Shkodran Mustafi was impressive against Roberto Firmino, Granit Xhaka looked like a disciplined performer and Hector Bellerin has added defensive discipline to his game under Emery's guidance.
In the final reckoning, though, the comparison is clear: City came to the Emirates on the opening weekend of the season and won 2-0, and in that sense, in the context of a league in which the leaders leak very little, this will feel like two points dropped.
The decision to disallow a Sadio Mane goal for offside was questionable, while Virgil van Dijk also hit a post. But you could see that they recognise what we play. They came into the match tied atop the Premier League with defending champs Manchester City on the strength of an identical 8W-0L-2T record.
Arsenal haven't led at half-time in any of their 11 Premier League matches so far this season.
Arsenal shook off their habit of getting off to slow starts in games as they came out attacking from the start and had the lion's share of chances in the first half - although Liverpool often looked unsafe on counters and hit the post through Virgil van Dijk before the break, while Sadio Mane's goal was questionably ruled out for offside. "That shows the character of this team". He scored against Chelsea, I want him to be nearer the box, having chances to score more.
With the help of personnel and tactical changes instigated by the always animated Emery on the touchline, Arsenal found a way back. "We got a point, we deserved a point and we could have had more".
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Substitute Alex Iwobi, who was switched across the pitch to the left flank shortly after coming on, slipped a smart pass through to Lacazette, who showed great composure to turn away from Alisson before bending in the equaliser. It made it a bit more even and then it meant we could get forward a bit more as well. Only Manchester City have scored more than the Gunners this term, while the link-up play between the attacking quartet of Lacazette, Aubameyang, Mesut Ozil and Mkhitaryan was breath-taking at times.
"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.
"They can win the Premier League this season".
And yet Liverpool had its chances.
After somewhat stagnating under the guidance of legendary manager Arsene Wenger in recent seasons, Arsenal have bombarded their way back into contention at the top of the Premier League table.