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Barclays Premier League Preview: Arsenal Vs Liverpool - Gunners Looking To Extend Unbeaten Run Against Kenny Dalglish's Men.
Saturday sees Arsenal and Liverpool go head to head at the Emirates Stadium, with both teams’ great begins to 2013/14 possibly hanging in the balance. It may be early days regarding the Premier League title challenge, yet Arsenal and Liverpool will be battling for top spot when they clash at the Emirates on Saturday.
Both clubs have never truly lost their spot around English football’s elite, however, thus when they meet, everybody is watching.The hosts have not lost to these opponents in the last seven league meetings, and a triumph might guarantee they stay in the race to win the title.
The Gunners right now hold the desired spot in the table, with Liverpool dwelling in third, two points adrift of this weekend’s rivals, level with second-put Chelsea. Contingent upon Chelsea’s bring about their early kickoff against Newcastle United, the Reds could potentially head off to the most obvious spot provided that they defeat Arsenal, who are unbeaten in their last eight league fixtures.
Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez have been a deadly attacking duo for Liverpool since Suarez’s return from suspension. Sturridge and Suarez have a combined 14 goals in the Premier League this season and that number is only going to rise.
Arsenal have found success scoring goals through the likes of Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey, both of whom have had fantastic starts to this Premier League season. Talent in the midfield, with Santi Cazorla and Mesut Ozil, will also help the lead the charge.
In terms of Saturday’s teams, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has revealed today that Philippe Coutinho will be included in the squad following a spell on the sidelines with injury.
For Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal, Jack Wilshere could feature in the encounter, while Mikel Arteta is expected to return to the fold following his suspension as a result of the red card he picked up during last weekend’s 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace.
Player to Watch: Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) and Luiz Suarez (Liverpool)
Various eyebrows were raised when Arsenal abruptly smashed their transfer record throughout the summer after various frugal seasons on the spending front. At £42.5million, Ozil is not just the most exorbitant Gunner ever additionally the most costly German footballer in history. So far he has demonstrated an incredible obtaining on the pitch with three goals and number of assists in his nine appearances. The former Real Madrid man is one of the planet’s most skilled assaulting midfielders and famous for his impressive technique, creativity and inventiveness. Liverpool’s rearguard and midfield will guarantee he is not managed at whatever time or space on Saturday or it could be a long evening for the Merseysider
All eyes will be on Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, who was the subject of a rejected reported £40,000,001 bid from Arsenal in the summer window, and he heads into this weekend’s clash off the back of a hat-trick in Saturday’s 4-1 win over West Bromwich Albion. Putting his hat-trick of great goals to one side, Suarez was a livewire. On Saturday a Uruguayan No.7 will come violently swirling into his territory.
Match Facts & Stats:
Liverpool and Arsenal have met 194 times in their respective histories and the Reds hold the upper hand overall with 75 wins to 69 and 50 draws. Liverpool have scored a total of 185 goals compared to a tally of 112 for the Gunners.
Despite Liverpool’s advantage historically, Arsenal have lost just one of the last 12 meetings, winning four and drawing seven.
November is Arsenal`s least productive month in Premier League history with the Gunners gaining only 1.55 points per game.
Possible starting lineups
Arsenal: Szczesny; Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs; Arteta, Wilshere, Ramsey, Ozil, Cazorla; Giroud
Liverpool: Mignolet; Johnson, Cissokho, Toure, Sakho, Skrtel; Lucas, Gerrard, Henderson; Sturridge, Suarez
Match Prediction: 2-2