Arsenal and Liverpool played out an entertaining 1-1 Premier League draw at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday. James Milner opened the scoring for the Reds before the hour mark but they could not keep a clean sheet after Alexandre Lacazette levelled the scores eight minutes from time.
Two things we learned:
Lucas Torreira’s tenacity in midfield: Right from the summer World Cup, the Gunners’ faithful were intrigued by the prospect of signing Torreira and the Uruguayan has certainly not deceived this term with a number of standout performances. Though Granit Xhaka lead the interception charts versus Liverpool, Torreira was impressive in different stages of the game including one where he performed sublime tackles on Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane in succession before having the awareness to distribute the ball towards his forwards. The 22-year-old has certainly added the missing link at the heart of the Gunners midfield with his tenacity and workrate and hopefully, the club can making the most of his services as they push for a top-four finish this term.
Bernd Leno with a good performance: The Germany international may have faced only four shots on target but he was certainly kept busy for each of those attempts. Leno was put into action on three different occasions where Virgil van Dijk came within a whisker of a goal and his first attempt in particular was impressive after he managed to smother and deflect Van Dijk’s close-range shot when it appeared destined that the Dutchman would score. Leno was targeted by a section of the fans for his partial save which contributed to Milner’s opener but looking into slow motion, it is quite visible that his block was heading for Sead Kolasinac before Rob Holding’s left foot deflected the ball into the path of the former England international
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