Arsenal may have suffered another heavy defeat to Liverpool at Anfield but Unai Emery insists the club have reasons to be positive.
Goals from Joel Matip and a brace from Mohamed Salah put the home side in a commanding position inside an hour but the Gunners kept plugging away and finally reduced the deficit through substitute Lucas Torreira.
While the gulf in quality between the two sides was clear for all to see, the boss thinks his players have something to build on.
Speaking to the BBC, he said, “Today the first half we worked together. 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.”
Emery was also asked about the future of Nacho Monreal. The left-back delivered another solid performance at left-back but has been linked with a move to Real Sociedad. Judging by the boss’ words, it sounds like a deal isn’t out of the question.
“He made a very big match, he’s a big professional for us,” Emery told football.london.
“We need to speak in the next days. In Europe the transfer window isn’t finished. We are going to speak about all the possibilities.”