Arsenal vs Liverpool: 3 key individual battles that will decide the game

Posted November 04, 2018

If you want to win at Arsenal, you should use these kind of chances. "Our new history is with the present, and also with our players and with our quality", said the Spaniard, whose side have won just five out of 32 meetings with Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham since the 2015-16 season.

Juergen Klopp's side, second in the league standings on goal difference behind Manchester City, have only dropped points against the champions and Chelsea in their opening 10 matches as they bid for a first top-flight title since 1990.

Arsenal's 11-game winning run ended with Sunday's draw at Crystal Palace, but their performances have impressed me as much as their results this season - including their display against the Eagles.

Arsenal's first real test of the season comes this Saturday, as Unai Emery's men take on Liverpool.

Unlike past year, Liverpool's defensive discipline has overshadowed their attacking firepower. It looked like an attempt to fight fire with fire and the quartet managed to peg Liverpool back for large parts of the game and limit the opportunities for the visitors' forwards to shine.

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There have been some suggestions that Mustafi could be rested at centre back after he played against Blackpool on Wednesday but I find it hard to believe the German wouldn't be selected to face Liverpool.

We've set a target of 17/20 for big football fans. The likes of Mohammed Salah returning to peak form is certainly not good news for Emery's hosts.

Emery said the early defeats still play on his mind as he prepares his team for the visit of Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool. We made, I think, more mistakes than the refs but I think in this moment it would have been cool if the goal could count.

The Premier League match kicks off at 5.30pm GMT. On the other side of the table, there are teams who have very few points and they all have a chance to stay in the league.

He has done the same with every player, by creating an environment where they are fighting for their place.

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Emery has taken Ozil out of his comfort zone and been very outspoken about saying he needs to do more for the team, but at the same time he has rewarded him by giving him the captain's armband, which sends a message about how much he values him.

"It's good for us that we could deal with it the way we did, the boys did well with the change of the system".

"We could have kept our shape better in the first half, we needed to be more solid, that's something to learn from".

Mohamed Salah wore protective strapping in training this week because of an inflamed wrist tendon but has been passed fit to play.

I wrote this tactical preview of the game for you to enjoy. If he sees it like that then good. You can not [press] because someone is asking you - it doesn't work.

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