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FW Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 6 - Arsenal's main danger man in the first half and used his pace to great effect to torment the Liverpool defenders.

And yet Liverpool had its chances.

Liverpool spent significant periods on the back foot against their vibrant hosts, although Sadio Mane had a goal controversially ruled out for offside and Virgil van Dijk hit the post before captain James Milner clinically pounced on a Bernd Leno error after the hour. On the stroke of halftime, he had come for Milner's free-kick and got nowhere near it. But, unusually, they were going toe-to-toe with a Big Six rival and might equally have taken the lead when Henrikh Mkhitaryan failed to guide his header on target with Alisson marooned.

Arsenal controlled the ball with 62 percent position and Mesut Ozil was fantastic with his creativity, but there were some blown chances. Jurgen Klopp was adamant the goal should have stood.

"In the second half, you saw how good we were then with a slightly-changed formation - in the counter-attacks especially".

A combination of Leno and Shkodran Mustafi prevented van Dijk from giving Liverpool a 23rd-minute lead when the centre-back stayed forward after a set-piece. 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.

And Emery's decision to sacrifice Aubameyang rather than Lacazette with his substitutions was vindicated when the French global kept his composure to brilliantly curl into the far corner after being forced wide by Alisson. "It's pleasing we are creating those chances, but we could have been a bit more ruthless and maybe not put as much pressure on ourselves not to concede to win the game".

While Liverpool were eight minutes away from a valuable victory, Klopp agreed a draw was a fair result, but Milner admitted their failure to win was frustrating.

"We are very disappointed really, which is a good thing I suppose, playing away at Arsenal".

At the other end of the pitch, Henrikh Mkhitaryan nearly put the hosts 1-0 up, with the Armenian's header drifting just wide.

Arsenal didn't let this goal defeat them, as they kept probing. It shouldn't be seen as points dropped.

Liverpool FC aren't considering a move to sign Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey at the end of the season, according to a report in England.


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