Wednesday’s Capital One Cup defeat at the hands of Chelsea may not be the best platform for Arsenal to resume their good Premier League run, but they have to take what is given to them, and an in-from Liverpool visiting the Emirates on Saturday looks an unfair deal.
Arsene Wenger, however, will field all of his best options this time, including returning from suspension Mikel Arteta, in the hope of dominating possession against the Reds.
The club are entering a season-defining period, including a visit to Borussia Dortmund and a home clash with Manchester United, and the Gunners will feel victory on Saturday might be fitting for a good start.
The Gunners’ will hope the return of Mikel Arteta from suspension will fill the hole left by Mathieu Flamini, who is still recovering from a hamstring injury.
Meanwhile, Brendan Rodgers’ men will feel the glass is half full with September’s League cup exit giving them a welcome chance to regain some freshness during the week.
Deadly duo Luiz Suarez and Daniel Sturridge will be backed by the emerging Philippe Coutinho, who hasn’t played since September.
KICK-OFF: Saturday, 5.30pm
PAST THREE MEETINGS:
Arsenal 2 Liverpool 2, Premier League, January 2013
Liverpool 0 Arsenal 2, Premier League, September 2012
Liverpool 1 Arsenal 2, Premier League, Match 2012
There have been three own goals, three red cards and two penalties in the last six matches between the two.
Arsenal have only lost once against Liverpool at the Emirates and this was their last defeat against the Reds – in 2011.
Liverpool have double the amount of points after nine PL matches this season (20), than last season (10).
Arsenal to win: 1.2
Liverpool to win: 2.2
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