Lacazette: Arsenal believe we can can compete against Premier League elite

Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin in training

A dubious offside decision denied Sadio Mane the opening goal and Virgil van Dijk twice should have scored when he was first repelled by Bernd Leno and then flicked a header against the post with the German 'keeper caught flapping.

The Premier League's game of the week, Liverpool at Arsenal, was a frantic match with plenty of chances.

Arsenal's record against their top-six rivals has been poor of late but Unai Emery's side deserved to take a point from this game.

Arsenal is four points off the pace.

Victory for Emery's men would lift them above Chelsea into third.

When it came, in the 83rd minute through Alexandre Lacazette's curling strike, it was a moment that owed as much to the belief of the fans as the drive of the players.

However, in a run of 12 wins and a draw before Liverpool's visit, Arsenal hadn't faced any side that finished ahead of them in Arsene Wenger's last season.

Lacazette was proving to be troublesome for the Reds and he smashed a low shot just wide before beating Alisson from close range, only for Shkodran Mustafi to be given offside in the buildup.

Despite his team's uncharacteristically bold start, Emery still managed to engineer an urgency in the second half that, in little more than three months at Arsenal, has become the animated Spaniard's calling card.

"We wanted to win but the performance is good, we push and we work the match, doing our tactics and with our supporters pushing us with energy", he said.

"Hendo feels really good but it will be probably the start of the week when he will be back in training".

"On another day we could have been a bit more comfortable, but two good teams went at it and a draw is probably a fair result".

Former Manchester United and England defender, Rio Ferdinand has singled out Lucas Torreira for praise after Arsenal's hard-fought draw with Liverpool in the Premier League on Saturday.

"I didn't know that was my 50th Premier League goal, which is nice, but it would have been nicer to get three points".

"That's important. If you want to get to where we want to get to then you need to have those credentials".

"We lost a poor goal from our point of view".

The Gunners gave an excellent performance at the Emirates but went behind shortly after half-time when Leno parried a cross to the edge of the box, where James Milner was waiting to guide the ball into the back of the net.

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