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Arsenal v Liverpool Preview - William Gallas

William Gallas claims he is not surprised by “struggling” Trent Alexander-Arnold’s recent performances for Liverpool. The Reds have failed to live up to their lofty standards so far and sit ninth in the Premier League table, with 10 points and just two wins from seven games. Alexander-Arnold has come in for particular criticism after his defensive displays at right-back - and former Arsenal centre-back Gallas feels the Gunners will be favourites in the pair’s upcoming clash.


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Arsenal Should Win

Speaking exclusively to Genting, he said: “I think it would be a big disappointment if Arsenal fail to beat Liverpool at The Emirates, especially after their victory against Tottenham. 

“When you see the performances of Liverpool this season, [a 3-3 draw] at the weekend against Brighton, it is a great opportunity to beat them.

“Liverpool are struggling at the moment. The performance against Brighton didn't surprise me because they look like a different team this season. There have been warning signs all season.

“They look weaker without [Sadio] Mane. At the back, they have been really, really poor. Alexander-Arnold is struggling. 

“The problem with Liverpool is that almost every goal is coming from Alexander-Arnold’s side of the pitch. He is playing far too high. 

“From an attacking perspective, we all know that he has great quality and he can deliver plenty of crosses and create chances for his teammates to score from, but when he has to defend he is not strong enough.

“I’m not surprised by his performances. I think over the last few years, because of what he can do going forward, creating so many assists, people failed to see the weaknesses in his game as a defender. 

“His first job is to defend very well. How many goals have Liverpool conceded from his mistakes? Nobody talks about this when you’re winning games. 

“Liverpool were on fire, winning games, winning trophies and the number of assists he registered was magnificent, but these errors were always in his game.

“For Arsenal, this is the right time to play Liverpool. I will back Arsenal to win this game, that is for sure. I think 3-1 to Arsenal because it will be an open game. Arsenal must take advantage of the shape that Liverpool are in.”

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Alexander-Arnold Needs Competition

Gallas has suggested that Alexander-Arnold would benefit from a serious competitor for his spot in the starting line-up.

“He [Alexander-Arnold] needs someone to challenge him,” he continued. “If he doesn’t have competition, he knows that he will be playing in every game. 

“When you look at his body shape, it is wrong. I saw him against Brighton and I thought he was playing like a winger, not like a right-back. 

“For a player like [Joel] Matip, it must be so difficult to always cover his side and the spaces that he leaves behind. His job is difficult enough as it is. 

“When you open your defensive line like Liverpool do, they are always in trouble. They definitely need some competition in the squad for him. I think if Liverpool added to the squad, you would see an improvement from him.”

 

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