Liverpool v Arsenal

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After two goalless draws to start the season, Arsenal will be desperate to find the back of the net when they head Merseyside to take on Liverpool on Sunday.  

The off-season departure of Robin van Persie hasn’t helped the Gunners’ attack, and Arsene Wenger’s replacements Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud are still finding their feet in the Premier League. 

If they’re going to open their account this season, a visit to Anfield may be just the tonic.  The Reds have leaked five goals in their opening two matches, and it was a horrible defensive error from the experienced Martin Skrtel which allowed Carlos Tevez to steal a point for Manchester City last weekend.

Arsenal has picked up two wins and a draw from its last three matches in from of the Kop faithful.  Last year’s victory was secured thanks to a brace of van Persie goals, including the winner in stoppage time.  With the goals drying up at the start of this season, they may look to the home team for some help on the score sheet; strangely, Liverpool has conceded three own goals in its last six clashes with the Gunners.

Liverpool had six 1-1 draws at home last season, so don’t be surprised to see the teams locked together at full-time.  If Arsenal can keep things tight in the first 60 minutes though, they’re every chance of snatching the points at the back end.  In 2011/12, the Gunners scored 34 goals and let in just 18 in the last half-hour of games.

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