After a fairly dismal January where the Gunners lost three of five winless matches in all competitions, they’ve since recovered to win five on the bounce and cement their grip on fourth place. With games in hand on their rivals, this encounter effectively serves as a free swing for Mikel Arteta’s side.
Although the squad is thin following departures in January, right-back Takehiro Tomiyasu is the Gunners’ only absentee, so Arteta may well persevere with the starting eleven that impressed during the 2-0 win over Leicester last time out, despite the short turnaround between games.
Liverpool are also in fine fettle and have won 12 of 14 matches now. That includes eight consecutive league victories, during which time they’ve conceded just two goals and plundered 21 of their own. Jurgen Klopp also enjoys a near empty treatment room.
Ibrahima Konate is a doubt, though would have likely found himself behind Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip in the pecking order in any case, but crucially, Mo Salah is expected to recover in time from a knock picked up in their last outing against Brighton.
Liverpool To Win To Nil
This will be a real test of Arsenal’s progression in recent months, though it’s worth noting that they have failed to score in their past five meetings with Liverpool, losing three of these. This season alone the were battered 4-0 at Anfield before going down 2-0 over two legs in the League Cup semi-finals, while results against the other top sides have been far from encouraging.
Across all competitions, they’ve lost six of seven winless matches his season against the current top five in the table, yielding an aggregate 18-3 scoreline, with four of those defeats coming by a minimum two-goal margin.
Given Arsenal are yet to demonstrate they can compete with the top sides, a Liverpool side bearing considerable momentum will expect to do their bit to keep the title race competitive.
The Gunners have consistently struggled to score against the better sides, while at the other end, still have the potential to fold as 4-0 and 5-0 defeats away to Liverpool and City this term highlights.
Further, Klopp undeniably has a stronger bench to call upon, though Arsenal can be a tough nut to crack at the Emirates and the visitors should make do with a more narrow victory this time.
LIVERPOOL TO WIN TO NIL
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