This is a point and a draw, maybe we deserve a little more. "Our job now is to use the quality that we have and to work with it because one player doesn't change it".
As Arsenal tore into tackles in the first half, especially when Torreira and Granit Xhaka made their mark and Emery's side took the fight to Liverpool, the echoing catcalls of last season were forgotten, replaced by thunderous roars of approval and the occasional standing ovation in response to fierce physical exchanges. "That will help us and give us confidence at the top-end of the pitch to really go for teams because we should know that we have got good defensive capabilities".
"It was clear we needed time but like you saw today, the movement and the confidence of the players is always getting better".
Gary Gillespie has conceded that Liverpool full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold produced one of his worst performances of his young career against Arsenal on Saturday evening.
"The spirit is like we want and also the atmosphere today was a very big atmosphere with the supporters pushing for 90 minutes", said Emery.
A return of five points from a possible nine from visits to Chelsea, Spurs and Arsenal is already a drastic improvement on Liverpool's record of a single point from away games against top six opposition last season. "I was not happy with the first half".
"It was always hard against Arsenal (before today), it was very spectacular, today was no less spectacular just with less goals than last season". And also with [Joe] Gomez alongside him, who I thought was good as well. But you could see that they recognise what we play.
MF Henrikh Mkhitaryan, 6 - Showed his connection with Aubameyang on a couple of occasions and almost scored with a header in the first half. I was actually waiting for Van Persie and Bergkamp!
MF Mesut Ozil, 7 - Didn't boss the game but showed a few magical touches to create chances for his teammates.
'We'll take the draw and hopefully next time we'll get three points, ' said Holding. The problems remained: Arsenal players bombed forward in pursuit of goal-bound happiness and were caught out on the counter.
Yet, even that upturn may not be enough to keep pace with a City side showing no let-up after romping to the title with 100 points.