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Arsenal legend Martin Keown has told Unai Emery’s Gunners that they must show “guts” if they’re to overcome Liverpool this weekend.
The two Premier League heavyweights have both won their opening two games of the 2019/20 campaign – the only two teams to do so – and meet in a mouthwatering clash at Anfield on Saturday night.
Former defender Keown knows a thing or two about winning at Liverpool, having been part of a 10-man Gunners side who secured a 2-1 victory there back in 2001.
And the Arsenal icon reckons Emery’s men can seal a shock victory over their fierce rivals – but they must bring their a-game to stand any chance of stunning Jurgen Klopp’s title challengers.
Writing in his column for The Daily Mail , he said: “I played at Anfield seven times with Arsenal and won only once, but what a win that was in 2001.
“We were down to 10 men for the majority of the match, I was captain, we took a two-goal lead then won 2-1. We showed guts.
Arsenal will need to do the same on Saturday evening. Anfield is the ultimate test as an away ground, and this will show us where Arsenal are under Unai Emery.
“They lost eight times on the road in the Premier League last season. We’ve heard Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang claim this week that they are ‘ready’ to mix with the big boys.
Well let’s see them prove that by putting in a performance at Anfield. There will be no shortage of atmosphere there.
“These are the games you live for. Dani Ceballos was outstanding on his full debut last week but let’s see how he does away from home against Liverpool’s midfield.”
The Gunners head to Anfield with Mesut Ozil available following illness, while midfielder Granit Xhaka is also in contention to return after missing the win over Burnley with bruising to his back.
Club-record signing Nicolas Pepe is pushing to make his full debut following two substitute appearances but Konstantinos Mavropanos and Kieran Tierney (both groin) and Hector Bellerin and Rob Holding (both knee) are absent.