Arsenal showed that they’ve come a long way in a short period of time against Liverpool on Saturday.
Unai Emery’s side were 1-0 down with 10 minutes to go against a Liverpool side that is playing very well right now. In years gone by, Arsenal probably would have lost.
But Emery made three crucial changes and the Gunners managed to level the score at 1-1.
"Today the balance was good in our speed and intensity,” Emery reflected at full time.
“We worked very well for the 90 minutes and the two goals is the difference in the match.”
Arsenal were fortunate not to concede in the first half, though. Sadio Mane had a goal incorrectly ruled out for offside shortly before the 20 minute mark.
The Senegalese forward was in an offside position during the first phase of the move but he was behind the ball when teammate Roberto Firmino attempted a shot.
Mark Clattenburg tweets
The ball rebounded off the post and Mane tucked it away, but the referee’s assistant raised his flag.
BT Sport quickly determined that the goal should have stood but a journalist has tried to argue that it was rightfully disallowed on Twitter.
The tweet caught the eye of former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg, who weighed in with his own thoughts.
Clattenburg, the Head of Refereeing for the Saudi Arabian Football Federation, explained that the goal should have stood because Mane, despite being offside during the first phase, didn’t impact on a defenders’ ability to play the ball.
Remember, this is an official who has refereed a Champions League final. He knows the rules of the game.
Speaking at full time, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp made it clear that Mane’s effort should have counted.
“I think it was a goal,” the German said. “Do I feel aggrieved? I don’t know. It is football.
“Actually, it was a brilliant attack. That is what you do on the training ground.
“It is a pity it didn’t count.”