Arsenal player ratings vs Liverpool: Granit Xhaka shines on the big stage

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Scoring a crucial late goal against a rival is one of the best feelings for any footballer - and Hector Bellerin did not hide his emotions after Lacazette's strike on Saturday.

The Gunners, looking to extend their unbeaten run to 14 games in all competitions, poured forward in search of an equaliser and the pressure paid off when Lacazette struck in the 82nd minute. "For the supporters it is a great match and a good spectacle but I am only 50 per-cent happy because we wanted to win".

But in between, Arsenal took the game to their below-par visitors, firing off nine shots, the most Klopp's side had faced in the opening 45 minutes of a Premier League game since February 2017.

Liverpool go a point clear of Manchester City, who play tomorrow, at the top of the table.

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Liverpool's advantage could prove short-lived, however, as both sides are in action on Sunday, at home to Southampton and Crystal Palace respectively.

Before the game, Liverpool supporter Joe Jaggar made a decision to get a photo of the occasion with his young son - so asked a passerby to take a picture of the two together. Maybe today we were more near with our performance. "It gives us the big regularity for the season - 38 matches", he said.

"It was very intense".

DF Rob Holding, 7 - Very good in aerial duels and coped well when dealing with Roberto Firmino in close quarters. When we had the ball it was good, we were a threat, we were in behind.

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Arsenal started the game off well, although they failed to take advantage of their early dominance.

"Virgil said to me afterwards: "I should have scored a hat-trick" and he didn't even score one", said Klopp. However, the Gunners have scored more goals after the break than any other side (19).

In total the Egypt worldwide netted 44 times in all competitions, a mark that saw him mentioned as a hopeful for this year's Ballon d'Or prize.

This is part of Klopp's plan but will it bring success and is it too much to expect them to compete with a club that has the advantages of Manchester City? "I was actually waiting for Robin van Persie and Dennis Bergkamp". He showed composure, technique and skill with his finish, while Henrik Mkhitaryan scuffed a similar opportunity presented to him in the first half. "It's football... it was a brilliant attack, so it's a pity it didn't count, but we made a few more mistakes than the ref".

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Arsenal came from behind to get a point at the Emirates and make a significant statement about Emery's work.

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