Arsenal will welcome Liverpool, the current second team of the Premier League table, on Saturday evening at the Emirates Stadium. This will be a huge test for the Gunners for their race towards the league title.
In the recent weeks, North London’s club Arsenal having a great time on the pitch. Before drawing with Crystal Palace in the last Sunday’s away game, they had a tremendous run of 11 wins, including 7 Premier League games as well. However, It’s pretty tough to predict something particular about the unpredictable Arsenal side.
It seems like Unai Emery has been able to set the right tempo for his disciples. So far, their performance will tell you so. But there will always be a question mark on their performance against the big names. Gunners have lost both of their big clashes of this season against Chelsea and Manchester City. So, It’s become mandatory for them to show some formidable temperament in this match to establish their name on the list of title contenders.
Unai Emery’s biggest injury concern of this week is the right-back Hector Bellerin. This Spaniard has been forced to leave off the field due to his muscular injury against Crystal Palace last Sunday. As per the team’s news, he will be unavailable for Wednesday’s EFL Cup clash against Blackpool as well.
There is some issue with Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac as well. In this week, both of them are having thigh problems while Laurent Koscielny is still working towards full match fitness.
Considering these facts, Emery is getting a chance to do some experiments on his starting Xi in the EFL Cup clash against Blackpool on Wednesday night.
Currently, the Merseyside giant Liverpool is on the second of the Premier League table due to lack of goals only. Their formidable front trio Salah-Firmino-Mane is unlikely not on the song for the recent weeks. That causes them 7 goals short then the current table topper Manchester City.
Basically, the All Reds forwards were had a great scoring practice against the Cardiff City last week. With an early elimination from the EFL Cup, Jurgen Klopp’s men are having an unlikely break to keep up their recent goalscoring tempo.
Meanwhile, Klopp’s defence troops are performing solidly throughout this season. That’s likely the main reason behind his unconcerned behaviour about Naby Keita and Jordan Henderson’s injury.
Moreover, Liverpool’s recent stats against Arsenal is also cheering up the All Reds as well. Liverpool is undefeated in their last six games against the Gunners, even the last defeat was back in April 2015.
Arsenal predicted lineup:
(4-2-3-1): Leno; Lichtsteiner, Mustafi, Sokratis, Monreal; Torreira, Xhaka; Mkhitaryan, Ozil, Aubameyang; Lacazette.
Liverpool predicted lineup:
(4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Milner, Wijnaldum, Henderson; Mane, Salah, Firmino.