Arsenal have been really inconsistent this season in the Premier League as they have picked up maximum points from just two of their previous five league games. And Arteta’s men could be staring at yet another loss as they take on Liverpool this weekend.
Liverpool, on paper, are a much better team than Arsenal but thankfully Klopp’s side have also seen a dip in form in recent months and quite surprisingly the Gunners are undefeated in 23 of their last 25 home matches against Liverpool in all competitions.
The North London side are really struggling to find consistency in their own performances this campaign and there’s no way to say how they will play in their next match.
Arsenal go into this game ninth on the league table so their hopes of a top-four finish are all but over. Now the only thing Mikel Arteta can do is spoil Liverpool’s party by stopping them from getting back into the top-four as well. But, the Gunners will have to make sure they do not experiment too much as they will have to at least ensure a Europa League berth for the next season.
Arsenal team news vs Liverpool:
David Luiz and Pablo Mari played in central defence in the 3-3 draw vs West Ham right before the international break but either Gabriel or Rob Holding is expected to come back into the side, replacing Mari.
Cedric Soares and Bellerin have been used in tandem at right-back but it’s the senior pro who’s likely to get the nod against Liverpool. Kieran Tierney is a no-brainer at left-back.
Granit Xhaka and Thomas Partey seem to have formed a formidable partnership in defensive midfield and the pair will reprise their role on Saturday as well.
Martin Odegaard picked up an ankle injury while on international duty but the Norwegian has fully recovered and is available for selection. Emile Smith Rowe was another injury setback during the international break as he missed the U21 game vs Croatia on Thursday night.
Bukayo Saka pulled out of the England squad due to a thigh injury and he still remains a doubt for the Liverpool game. If the youngster is not ready in time then Nicolas Pepe will come into the right-hand side of attack.
Gabriel Martinelli seems have fallen down the pecking order in the past few months while Lacazette has delivered every time he’s been called upon. So the Frenchman will get the lead the line at the Emirates this weekend.
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