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Emery insists Arsenal can be ‘optimistic’ despite 3-1 Liverpool defeat

Arsenal boss Unai Emery has insisted he is positive about his side’s chances of success this season, despite the Gunners losing 3-1 away to Liverpool this evening.

Liverpool flew out of the blocks and it looked like Arsenal’s insistence on playing out from the back would play into the home sides hands.

However, the Gunners gradually began to gain a foothold in the game, with their two-pronged attack of Nicolas Pepe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang looking dangerous on the counter.

Arsenal’s record signing Pepe looked particularly impressive, although the Ivory Coast international missed his sides best chance, shooting tamely, straight at Adrian when clean through on goal.

The Gunners would live to rue that missed chance when Liverpool centre-back Joel Matip rose highest from a corner to power home a header and send his side in at the break 1-0 up.

Liverpool continued brightly after the break and the contest seemed over just a few minutes into the second period when Mohamed Salah smashed home a penalty, after the Egyptian attacker was tugged back in the box by David Luiz.

Salah would then score a superb individual goal, with the gulf in class between the sides becoming evident the longer the game went on.

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Arsenal’s players, to be fair, worked hard throughout and they were rewarded with a late Lucas Torreira consolation goal.

Speaking after the game was pleased with the performance his side put in against a fine Liverpool side.

“Today the first half we worked together,” Emery told BBC’s MOTD.

”We were doing some transition very good and we had some chances but the second half the penalty was very soft. After 2-0 our reaction was good. We needed to attack and take a different moment in the match.

“Yes we are disappointed we lost 3-1 but watching some players we can be optimistic. We need to improve in possession and countering the pressure but Liverpool is the best team with this.

“We have to be realistic but we can fight closer to them. For me today, without the result there were some good periods we showed.

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