So what's missing? Apathy, for one.
"The result is a good result for how we did in 90 minutes, when we were losing", he said.
A whipping boy when Arsenal fell short against Premier League heavyweights last season, Switzerland global Xhaka displayed all of his enviable array of qualities, often leaving Liverpool disorganised in central areas as a result.
Captaining the side against Arsenal, Milner was arguably Liverpool's best player alongside Virgil van Dijk. It eluded them once more, but their display was an encouraging one.
Emery wants players that believe in his idea and his system of play, and he's slowly instilling that collective mentality in his players.
Liverpool looked to be going three points clear at the top of the table after James Milner's 50th career Premier League goal had set them on course for victory. It was the fifth goal of the season for the Frenchman who kept Arsenal's unbeaten run intact, now extended to 14 games.
"We wanted to win but the performance is good, we push and we work the match, doing our tactics and with our supporters pushing us with energy", he said. "We have more mistakes than the ref, but it would have been cool if this goal could count!"
So how has Emery inspired such a swift turnaround from the malaise of recent seasons?
Arsenal deserved a point from what, given the opposition, was arguably its most impressive performance of the season and it came thanks to one of Emery's substitutions: Alex Iwobi, who drifted in from the left and played a terrific ball through to Lacazette.
"The reaction of the team was flawless", goalkeeper Bernd Leno told Arsenal's official website afterwards. Helped control the game and finally looked like the midfield general Arsenal need him to be.
Even allowing for some erratic Mkhitaryan contributions, Arsenal's outfit players were a credit to their head coach.
Well, Klopp has had his say two months out from the January transfer window.
And so while the result may not have been ideal, the Reds remain unbeaten, having played four other members of the big six, and three of those away from home. Mesut Ozil and Granit Xhaka's revitalization is proof of that.
It is still early days of the new era under Emery, with Arsenal just 16 games in, but there is an air of positivity around the Emirates again, and that is success in itself.