After a interval of stable kind and robust outcomes, the expected Arsenal group to face Liverpool on Saturday might see star duo Thomas Partey and Kieran Tierney return.
The Gunners have turned a nook to grow to be one of many Premier League’s in-form groups, following a disastrous begin. In actual fact, three defeats from three matches left them backside of the desk with a minus 9 aim distinction.
Skip ahead to 11 matches into the marketing campaign, although, and Arsenal sit fifth, two factors behind Saturday’s opponents Liverpool.
So as to add extra gloss to their current run, Liverpool’s first defeat of the season solely got here of their final sport.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta mentioned of his facet’s journey to Anfield: Properly it’s all the time a check. It’s an interesting stadium to play soccer.
“You need to be at your greatest, you must elevate your degree to the utmost requirements emotionally, bodily, technically, as a result of for those who don’t, you’ll get uncovered.
“To go to Anfield is all the time a check, however for those who’re capable of do all that, there aren’t many grounds the place you are feeling as if you’re a correct footballer.”
Liverpool are unbeaten of their previous 13 matches at Anfield, however Arsenal haven’t misplaced in 10 matches in all competitions.
Final day trip – Arsenal 1-0 Watford
The Gunners’ robust run of kind continued earlier than the worldwide break with a convincing win over Watford, opposite to what the scoreline may counsel.
Whereas Emile Smith Rowe ultimately netted the winner within the second half, Bukayo Saka had a aim disallowed for offside and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed a penalty earlier than the break.
What’s extra, one other clear sheet for goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale and the again 4 of Takehiro Tomiyasu, Ben White, Gabriel and Nuno Taveres cemented Arsenal’s stability on the again.
Additional ahead, Saka, Smith Rowe and Aubameyang might have made it a extra good-looking win for Arsenal.
In the meantime, Alexandre Lacazette continued to play a key function behind Aubameyang.
Predicted Arsenal group towards Liverpool
Albert Sambi Lokonga and Ainsley Maitland-Niles performed in midfield towards Watford, however Partey might change the latter.
The Ghana star complained of a groin downside earlier than the conflict with the Hornets. As such, he stayed in London throughout the worldwide break and Arteta hopes to have him available.
The supervisor mentioned: “He couldn’t play for the nationwide group. He actually tried to do this and pushed for that one however wasn’t sufficient.
“Once more that’s one thing we’ve got to evaluate as a result of till at this time he hasn’t carried out sufficient.”
Elsewhere, Kieran Tierney made his return from an ankle downside for Scotland and so he might change Tavares at left-back.
Saka and Smith Rowe will possible begin once more, as will Aubameyang and Lacazette. Arsenal have struggled at Anfield in current seasons – shedding the entire final 5 Premier League video games between the edges there.
Nevertheless, Arsenal have much-needed stability of their group this season which might serve them properly this time round.
Predicted Arsenal XI: Ramsdale; Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, Tierney; Saka, Lokonga, Partey, Smith Rowe; Lacazette; Aubameyang