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Arsenal vs Liverpool: Predictions
Arsenal showed tremendous character and desire to turn around a three-goal deficit and secure a point against West Ham just before the international break, underpinning the never-say-die attitude Mikel Arteta has instilled in his players; and that result should give the Gunners confidence against the champions.
Jurgen Klopp’s men were able to bounce back from the nadir of losing 1-0 to relegation candidates Fulham early last month, securing their place in the Champions League quarter-finals, where Real Madrid await them, while also seeing off Wolves 1-0, giving them a semblance of momentum heading into spring.
This match is a proverbial six pointer in every sense for both clubs, who will each be looking to close the gap on Chelsea in the final Champions League qualification place, while simultaneously sowing the seeds of optimism, as this fixture remains one of the Premier League’s most intense and entertaining.
Echos of the Champions League quarter-final in 2008 at Anfield and Andrey Arshavin’s four-goal haul are never far from the football psyche when this contest comes around, and fans will be hopeful of another spectacle as this is the division’s highest scoring fixture (166 goals overall).
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Arsenal vs Liverpool: Match Stats
Having trailed 3-0 after just 30 minutes against West Ham last time out, Liverpool will know just how vulnerable and porous Arsenal’s backline is. In fact, the Gunners have not kept a clean sheet in any of their last eight Premier League matches, so Klopp’s men should have few issues finding gaps and openings.
One player who could look to exploit Arteta’s Achilles’ heel is Sadio Mane, who has proven a regular thorn in the club’s side, scoring seven Premier League goals against Arsenal, only netting more against Crystal Palace (10). In fact, five of Mane’s seven league goals this season have come away from home, with four of those coming in London, so he will be licking his lips at the prospect of taking to the Emirates turf.
28 Sep 2020 – Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal – Premier League
29 Aug 2020 – Arsenal 1-1 Liverpool – Community Shield
15 Jul 2020 – Arsenal 2-1 Liverpool – Premier League
30 Oct 2019 – Liverpool 5-5 Arsenal – League Cup
The two League Cup contests in successive seasons at Anfield could not have been further apart, in terms of entertain value, with the 2019/20 thriller producing 10 goals as the match oscillated between mesmerising and madcap, with Klopp’s side ultimately triumphing on the night via penalties, while the stultifying goalless draw earlier this term went the opposite direction, with the Gunners progressing in sudden death.