Time to set the Record Straight
Two years after a European final to forget against Sevilla, the stakes won’t be quite as high when Liverpool visit Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.
Make no mistake however, for this could well be a match to savour for the neutrals, as two of the most offensively exciting sides come head-to-head for the first time this season.
Unai Emery has led Arsenal to a number of impressive scorelines in his tenure so far but will be faced with a hard task at home against the Reds. Meanwhile, Jürgen Klopp will look to set the record straight in claiming a first victory over the Spaniard, since the two last met in 2016.
Continuing from where we left off with M’s prediction piece, some of the writers here at FOAR will have another crack, this time with the upcoming fixture in North London.
On paper this game looks like a six-pointer but I think it’s far from it. Even though Arsenal are the form team coming into this game, they haven’t really played any teams of Liverpool’s calibre on their unbeaten run and this current Arsenal team can be got at. If Liverpool are on their game then I think we can win comfortably. My guess would be a 3-0 to Liverpool, Firmino, Salah and Mane the scorers. Our strikers have found their feet of late and I think this will be one of their better games. This game is a must win for Liverpool if they want to keep the pressure on City in the league. – @JasonBranagan79
Arsenal’s first real challenge on this unbeaten run and what will likely turn out to be their first major loss since the start of the season. A strong 3-0 win to keep Liverpool in the title race, according to Jason.
I never felt confident going up against Arsenal, not until Klopp took over at least. And even then, Wenger seemed shrewd and capable enough to exploit a weakness on a given day and get something from the game. But now, under Emery, I think they are full of weak-links just waiting to be exploited. Their form and league position aren’t a true reflection of their ability and we are due a big win to get people’s attention again. We’re unbeaten in six against Arsenal and I expect that to be seven by Saturday night. 3-1 to the Reds. – @LFCowl
A new manager but plenty of weaknesses to exploit, says M. We’ve seen big wins against Red Star and Cardiff but perhaps now is the time for Liverpool to grab the headlines once more with a big win to take all the points back to Merseyside.
Last year’s home tie at Anfield certainly didn’t fail to disappoint, with the Gunners enduring a 4-0 thrashing. The return leg was packed with entertainment too, ending in a 3-3 draw after Arsenal came back from a two goal deficit to score 3 goals in 5 minutes. We managed to score a third to share the spoils. However, new season, new manager and they’re 4th in the league, just 4 points behind us. Aubameyang is their highest scorer and will have to be kept under wraps. I’m expecting a high-flying end-to-end match with Klopp fielding our strongest team to keep the pressure on at the top of the table. I’m predicting a hard fought 1-2 win! – @annelizawalsh78
It’s a tie to look forward to, according to Annie, and who can blame her given the history of goal gluts in this fixture? We’ll have to work hard and keep an eye on Auba though to have a chance of taking home maximum points. No pressure there!
It’s one of those games that guarantees goals. Although Arsenal have been in fine form going forward, I believe if our front three turn up then it could well be an afternoon to forget for an Arsenal side who haven’t been seriously tested since August. Gomez and VVD should be able to cope with Lacazette and a rested Andy Robertson will fancy his chances against Hector Bellerin and Alex Iwobi down the Arsenal right. – @DanBlank5
As impressive as Arsenal’s run of form has been, Dan rightly points out that this will be the North London side’s first serious test since the start of the season. Keep an eye out for a few gut-busting runs from our very own Scottish captain.
AND THERE YOU HAVE IT: 4 PREDICTIONS, 4 WINS!
Although I have no doubts as to whether Liverpool can grab a result here, the question remains: how many points? It’s worth remind ourselves that the last time we visited the Emirates, Ragnar Klavan and Dejan Lovren lined up as our centre-halves. Comparably, Arsenal’s defence needs a lot of work, but you cannot ignore the potent strike-force available to them in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, nor the quality of an in-form Mesut Ozil. As much as my brain is crying out for a draw, I have a feeling the encounter will end with all three points for Liverpool. The defence will be key. Arsenal 1 – 2 Liverpool.
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