Xhaka confident Arsenal will finish in top four


Arsenal continued their superiority at the start of the second half; and the opening goal on 61 minutes came totally against the run of play, with Leno chiefly at fault.

The team is largely the same as a year ago, with only goalkeeper Bernd Leno and midfielder Lucas Torreira starting this game, having arrived in the summer.

Well, it looked like Xhaka, and that was the name on the back of the shirt. "The best way to do it is right from the first moment and then you can build on that, but we didn't do it right from the first moment".

Liverpool's intense pressing style and ability to swamp teams through sheer weight of goals under manager Jurgen Klopp would be the litmus test of Emery's new Arsenal.

James Milner was the man who scored Liverpool's goal in their 1-1 draw with Arsenal on Saturday and, according to Jürgen Klopp, it was also the midfielder who offered some stern words to fire up his team at half-time. He drilled it home.

Van Dijk will be frustrated with his inability to put good chances away, even if it's not his full time job. And that, really, was the story of Arsenal's day. However, replays later showed that while Mane was in an offside position on the initial pass that led to Roberto Firmino's shot off the post, Mane wasn't involved in the sequence.

It must be good for Matteo Guendouzi to have a player like Alexandre Lacazette help him in that way. Jurgen Klopp was adamant the goal should have stood.

Liverpool can play better than they did at the Emirates but they still looked comfortable at the back and didn't look like losing. 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 was a collective effort, one which Emery played his part in with his passion on the touchline, and Arsenal deservedly levelled to claim a draw.

Alisson - 5 - Was fortunate not to concede early on, coming out to try to punch clear a cross being beaten in the air by Mkhitaryan but the Armenian's header was wide.

"If insane things happen then maybe we have to think new but I don't expect that". We made life a bit too easy for them in the first half. Obviously if we don't drop points, we have the chance to [overtake City on December 8th]. But such are the standards City has set that it feels every point not won could be vital.