Premier League: Arsenal v Liverpool match preview
A look ahead to tonight's Premier League fixture at the Emirates
Wednesday 30 January 2013
After scoring eight goals in their last two games, Arsenal will be hoping for another impressive night in front of goal, looking to keep up the pressure on fourth placed Tottenham, for that coveted final Champions League spot.
Suffering inconsistency throughout the season, another example provided during Sunday’s FA Cup shock defeat to League One side Oldham, Liverpool will also be eager to further their fourth place ambitions.
Thomas Vermaelen is available for selection after missing the win at Brighton on the weekend with an ankle injury. Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott and Santi Cazorla should be recalled to the starting line-up after being rested for the cup tie at Brighton.
Liverpool once again can call upon the services of Glen Johnson, Pepe Reina and Luis Enrique who all missed the cup defeat to Oldham due to injuries. Steven Gerrard should return after coming off the bench at the weekend.
PAST THREE MEETINGS…
Liverpool 0 Arsenal 2 (Poldoski, Cazorla) Premier League, September 2012
Liverpool 1 (Kolscieny OG) Arsenal (Van Persie 2) Premier League, March 2012
Arsenal 0 Liverpool 2 (Ramsey OG, Suarez) Premier League, August 2011
Liverpool have won only once in their last 11 league meetings with Arsenal.
Arsenal have the chance to do a rare double over Liverpool, in the past eight seasons, they have only done so once.
Controversial Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez is Liverpool’s leading goalscorer this season with 16 goals in the Premier League this season.
Theo Walcott is enjoying his best season as a Gunner, with ten goals overall in the league thus far, although Olivier Giroud is the man in form, scoring braces in his last two games.
Arsenal to win: 2.4
Liverpool to win: 3.1
In recent memory, the two sides have put on highly entertaining games, recording 3-6 and 4-4 scorelines, although in the past seven league meetings, none have seen more than three goals scored.
The thrilling 4-4 draw at Anfield in April 2009, remains the only Premier League game, where a player has scored four times (Andrei Arshavin - Arsenal) and not ended up on the winning team.
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