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Gary Neville hails ‘big moment for Arsenal’ in Liverpool thrashing

Arsenal may have been comprehensively beaten by Liverpool but Gary Neville believes the Gunners should not be too disheartened by their performance.

Unai Emery’s side started positively and spurned a couple pf chances to take the lead.

New signing Nicolas Pepe showed neat footwork to leave Virgil Van Dijk trailing in his wake but couldn’t apply the finish.

And Arsenal were eventually punished close to the interval as Joel Matip rose highest to head home from a corner.

Mohamed Salah then converted from the penalty spot before slotting home his second after cutting in from the right in trademark fashion.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – AUGUST 24: Lucas Torreira of Arsenal leaps to control the ball during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield on August 24, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)

But Arsenal persevered and were eventually rewarded when substitute Lucas Torreira beat Adrian to ruin Liverpool’s clean sheet.

Neville was encouraged by Emery’s side’s display and believes the goal they scored could prove a big moment in their season.

“That’s a big, big goal for Arsenal,” he said while on Sky Sports commentary.

“It won’t get them anything out of the match but it demonstrates a character and determination that they will keep going.

“That’s a big moment for Arsenal.”

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Liverpool are now three points clear from Arsenal at the top of the Premier League.

But Neville reckons the Gunners will prove a handful for most teams based on today’s efforts.

“This performance today from Arsenal will win a lot of away games this season,” added the Manchester United legend.

“The diamond was a big ask. It had an element of risk involved.

“They have a 4-3-3 now and you wonder what they might have done with that from the start.”

“I’ve seen things today that l quite like from Arsenal. They are playing against a brilliant team.

“But from an Arsenal point of view, we are talking about building block by block and I don’t mind what I’ve seen.”

Original article: https://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/gary-neville-hails-big-moment-19000721

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