Written by Daniel
Ok Fellow Liverpudlians ! Let’s Discuss Liverpool ! Let’s Talk Some Reds !
The clashes between Liverpool and Arsenal always produce Premier League classics. The goals usually follow whenever they meet. Rejuvenated Arsenal won in both of their opening games. Champions Liverpool beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and made their intentions clear in their dominating display against one of the title rivals. However, will Arsenal frustrate the host and come up with a win of their own, or will they feel the might of Anfield once again?
BOGEY TEAM ARSENAL
The Reds has been waiting to get one over the Gunners. Having beaten Liverpool twice already this year, a feat none can boast, they come to this fixture with renewed hope. However, playing at Anfield is a different ball game. Arsenal has not been on the winning side since that fateful day in 2012 when Rodgers was acclimating himself to the Anfield dugout. Winning at Anfield without fans may be less intimidating. However, Liverpool is unbeaten at Anfield in the Premier League for more than three years. They have dropped only 6 points out of 120 available and are closing on a club record 63 home league wins.
Pragmatic Arsenal vs Possession Obsessed Liverpool
Arsenal is a different team from previous years. This is true in terms of the players they possess and the style they play. Gone are the days of Arsene Wenger and the belligerent attacking football. The attacking flair of the midfield has been replaced with industry and steel. The defensive structure looks from the outset to be more organized than the previous Arsenal under Wenger and Emery. The possession is the least of their concern as they are interested in picking up numbers in a defensive zone to nullify the opponents attacking forays. However, Aubameyang, Lacazette, and Willian have the pace and lethal finishing to trouble most opponents. Liverpool is preoccupied with the ball most of the time possible through their counter-press. The possession game appears to get a new dimension with Thiago among their ranks. The attacking fullback roles of Trent Alexander Arnold and Andy Robertson may only be used as a secondary option this season with the creation coming from the central area of midfield. It promises to be more unpredictable and less dynamic.
Ones To Watch
The midfield of Liverpool has been redesigned with the arrival of Thiago Alcantara. The workaholic and industrious midfield have been upgraded with a new attacking dimension. However, the role of Thiago will be crucial if Liverpool are to trouble with their possession game. For Arsenal to pose a threat in the heavyweight clashes, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang needs to step up. He will once again be asked to run the channels and be a threat in counter-attack if Arsenal has to continue their winning momentum.
Liverpool continues to put records in their wake whenever they play at Anfield. Anfield has been a fortress, providing the base for the title challenges in the past campaigns. Liverpool will once again look to use the power of Anfield when Arsenal visit this Monday. Arsenal will hope that the absence of fans will turn the tide in their favor. Moreover, Arteta is unbeaten against Klopp and has the winning start of the new campaign to hold on.
Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal