3 positives & negatives from Arsenal's emphatic 3-1 win over Liverpool

• Gabriel Martinelli back to his best

• Oleksandr Zinchenko injury fears

• Defensive masterclass

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Positive #2: An electric atmosphere

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When Arsenal tweeted "60,000 + 11, together as one" ahead of the game, they were met by ridicule from a select number of rival fans, but the club's tweet transpired to be about as accurate as can be, with the Emirates crowd acting as the 12th man to lift the team throughout the game.

The crowd was rocking and, other than in the immediate aftermath of Liverpool's equaliser, were a constant force throughout the game, which was great to see after much criticism, including from myself, of the atmosphere in recent weeks.

The Gunners must make the Emirates Stadium a fortress for their seven remaining home Premier League games, as they look to partake in another title race, and will be hoping to go all the way this time around.

Negative #2: Injury concern for Zinchenko

Oleksandr Zinchenko
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Oleksandr Zinchenko was substituted at halftime against Liverpool and, while some fans thought it may have been tactical due to concerns over the Ukrainian's defensive capability, Mikel Arteta has revealed that the change was an enforced one due to a calf issue for the 27-year-old.

His injury means that the Gunners have just five fit senior defenders, which will alarm some fans given how the club's season was unravelled last season.

While people can quite rightly scrutinise and possibly criticise his performances, it is an indisputable fact that we are stronger with him available than we are while he sits in the stands, meaning that there is every reason to be concerned over the possible severity of his new issue.

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