Unai Emery has his say on Mo Salah’s penalty vs Arsenal

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Arsenal traveled to Liverpool on Saturday, as they looked to improve upon last season’s shocking result at Anfield.

The Gunners would be hammered 5-1 at Liverpool last season in the Premier League.

While this season’s fixture did see Arsenal once again lose, it was a much better overall display from Unai Emery’s side.

Joel Matip would eventually give Liverpool the lead in the 41st minute from a corner.

A Mohamed Salah brace between the 49th and 58th minutes would then put the game beyond Arsenal.

Lucas Torreira would pull one back for Arsenal in the 85th minute, but it was too little, too late.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – AUGUST 24: Nicolas Pepe of Arsenal is challenged by Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Arsenal FC at Anfield on August 24, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Emery on Salah penalty

Mohamed Salah’s first goal of the day vs the north London outfit came from the spot.

David Luiz would pull on the Egyptian’s shirt, and while there didn’t look to be much contact, with Salah not even going down, a penalty was given.

Unai Emery has since given his thoughts on the situation, labeling the penalty very soft:

“The penalty was the key to the game but it was very soft.

“If that is considered holding then I don’t think it was enough. It was disappointing to concede a goal at that time in the game because we had done quite well in the first half, we made two or three chances to score and we were defending their crosses very well.

“We can be optimistic for the future, I thought [Joe] Willock and [Nicolas] Pépé played well. We wanted to keep the ball more but Liverpool’s press was very strong.” As quoted by the Evening Standard.

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