Both of these sides approach Saturday’s game in good form.
Arsenal are currently fourth in the Premier League table. They have 22 points, four fewer than Liverpool. The have won 12 of their last 13 matches in all competitions, drawing the other one (2-2 at Crystal Palace last Sunday). Arsenal have kept four clean sheets in their last nine games
Having won eight and drawn two of their Premier League matches this season, Liverpool are unbeaten in the league. They have kept six clean sheets in those ten matches.
Arsenal have scored in each of their last 14 matches. They have scored 19 goals in eight home matches this season, which includes drawing a blank against Man City on the opening day of the season.
Eight different players have scored for Arsenal in their last five matches, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scoring five times and Alexander Lacazette twice.
After going four games without a win between 26 Sept and 7 Oct, Liverpool have now won their last three matches, scoring nine goals in the process. Mo Salah has scored four times in those three games and Sadio Mane three times. There are signs that the machine is starting to click more fully into gear.
Their meetings at Arsenal in the last ten years in the Premier League have produced the following scores (Arsenal’s score listed first and the most-recent meeting listed first, too):
3-3, 3-4, 0-0, 4-1, 2-0, 2-2, 0-2, 1-1, 1-0 and 1-1
As you can see, five of the ten matches have ended as draws and four of the last six meetings have produced four goals or more.
Arsenal have turned things around after a shaky start. Their boss, Unai Emery, is similar to Jurgen Klopp in that he is demonstrative and competitive. Both won’t need telling how significant this game is, not least because a win for Arsenal would move them to within a point of Liverpool.
As such, I can see Liverpool adopting a fairly pragmatic formation – usual back four, solidity rather than creativity in midfield and, of course, the potent attacking trio of Salah, Sane and Firmino.
That said, Firmino has not looked at his best of late while Shaqiri has done well in recent games. At worst, this kind situation gives Klopp good options.
Overall, it is a fascinating match-up, one that represents Arsenal’s toughest assignment since they lost their first two games of the season, to Man City and Chelsea. We will find out more about them on Saturday.
Mattéo Guendouzi will miss the match for Arsenal having been sent off after picking up two yellow cards in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday. Laurent Koscielny and Ainsley Maitland-Niles remain unlikely to return despite returning to training. Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac have recovered from hamstring injuries but, again, the general feeling is that they will not start the match against Liverpool.
For Liverpool, Mo Salah was wearing a wrist splint in training this week but Liverpool have said that he will be available for the match. Naby Keita and Jordan Henderson are, though, doubtful for the game owing to hamstring injuries picked up last month.
Liverpool have kept on getting results despite not yet looking at their best this season. No doubt, though, this is the best side that Jurgen Klopp has assembled while at Anfield and he will be keen to lay down a marker against one of his stronger opponents.
When it comes down to it, I simply think that Liverpool are a better and stronger side than Arsenal and, as such, I fancy them to win, for which we have them priced at 21/20.
A suggested score-line is 2-0 to Liverpool (11/1) and, as it’s a ‘Double The Odds On First Goal-scorer Bets’ match with us, Sadio Mane (6/1) is recommended to score first.