"They are that good - they've got everything in their locker".
With Unai Emery sweating over the fitness of Nacho Monreal, Sead Kolasinac, Sokratis and Hector Bellerin, Arsenal could field a severely weakened back four tomorrow and Merson thinks Liverpool are going to take advantage. Can't be accused of going missing in this one. The sense of listlessness off the pitch, too.
Like Fabinho, the Arsenal midfielder was eased into English football, but since making his first Premier League start against Everton on September 23, the Uruguayan's been a revelation. Arsenal feel like a club on the up again, and the question now is why it took the hierarchy so long to realise a change of direction was so desperately needed.
Captaining the side against Arsenal, Milner was arguably Liverpool's best player alongside Virgil van Dijk.
But Emery's men showed intent from the off against their table-topping guests, bringing an intensity to the match which would see them finish having out-run and out-sprinted a Liverpool team famed for their hard work.
Too many times in Arsene Wenger's last few seasons Arsenal completely lost the plot against their rivals.
The French striker spun away to the left side of goal to keep the ball out of goalkeeper Alisson's reach before cutting back and firing a shot past the Brazilian's reach and into the far corner.
Prior to his start against the Gunners, his only other Premier League action came in a 21 minute cameo against Huddersfield before playing the entire 90 minutes of last weekend's win over Cardiff.
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Emery wants players that believe in his idea and his system of play, and he's slowly instilling that collective mentality in his players.
'A point is a good result, Emery can say the same, but we had clear chances, ' the Liverpool manager told BBC Sport.
"We are starting this project with a very positive way with what we are doing".
Mane's disallowed strike was the major talking point, with many fans reviving calls for the Premier League to follow other major leagues and introduce VAR.
"When you really look at him, he was really quiet today". Indeed, Torreira's steel and doggedness in midfield is on of the keys to Arsenal's newly discovered backbone.
The same article states that Ramsey looks set to leave Arsenal in the summer when the 27-year-old's current deal with the north London side comes to an end.
Emery's energy transmits itself to Arsenal's players and supporters. Mesut Ozil and Granit Xhaka's revitalization is proof of that.
Further forward, the talented but frustrating Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan continue to blow hot and cold, but the two flair players at least now put a shift in for the team and play with a sense of objective.