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“Things still aren’t right” – Chris Sutton makes bold prediction for Arsenal vs Liverpool

By Harry Edwards

Published: 14:46, 7 October 2022

Chris Sutton believes Arsenal’s attack will be too much for Liverpool to handle when the two sides meet in the Premier League on Sunday.

Arsenal go into the game top of the table having won seven and lost just one of their opening eight Premier League matches. Liverpool, meanwhile, are 11 points back in ninth with just two victories from seven matches but beat Rangers in the Champions League in midweek.

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At the start of September, Arsenal tasted defeat for the first time this season, beaten 3-1 by Manchester United at Old Trafford in what was their first real test of the season. The next test came just last weekend, against Tottenham in the North London Derby, but Arsenal had very little trouble in dispatching their rivals.

It was a performance they could take confidence from, especially having conceded an equaliser before taking all three points, albeit eventually against 10 men.

In that same weekend, Liverpool were held to a 3-3 draw by Brighton, and went 2-0 down in the game at Anfield, blown away by Roberto De Zerbi’s side. Liverpool later went 3-2 up but had to settle for a draw in the end, the least that Brighton deserved for their performance.

Having also drawn with Everton before the international break, Liverpool were in danger of truly starting a slump, but did get a win against Rangers in midweek to stay in control of their Champions League hopes. Goals from Trent Alexander-Arnold and Mohamed Salah were enough to see off the Scots, but Sutton wasn’t completely convinced.

In his BBC predictions column, Sutton said: “The way Arsenal went at Tottenham last weekend was impressive, and bodes well for this game too.

“While the Gunners are playing well and are full of confidence, things still aren’t right at Liverpool as far as I can see.

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“Jurgen Klopp’s side were very comfortable against Rangers in the Champions League on Tuesday but they weren’t tested defensively. Here, Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Jesus won’t give them a minute’s peace.

“I think Liverpool will score, even though they have not quite clicked yet this season, but Arsenal’s attacking talent are going to cause them a lot of problems at the other end.”

Arsenal are the second-highest scorers in the Premier League this season having netted 20 goals, with summer signing Gabriel Jesus scoring five of those. The Brazilian has helped transform Arsenal’s attack and has had 97 touches in the opposition box in the Premier League and Europa League this season.

Across Europe’s top five leagues, plus the top two continental competitions, only Kylian Mbappe (117) has had more touches in the opposition box, while only Erling Haaland (14) has had more shots in the six-yard box than Jesus’ nine.