Arsenal entertain Liverpool in Saturday’s late Premier League kick-off at the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners have performed impressively since the back-to-back defeats to Manchester City and Chelsea to the start of the campaign and they are currently on a 13-match unbeaten across all competitions.
Jurgen Klopp’s side, on the other hand, have remained unbeaten in the English top-flight this term and a run of eight wins and two draws from the opening 10 matches sees them only goal difference behind table-toppers Manchester City. Arsenal, meanwhile, are four points adrift of them occupying the fourth position in the standings.
What happened in the previous meeting?
The previous encounter between the sides was at the Emirates Stadium before Christmas and the game witnessed a high-scoring 3-3 draw. The Reds completely dominated the proceedings during the first period but they could only manage one goal from Philippe Coutinho after some poor finishing from the likes of Sadio Mane and Dejan Lovren.
In the second half, the Reds doubled the scoring with Mohamed Salah in the 52nd minute and it appeared all gloom for the Gunners before they made a stunning comeback. Alexis Sanchez, Granit Xhaka and Mesut Ozil scored three goals in the space of six minutes before the hour mark but they were pegged back eventually with Roberto Firmino bagging the leveller after a poor piece of judgement from goalkeeper Petr Cech.
Players to watch for:
Alexandre Lacazette – Arsenal: The France international has been impressive leading the line for the Gunners this season but of late, he has found himself going through a mini goal drought. The Frenchman is presently in a run of three matches across all competitions without scoring but he should still make the starting XI with his hold-up play and movement likely to test Lovren, who tends to have the odd poor game every now and then. Lacazette has bagged four goals and two assists in the top-flight this term.
Mohamed Salah – Liverpool: Salah started the season in a relatively subdued fashion having failed to make the most of his chances in and outside the box. However, since the last international break, the Egypt international has risen to the occasion and he comes into this game in sublime form with four goals and two assists from just three matches. With Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac remaining injury doubts, Salah could once more come against Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who was competent and made the attacker work for his goal last time around.
Arsenal 2-2 Liverpool
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