Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez are in fine goalscoring form. Image courtesy of thinkfootball.co.uk
Arsenal has responded increcibly well since its deflating opening day loss to Aston Villa, but the Gunners get only their second real test of the season when Liverpool visits Emirates Stadium on Sunday morning (AEST). In Arsenal’s first nine matches, Tottenham Hotspur is the only club it has faced with genuine top-four ambitions, but Liverpool sits just two points below the east Londoners on the table and the Reds are undefeated away from home this campaign.
Despite recording a 2-0 win over lowly Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park last weekend, Arsenal has sandwiched that result with a pair of losses. Arsene Wenger’s team suffered a rare home loss in the Champions League when Borussia Dortmund stole a late 2-1 victory while a weakened side went down 2-0 to Chelsea in the League Cup.
After a surprise 1-0 slip up at Anfield against Southampton in September, Liverpool has taken 10 points from its next four premiership fixtures. Strike-pairing Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge scored all four goals between them in last week’s 4-1 demolition of West Bromwich Albion. It will be a massive job for the likes of Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker to stop them in full flight. Last time the Reds were on the road, they couldn’t take advantage of Newcastle United going a man down, settling for a 2-2 draw.
Arsenal has scored 20 goals in the EPL this season. The addition of Mesut Ozil has added a different dynamic to the midfield, but Aaron Ramsay and Olivier Giroud have lifted their games immeasurably. Both have five goals & four assists to their credit and each has made the most of Ozil’s ability to create space everywhere he goes. The Gunners have scored first in eight of their nine matches.
Liverpool has collected five points from its past three visits to the Emirates. The teams drew 2-2 there last season while the Reds came away with a 2-0 victory the previous campaign.
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