We needed a little luck in some moments of the match and also we needed, when we were attacking, to find our goal.
It was a test of Emery and his players, of their resilience and self-belief - in many ways a test of what exactly he is trying to bring to Arsenal. The second, maybe also we can lose in one moment and in the 90 minutes we could also have won in the balance of the 90 minutes.
Three months and 14 undefeated matches on from Arsenal's back-to-back defeats to Manchester City and Chelsea at the start of the season, Emery's side showed progress and potential during a fun and frantic contest with Jurgen Klopp's visitors.
"He gave a few rockets out as well, which is important - you need someone to make sure you try to get the best out of those around you".
Fireworks went off in the sky above the Emirates Stadium at full-time of Arsenal's 1-1 draw with Liverpool on Saturday night. "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".
And those four extra points do more than just help with the Premier League table, they install belief among the playing squad and send a message to the rest of the competition.
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A return of five points from a possible nine from visits to Chelsea, Spurs and Arsenal is already a drastic improvement on Liverpool's record of a single point from away games against top six opposition last season. This is an Arsenal team that still has more Achilles heels than is ideal, one of them in goal. Should have done better when Ozil set him up with a sublime backheel pass in the first half.
"But I do think in a young player's development... you've seen it with top players with Wayne Rooney on the left wing at times for Man Utd, [Cristiano] Ronaldo on the wing and up front".
"Virgil said to me afterwards: "I should have scored a hat-trick" and he didn't even score one", said Klopp.
"We didn't have that often enough in the first half". I was actually waiting for Van Persie and Bergkamp!
'We'll take the draw and hopefully next time we'll get three points, ' said Holding.
Lukaku is without a goal in his last nine games at club level, and Ferdinand has questioned whether the Belgium worldwide will ever be able to become the player that United need him to be. So we take it.