Arsenal v Liverpool: Match preview

Arsenal, Liverpool

 

In what has to be one of the weekends most anticipated games Liverpool will travel to the Emirates full of confidence after decisively beating West Brom at Anfield last Saturday, in a match that saw in form striker Luis Suarez score a hat-trick.

Arsenal meanwhile has not looked as impressive struggling to beat Crystal Palace, a team that still does not have a manager 0-2 away and then going out of the Capital One Cup on Tuesday at home against Chelsea by a score of 0-2.

Arsenal of course rested many of their first team players for the Cup match so as to have no worries when taking on third placed Liverpool, who are only two points behind league leaders Arsenal in the Premiership.

Midfielder Mikael Arteta is back after serving a one match ban, yet the Gunners will be without Mathieu Flamini who remains sidelined with a groin injury.

Liverpool welcome back to their squad Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho after having been out for six weeks with a shoulder injury he incurred on September 16th at Swansea.

Missing from the squad will be Jose Enrique who is still out with a knee injury, but other than this Rodgers has a full complement, and is expected to play the same team he put out against West Brom.

Most football pundits are predicting a draw in this game, but I have a feeling that this match could prove whether Arsenal have got the strength to remain on top of the league or are just there because other than Tottenham they have yet to face good opposition.

Liverpool will be coming to London looking for all three points and know that Arsenals success is partly down to just two players Mesut Özil and striker Oliver Giroud who if they can take out of the game could give Arsenal problems.

Meanwhile Mertesacker and Koscielny will not be looking forward to the arrival of Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez with the pair already scoring 10-goals in five matches while playing together.

Arsenal have been conceding goals due to their style of attacking play, and Liverpool can punish a team on the break so I am taking the Reds to win this one as they focus only on a top four finish and Champions League football next season.

 

 

About Mark Finlay

Living a simple life in Spain where I follow, and write about the beautiful game. Owner of www.soccertransfers.net. While ranting and ranting and raving at @soccertransfer1 on twitter.

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