Published: Mon, November 05, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Lacazette insists Arsenal ‘have the quality’ to compete with top tier

Lacazette insists Arsenal ‘have the quality’ to compete with top tier

After a tight first half, Liverpool broke the deadlock in the 61st minute as Sadio Mane crossed from the left and Arsenal keeper Bernd Leno was only able to parry the ball into the path of James Milner who blasted a low shot into the net.

James Milner believes Liverpool must treat their draw at Arsenal as a "learning curve" after the Reds conceded a late equaliser at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday night.

Given that Ramsey has overcome some hard injuries and a loss of confidence and form to become an integral member of the Arsenal team, former Manchester United defender Higginbotham questioned why the Gunners would be willing to miss out on his best years. Xhaka and Torreira complimented each other effectively to nullify any threat from Liverpool's risky front three and stopped the supply in to them for large parts of the game.

That said, as ever with stats, there are exceptions to the rule, most notably with 11 home league wins out of the previous 13 at the Emirates stretching back to March. City hosts relegation candidate Southampton on Sunday.

Ramsey has won three FA Cup titles during his 10-season stay at Cardiff but the Wales worldwide has never got his hands on the Premier League, the Champions League or the Europa League trophy.

It was a wonderful goal from Lacazette and it appears as though he knew he'd scored as soon as the ball left his foot, judging by one outstanding picture doing the rounds on social media.

Liverpool youngster Trent Alexander-Arnold was given the nod in the starting XI at right-back and he turned in a lousy display. They showed a lot of character and have a real threat up top with Alexander Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

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Unfortunately for the attacker his effort tricked inches wide while also getting clattered for good measure. Look at this backline.

"Hopefully at the end of the season it will be a point gained-but just now it doesn't feel like that".

Of the Liverpool goal, Leno, whose diving intervention of a risky cross placed the ball at Milner's feet, told ESPN FC: "It's a bit unfortunate".

"The result tomorrow is very important but first I want to show them, to show you and to show everybody our best mentality in the game", he told reporters on Friday.

Van Dijk could have doubled the lead after a free header in the box that Leno did well to tip over.

But that run has largely been against the lesser lights - teams Arsenal were expected to beat - so the challenge against Liverpool was to prove that the revival since the opening two games has some substance to it. Milner's goal could have been a case of "here we go again", with Arsenal doing what they did under Wenger and caving in against the top teams.

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