Premier League: Liverpool v Arsenal match preview

A look ahead to this weekend's Premier League fixture kick off at Anfield

The visitors come into the game on top spot and know a win will see them go five points clear of Manchester City, who play at 3pm.

Liverpool will look to return to winning ways after a disappointing 1-1 draw away to West Brom last Sunday, where they failed to cement a decent gap between 5th placed Everton. Arsenal are the only side to thwart Liverpool’s SAS striking partnership in the Premier League this season, but will be wary after the two combined once again last Sunday.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain impressed for the Gunners last weekend, scoring twice from a central midfield role, and with Aaron Ramsey and Kim Kallstrom injured, he could start from the middle again. Jack Wilshere, who has been out since last month with an ankle injury, could return to play some part at Anfield.

When the two sides met in November at the Emirates, it was then a battle of the top two. In a 2-0 win, Ramsey’s wonderful strike secured the three points for the Gunners.

 

KICK-OFF: Saturday, 12:45

PAST THREE MEETINGS…

Arsenal 2 (Cazorla, Ramsey) Liverpool 0, Premier League, November 2013

Arsenal 2 (Giroud, Walcott) Liverpool 2 (Suarez, Henderson), January 2013

Liverpool 0, Arsenal 2 (Podolski, Cazorla), September 2012

STATS…

Liverpool have only lost once at Anfield this season

Luis Suarez has scored 23 goals in only 19 Premier League games this season

Suarez’s 23 is 40% of Liverpool’s goal tally

Mesut Ozil has the second most assists (8) in the league behind Wayne Rooney’s 9

Santi Cazorla has scored in two of his three Premier League appearances against Liverpool

Martin Skrtel tops the league with the most amount of own goals scored with 2

Liverpool have scored 15 goals from set pieces compared to Arsenal’s 5

The Reds top the League for the amount of goals scored on the counter attack with 5

The hosts have only beaten Arsenal once in their last 10 games

ODDS…

Liverpool to win: 2.1

Arsenal to win: 3.5

Draw: 3.4

CLASSIC MOMENT/MATCH

Andrei Arshavin’s best moment as an Arsenal player came at Anfield in the 2008/09 season in a 4-4 thriller.  His 4 goals massively dented Liverpool’s title hopes under Rafa Benitez, it could’ve have been worse had Yossi Benayoun not scored a late equaliser.

TV: Live on BT Sport 1 at 12:45

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