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Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno believes the team's strong showing in their 1-1 draw against Liverpool is evidence that they can dominate in big games.

When you consider both sides' respective form this season, with the visitors unbeaten in the Premier League and us having won 12 of our last 13 games, it is shaping up to be another classic encounter.

"We knew we would not lose this game because we were so good and showed that character again". He was lively from the opening whistle, making good runs and smart passes as his team, somewhat unexpectedly, carved Liverpool's previously sturdy defense to shreds for much of the first hour.

"Millie [Milner] was the one who saw it for us". That's OK. Our set-pieces were outstanding and we should have scored from them; Virgil said immediately after the game he should have had a hat-trick, but he had not even one (goal). But the Uruguayan global is the type of player Arsenal lacked in the final years of Wenger's reign.

"That's a shame. Second half we changed formation a bit and it helped us today".

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The former Newcastle United star is still waiting to win his first trophy as a Liverpool FC player since his free transfer to Anfield from Manchester City under Brendan Rodgers in 2015.

"I think it was a good game, a hard game. If we work like this and play like this, we could have a great season".

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.

And if we look at this logically, our two opening defeats were when the players were only trying to learn how to play the Emery way, and now they are understanding exactly what he wants them to do and are getting better at it every week.

Such is the close nature of the fight to stay in the Premier League, that Newcastle United's first win of the season, a 1-0 victory over Watford, lifted them straight out of the relegation zone having been there since September 1.


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