Liverpool travel to North London on Saturday, hoping to end the recent strong run shown by Unai Emery’s Arsenal side.
The Reds continued their unbeaten start to the season with a convincing 4-1 victory over Cardiff City.
A Mohamed Salah opener, a Sadio Mane brace and a first Liverpool goal for Xherdan Shaqiri saw Jurgen Klopp’s team ease past the Welsh side.
Going into the game at the Emirates, Naby Keita is a slight doubt as he comes close to returning from a hamstring injury. Jordan Henderson however is a major doubt, wheareas ex-Gunner Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is certain to miss Saturday’s game.
As for Arsenal, their 11-game winning streak came to an end last Sunday when they drew 2-2 away at Crystal Palace.
They did intially manage to come from behind to go in front at Selhurst Park thanks to goals from Granit Xhaka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, however the concession of a late penalty saw them throw two points away.
Defenders Hector Bellerin, Sead Kolasinac and Nacho Monreal will all face late fitness tests going into the weekend, whereas Mohamed Elneny, Laurent Koscielny and Konstantinos Mavropanos all look certain to miss out.
The sides have met 224 times in history, with the Reds winning 86 and the Gunners 78, leaving 60 draws.
October 28th 1893 saw the first meeting between the two teams and it was Liverpool who came out victorious with a thumping 5-0 win at Manor Ground.
Arsenal have failed to beat this weekend’s opposition in over three years, with the Merseysiders unbeaten in the last six fixtures (3 wins, 3 draws).
The last four games between the sides has seen Liverpool score 17 goals, and the last two meetings at the Emirates has seen a collective 13 goals netted between both teams.
Despite some poor defensive play by the Gunners last Sunday, both teams are in superb form and for me, this result will really show where either side will be come May. Arsenal have quietly worked their way up the table and now sit in fourth, just four points off the league leaders.
They’ve actually scored the second most goals in the league this season (24), four more than the Reds. However Unai Emery’s team have conceded 13 goals this season, nine more than Liverpool have (4).
We’ve learnt from recent years that both sides have a reputation for being strong at the top end of the pitch, therefore should we expect goals?
The Reds haven’t conceded more than one goal in a league game since April, and with how strong Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk have been this season, I just can’t see that changing on Saturday. A brave statement considering they have the division’s joint top scorer in Aubameyang.
Arsenal’s backline usually struggle with interchangable and mobile attacking forces, and if Liverpool’s front three is on form come Saturday then I see no reason as to why they shouldn’t leave North London with all three points.
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Milner, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane
Arsenal 1-3 Liverpool