Arsenal boss Unai Emery was keen to take the positives despite being beaten 3-1 by Liverpool at Anfield.
The visitors looked solid at times but were ultimately outclassed by a strong Liverpool outfit.
Joel Matip put the Reds ahead moments before half-time before a brace from Mohamed Salah in the second half.
Lucas Torreira scored a late consolation for Arsenal having come off the bench.
And Emery believes his substitutes had a strong influence on the game while also praising new signing Nicolas Pepe.
Speaking to Sky Sports: “We’re disappointed with the result but we can take positive things from the game.
“We were a little more deep, but we also had the positivity to try to score.
“In the first half, the best chance was for us with Pepe. The key was the second goal, it was a really soft penalty. I don’t think it was enough, but our reaction after that was good.
“The impact of Lucas [Torreira], Lacazette and Mkhitaryan was good. Joe Willock also made another step today.
“I am positive because we are going to improve. We can be happy with different players and how they are working.”
Arsenal had won their first two games of the season before defeat at Anfield.
And Emery was pleased with what he saw against Liverpool.
“Today the first half we worked together,” the Spanish coach added
“We were doing some transition very good and we had some chances but the second half the penalty was very soft.
“After 2-0 our reaction was good. We needed to attack and take a different moment in the match.
“Yes we are disappointed we lost 3-1 but watching some players we can be optimistic.
“We need to improve in possession and countering the pressure but Liverpool is the best team with this.
“We have to be realistic but we can fight closer to them. For me today, without the result there were some good periods we showed.”