This should be the night when the revival of Arsenal was revealed as artificial. Instead, we thought the opposite.
The revolution of Unai Emery, the fight against Liverpool on Saturday, is clear evidence of their tremendous improvement.
Under Arsene Wenger, this team would have collapsed, at least during his last years, when James Milner blew up the Merseysiders.
Arsenal manager Unai Emery is as passionate as a coach when she's on the line
No more, it seems. Arsenal dug deep and clawed back into the game. Alexandre Lacazette's later equalizer earned them a well deserved point. Gutsy Very brave
There was a moment in the first half when manager Emery Granit celebrated Xhaka's perfectly completed final attack to deny Mohamed Salah as if his team had just scored a goal.
It has encapsulated everything that's good at the new arsenal. The team is now resilient and the steel is clearly from Emery.
It is now unbeaten for the Gunners 14 games. Twelve of these games ended in victory. However, this draw was by far the most significant.
Alexandre Lacazette's later equalizer showed just how far Arsenal got under Emery
This brilliant series of eleven consecutive wins came against teams that would have expected Arsenal to win. Saturday was the biggest test yet for Emery's work since the losses in the season to Manchester City and Chelsea.
The Gunners passed with flying colors. They were proactive and shaped their high-intensity style in Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool. Arsenal was 62 percent owned, as they dominated for a long time.
However, if it was necessary to stay there instead of playing football, they did. Wengers later teams never had that strength. You always felt like you were one goal from collapse, certainly against elite clubs.
Times are changing. For those who have made Wenger so hard, the result and the performance against Liverpool will be a confirmation.
The time for Arsenal has changed since Wenger left and Emery has taken the challenge well
When asked why he celebrated the Xhaka with such enthusiasm, Emery said, "There are tactical and creative things in the 90 minutes.
"If you score, this is the best and most important moment in the game, but I also enjoy the small details, individual actions defensive and offensive, the order of each action on the pitch determines whether you win or not."
The influence of the Spaniard, however, is not limited to the evil side. Arsenal's decision makers knew they wanted a coach – not a traditional manager – to replace Wenger.
This is partly due to financial constraints after two seasons without Champions League football, but it was also realized that Wenger could not improve the players through coaching.
Xhaka has become a favorite for some Arsenal fans because he plays with passion
By contrast, Emery's commitment to individual collaboration with gamers has become a key element – and Arsenal is already enjoying the fruits of his work. Xhaka, Alex Iwobi and Rob Holding have all improved a lot.
Xhaka and Holding were excellent on Saturday and the Swiss midfielder said: "Many little things have changed. We have a great character.
"The manager is important to me. He helps us – not just me, but all players – with the little things. Tactical things. You can see that on the square. "
It seems everyone is responding to Emery – even the fans when Liverpool took the lead. In the last season, the followers had turned to Milner strike.
Perhaps it is Emery's animated presence on the sidelines, another change from Wenger, who has often been criticized for spending too much time sitting down during the game.
"I want to help the players from the bank, I want to give them my confidence and energy," Emery added. Whatever he does, it works.