The Swiss made more passes (47), had more touches (59), made more tackles (5) and more recoveries (9) than any other player in the first half, emphasising the improvement he has made under Emery.
'It's pleasing we are creating those chances, but we could have been a bit more ruthless and maybe not put as much pressure on ourselves not to concede to win the game'.
DF Sead Kolasinac, 7 - Couldn't have had a tougher assignment in his first league start of the season in going up against Mohamed Salah, but he managed to use his physicality to great effect against the Egyptian without stepping over the line.
Gunners manager Unai Emery, celebrating his 47th birthday, was also content with the performance and even happier that his side improved on their previous displays against the top teams. This is an Arsenal team that still has more Achilles heels than is ideal, one of them in goal.
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.
"It was intense, very intense".
Sky Sports is reporting that the Gunners star is not on Liverpool FC's radar despite speculation linking Jurgen Klopp with a swoop to sign the Wales worldwide. But you could see that they recognise what we play.
At the other end of the pitch, Henrikh Mkhitaryan nearly put the hosts 1-0 up, with the Armenian's header drifting just wide.
Someone who may not get much of the attention, however, is young centre-half Rob Holding, who had a superb game at the heart of the defence, thwarting attempted through balls or runs from Liverpool's creative players on more than one occasion.
The Senegal forward tapped home after Roberto Firmino had lobbed the ball on to the post but had the goal ruled out despite replays showing he was behind the ball when Firmino took the strike on.
Leno didn't get so lucky with his next mistake as he palmed Mane's risky cross back into the heart of the box and Milner drilled into the unguarded net.
Van Dijk was in the thick of the action again on the stroke of half-time, when his header evaded an onrushing Leno and bounced seemingly in slow motion into the upright, culminating what was a pulsating first 45 minutes. Alisson forced him wide, but Lacazette was able to turn and, having worked the ball onto his right foot, curled a shot into the far corner.
Arsenal have won more points from losing positions than any other Premier League side in 2018-19 (8).