"That's important. If you want to get to where we want to get to then you need to have those credentials".
Under Arsene Wenger, the absence of a player of Torreira's tenacity and industry nearly became a running joke in the final years of the Frenchman's reign. It was a collective effort, one which Emery played his part in with his passion on the touchline, and Arsenal deservedly levelled to claim a draw.
Three months and 14 undefeated matches on from Arsenal's back-to-back defeats to Manchester City and Chelsea at the start of the season, Emery's side showed progress and potential during a fun and frantic contest with Jurgen Klopp's visitors.
"We were not compact enough, simple as that", Klopp said.
Arsenal vs Liverpool highlights - Liverpool dropped points against their rivals as they were held to a 1-1 draw against Arsenal on Saturday.
When Paul Merson came out on Sky Sports during the week and said that he thought Arsenal would get whipped by Liverpool at the Emirates on Saturday, I knew all was not right with the world.
Liberated by the phenomenal Lucas Torreira alongside him, Xhaka was as dynamic and destructive as he has been in an Arsenal shirt. It's not nice, but of course a point at Arsenal will always be an absolutely good result.
Arsenal's resurgence is not exclusively down to the summer signing of the 22-year-old from Sampdoria.
Wenger used words like "negative" and "hurtful" to describe the atmosphere inside this vast arena, the audible evidence of mounting discontent, a place where supporters had ceased to enjoy their football. It was a ballsy switch from Emery but in keeping with his approach.
Liverpool's advantage could prove short-lived, however, as both sides are in action on Sunday, at home to Southampton and Crystal Palace respectively.
Palace are yet another side starving for goals ahead of the weekend, as they've played 395 minutes (Oct. 1 - all competitions) without finding the back of the net, and are winless (two draws) in their last five league games. Despite being underdogs and conceding seven times in their two contests with Liverpool last term, Arsenal started on the front foot. Let's face it, this was no surprise, as Arsenal aren't accustomed to leading in the first half.
"Nobody gave them presents and gave them points".