Simon Mignolet explains how he saved Theo Walcott’s penalty and expresses his delight at beating Arsenal.
Simon Mignolet repeated his opening day heroics by saving a penalty in the first game of the season for the second time in three years. The spot-kick stop makes him the club record holder for most saves from penalties in the Premier League since his transfer from Sunderland in 2013.
“I was pleased with the penalty save,” Mignolet told the Liverpool Echo.
“We had studied where Arsenal players put their penalties but it was difficult because their normal penalty takers weren’t on the pitch.
“It happened to be Walcott and luckily I picked the right spot.
“That’s how we started a few years ago against Stoke when we won and went on to challenge for the Premier League title.
“The most important thing is that we have started with three points.”
Liverpool were successful at the Emirates stadium for the only the second time from the last 14 visits to North London.
“There are a lot of things we can learn from this game but it’s great to start with a victory, especially with it coming at the Emirates, a ground where we haven’t taken many points in the last few years,” he added.
“As a team we have lots of attacking options now. A lot of players with pace who can make the difference going forward.
“The second half at Arsenal was like how we played against Barcelona. We can build on this.”