Arsenal face defensive crisis as Liverpool without key duo for Emirates clash


The Gunners are on a fine undefeated streak in all competitions but will be coming up against a Liverpool team who have genuine Premier League title ambitions.

The first half was played at breakneck speed with several chances for both sides.

The last five league meetings between Arsenal and Liverpool have produced 27 goals, and Emery admits he would like to see another high-scoring encounter - provided the Gunners win.

Hector Bellerin (thigh) and Sokratis Papastathopoulos (ankle) will be assessed along with Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac (both hamstring) before a decision is made on their involvement.

Meanwhile, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has claimed Emery is a better coach than people give him credit for, as the pair prepare to do battle for the first time since the 2016 Europa League final.

Speaking before the Saturday afternoon clash, the Mirror reported that Merson said that he wasn't confident in Unai Emery's defence against the Reds and in particular Mane, Salah and Firmino.

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The last time these two sides met in the Premier League at the Emirates, a frantic clash in December a year ago, the full time scoreline read 3-3 and while we should expect goals, I highly doubt this Liverpool backline will concede three in one game.

"The second goal is a good move by them, then he has done his best to bounce it on the floor and kick it over the bar". I remember when we played City last season, when we lost there 5-0, that was the day that City really clicked. The Spaniard has a long-standing habit of reading self-help books, and even used to hand them out to players at former clubs. "We are starting this project with a very positive way with what we are doing".

Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah is still struggling from an injury and looks a pale shadow of the player who took England by storm a year ago, according to Martin Keown.

"These two matches are so far and also they are so near, so close", he added.

"Tomorrow is a similar team because Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea are in front of us in the table, and now we want to compete against them". So, it is fair to say that Arsenal come into Saturday's game with form behind them but without having been tested properly in the last two and half months.

Laurent Koscielny is still not up to speed following an Achilles injury, while midfielder Matteo Guendouzi is suspended and Mohamed Elneny (thigh) is also missing.