Mohammed Salah will look to continue his rich vein of form this season, can Pierre Emerick Aubameyang have a say at Anfield? (Photo credit...
|Mohammed Salah will look to continue his rich vein of form this season, can Pierre Emerick Aubameyang have a say at Anfield? (Photo credit: Sky Sports)|
One fixture with a rich history of goals promises to live up to the billing as a resurgent Arsenal travel to Anfield to negotiate Liverpool in a game of huge consequences considering league positions.
Arsenal are on the longest unbeaten run in the league with eight games without a loss, this run follows their embarrassing start of three straight defeats in the hands of Brentford, Chelsea and a 5-0 annihilation at the Etihad against City.
Liverpool aren’t in crisis yet, not even after the not exactly shocking loss at the London Stadium to Westham before the international break, they can win here and banish the memories of that game for good and restore themselves as firm title favorites.
What has changed at Arsenal? Consistency in defense coinciding with the arrival of Aaron Ramsdale as well as the formidable partnership of Ben White and Gabriel, considering how many changes Bernd Leno saw in front of him game in game out last season, it’s a notable improvement.
The midfield at Arsenal is still thin, Thomas Partey sat out the game against Watford and missed Ghana’s all important World Cup qualifiers, Granit Xhaka is still out with knee issues and they certainly need to add some experienced bodies in the middle next transfer window.
Liverpool aren’t going to lose sleep over this fixture and the reason is obvious, they haven’t lost at home to Arsenal in a very long time and they have scored at least three goals on each of Arsenal’s last five visits to Anfield.
Liverpool are clear favorites here without any shadow of doubt, it will be a huge surprise for Arsenal to earn a point here and it’s not because they’re a bad side, but the as the gulf closes the reality remains that Arsenal still need some time to level up.
Liverpool’s unbeaten run ended last time out against Westham, they will want to make big and bold statements against Arsenal, with Roberto Firminho out of this fixture, Diogo Jota is primed to continue his scoring run against the Gunners.
Arsenal must maintain their defensive shape against these hungry Kops, they won’t see the ball as much as they have done in most games this season but they must take their chances if they ever come, regardless of the result here, Arsenal’s season will only get better.