liverpool
Aaron Ramsey raises his arms solemnly as Lacazette finds the net back for Arsenal on Saturday night
Lacazette met Alisson on the Liverpool net before he equalized for Arsenal
The French striker caught the ball before he scored for Arsenal
Bernd Leno celebrates after Lacazette has played for Arsenal just ten minutes from time in the Emirates
James Milner celebrates that Liverpool were ahead of Arsenal after the hosts did not cross a cross into their box
The Liverpool captain managed to steer his shot past some bodies into the arsenal
Milner took the loose ball in the middle of the box to thunder his shot home and put Liverpool ahead in the second half
The English midfielder is congratulated by his team-mates from Liverpool after taking the lead in the Emirates
However, there was always an unmistakable sense of the game's importance to Emery as a measure of how far and how fast Arsenal is traveling. "Now is the time to write a new story," he wrote in his program notes … We want to create a new future here. We are at the beginning. "He did not add much on Saturday night in his unsteady, almost unfathomable English, but the connecting line told the story.
When Manchester City was in the stadium nearly three months ago, recklessly revealing the abyss in the class that confronted Emery, the Spaniard looked like a lost and listless soul, his hands in tight blue suit pockets.
This was a different story. He jumped, pleaded, admonished, and drew energy from the stands. His triumphant strike seemed meaningful after Granit Xhaka, who was unlike previous years, ran back 20 yards and slipped into the brave penalty area that expropriated Mohamed Salah. It was the gesture of a coach who knew that this type of Xhaka was lurking somewhere, if only it could be found.
The Swiss was the best player on the pitch at that time – a tie in a team that urgently flooded forward from deep down, moving the ball with intent, speed and a touch. His foil was the rather brilliant enforcer Lucas Torreira, who was able to win the ball ten times over the course of the match.
PLAYFIGHTS, PLAYER RATINGS, LEAGUE TABLE AND PLAY ZONE
ARSENAL: (4-2-3-1) Leno 6.5; Bellerin 6.5Holding 6, Mustafi 6Kolasinac 6 (Welbeck 81 6); Torreira 6.5Xhaka 6; Mkhitaryan 6.5 (Iwobi 68 6), Ozil 6.5Aubameyang 7.5 (Ramsey 73 5); Lacazette 7
UNUSED SUBS: Cech (GC); Lichtsteiner, Maitland-Niles, Smith-Rowe
GATES: Lacazette (82)
BOOKINGS: Lacazette (82)
TRAINER: Unai Emery 7
LIVERPOOL: (4-3-3) Alisson 6.5; Alexander Arnold 6Gomez 7van Dijk 8thRobertson 7; Milner 7Fabinho 5.5Wijnaldum 6; Salah 6 (Matip 90 + 4), Firmino 6 (Shaqiri 80 6), Mane 6.5
UNUSED SUBS: Mignolet (GK); Sturridge, Moreno, Lallana, Origi
GATES: Milner (62)
BOOKINGS: Fabinho (52)
TRAINER: Jürgen Klopp 7
REFEREE: Andre Marriner 6
MAN OF THE GAME: Virgil Van Dijk
VENUE: Emirates Stadium
James Milner (# 7) puts his shot on the net after Arsenal did not cross Sadio Mane (# 10). For more of Sportsmail's fantastic MATCH ZONE feature, click here.
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Virgil Van Dijk thought he had scored a goal but was stopped by Leno at the Arsenal goal as Liverpool continued to search for an opening game
Roberto Firmino (on the right) lifts the ball over Bernd Leno and only on the post, so Mane (not pictured) scores the rebound
Mane believed that he had broken the deadlock in the first half, but the efforts of the wing age were falsely ruled out for offside
MANE & S STRIKE SHOULD NOT BE PLAYED FOR OFFSIDE: CHRIS FOY – EXPERT VIEW
Liverpool may have considered himself unhappy after Sadio Mane was sidelined in the search for a goal.
While Mane is offside when Trent Alexander-Arnold plays Roberto Firmino, he is not active as it will not affect the defenders' ability to play the ball. And when Firmino makes his shot, Mane is behind the ball.
It happened so fast and it's just a misjudgment by referee assistant Simon Long.
It was an exam that was not always the same for Trent Alexander-Arnold, as much of the early red thrust came over his flank. Mesut Ozil and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had taken the defender out of the game two minutes before the first quick rally took place. The best of Arsenal was in the closing moments of the first half: A ball lashed by Ozil in the foot of Henrikh Mkhitatyan, who continued under the Armenian Armenians to Lacazette, who shot narrowly at the left post.
However, it would be wrong to call Liverpool weak. When they recovered from Arsenal's initial shock and awe and got up, they reacted with their own momentum. There were times when the game then fluctuated from one end to the other, that you believed in the technical and physical levels.
The defense of Liverpool certainly looked more determined. They sensed justice when a target that should have stood out after 17 minutes. Sadio Mane was offside when Roberto Firmino struck the crossbar after a rebound. He was well into the stage of football behind Firmino, from which he scored a goal, although he was kept off the track in the previous phase when he first controlled the ball.
There were more options that would have been meat and drink for Liverpool to their best will. Shkodran Mustafi forgot to track down Virgil van Dijk five minutes after the controversy surrounding the Mane, released the Dutchman five meters from the door, and kicked a beautifully-fated Salah free-kick on his chest and aimed. He fired directly at Bernd Leno. Van Dijk jumped past Rob Holding and Leno at half-time to send a free kick from James Milner to the base of the post.
Lacazette had to exclude his effort for the offside, as both sides almost came on the scoresheet in the first half
Lacazette bites his tongue as he realizes that his efforts in the first half on Saturday were ruled out for offside
Alexandre Lacazette (center, background) just barely hits when Arsenal are close to deadlock in the first half
Arsenal still had the balance of power after the break, although Klopp's players took their chance and took the lead.
Andrew Robertson was the instigator who made a short left for Mane, whose speculative flank was diverted across Leno's chest to James Milner. The midfielder hit the ball easily and just outside the box, which helped him not to see Leno. Emery grimaced and had good reason. It was not necessary for Leno to divert a ball that posed a minimal danger to a position where he was.
Arsenal was shaken and fell apart. Van Dijk, who retained his influence in both boxes, linked powerfully to a corner as the game made its final 15 minutes, bouncing and forcing Leno to push the more instinctive goalkeeper over his crossbar.
In her earlier incarnation that would have been for Arsenal. But Lacazette's moment of dissolution was to be expected. Alisson was fast off his line to close the corner when substitute Alex Iwobi threaded the Frenchman. Lacazette just turned around and turned the ball from left to right, glancing forwards, sending his shot home from that tight corner. Emery was happy. The stadium rose to applaud its players from the field. Arsenal is back in business.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang started the game cheerfully for the hosts and caused a lot of problems on the left side
Salah (right) fights Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka in the first half at the Emirates stadium
Both sets of players take part in a minute's silence for Leicester's late chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and the four others who died in the helicopter crash last Saturday