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Can The Gunners keep their leading position?

Last updated: January 12, 2016 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Wednesday, 8pm
Venue: Anfield
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: WLWWL
Away form: WWLWW
Last season: 2-2
Competition: The Premier League

Arsenal are topping the table of The Premier League with 42 points (2 points in front of Leicester City). The Gunners have won 5 of their last 6 league matches and are in top form. Now, Arsenal must keep their leading position, but a visit to Liverpool at Anfield is always a difficult task.

The Gunners kept a clean sheet in their last two Premiership matches (2-0 against Bournemouth and 1-0 against Newcastle). Mesut Oezil is their key player this season. The German international has made 16 assists and he has scored 3 goals. Olivier Giroud is also in a very good shape. The Frenchman has scored 10 goals in The Premier League.

The Reds are currently in 8th place of the standings with 30 points. They still have a chance of qualifying for The Champions League; Liverpool are just 6 points behind fourth-placed Tottenham. The Reds lost their last Premier League match to West Ham 0-2, but despite the defeat their performance wasn’t that bad. Now, the main problem in front of Klopp is the lack of several key players, but the German manager has enough potential in his squad.


Team News

Daniel Sturridge has resumed full training. He had a hamstring problem, but is now ready to play and can gain his place in Liverpool’s squad for the match.

James Milner, Divock Origi, Jordan Henderson, Skrtel and Gomez are sure to miss the match. Danny Ings is long-term injured. Rossiter is also unavailable for the game.

Good news for Arsene Wenger – Alexis Sanchez has finally recovered from his hamstring problem. He will be a possibly for the starting XI.

Arteta, Rosicky, Wilshere, Welbeck, Coquelin and Cazorla are still injured for The Gunners. The defensive midfielder Francis Coquelin will return in February.

Quotes of the week

kloppJurgen Klopp (Liverpool) :“You cannot control balls like this, but that’s how it was. I’m not lucky with this!”

arsenen wenger from arsenalArsene Wenger (Arsenal) :“Mesut, I gave him a one-week holiday during the international break.”


Expected line-ups:

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Liverpool (4-3-3): Mignolet, Clyne, Lovren, Sakho, Moreno, Coutinho, Leiva, Can, Ibe, Firmino, Benteke.
Subs Bogdan, Sturridge, Adam Lallana, Allen, Smith, Toure, Enrique.
Injured: Ings, Origi, Rossiter, Gomez, Skrtel, Milner, Henderson.
Doubtful:
Not available:
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Arsenal (4-1-4-1): Cech, Bellerin, Monreal, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Flamini, Oezil, Sanchez, Walcott, Ramsey, Giroud.
Subs Ospina, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Chambers, Gibbs, Debuchy, Gabriel, Campbell
Injured: Rosicky, Wilshere, Welbeck, Arteta, Coquelin, Cazorla.
Doubtful:
Not available:

Key Battle

benteke Benteke this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
12 (5) 1411 6 2,5 1 2 2 0
Alexis Sanchez this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
13 (1) 1107 6 4,1 1 3 0 0

So far this season

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Liverpool this season Arsenal this season
8 League Position 1
4 (4) (at home) Wins (away) 7 (6)
4-1 vs. Man City Biggest win 5-2 vs. Leicester
3 (3) (at home) Draws (away) 2 (1)
2 (4) (at home) Losses (away) 1 (3)
0-3 to Watford and West Ham Biggest Defeat 0-4 to Southampton
Benteke (6) Top scorer Giroud (10)
Lallana, Milner, Coutinho and Firmino (3) Assist Leader Oezil (16)
Y39, R1 Discipline Y20, R2
6 Failures to score 4
7 Clean Sheets 9
9 Both Teams to Score Games 8
8 Over 2.5 Games 10
12 Under 2.5 Games 10
  • Liverpool have an advantage at Anfield against Arsenal. The Reds have won 48 of 92 matches against The Gunners. There’s been only 18 draws.
  • The last away victory for Arsenal vs. Liverpool was on 2nd September 2012 when The Gunners won 2-0. Podolski and Cazorla found the net and secured the points.
  • The last time Liverpool lost at home in The Premier League was 2 months ago, when Crystal Palace defeated The Reds 2-1. That was their second defeat at Anfield this season.
  • Arsenal have lost 3 away Premier League matches this season. The Gunners have also recorded 6 victories and just 1 draw (1-1 against Norwich).

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
24/08/15 The Premier League Arsenal 0-0 Liverpool
04/04/15 The Premier League Arsenal 4-1 Liverpool Bellerín 37′
21/12/14 The Community Shield Liverpool 2-2 Arsenal Philippe Coutinho 45′
16/02/14 The FA Cup Arsenal 2-1 Liverpool Oxlade-Chamberlain 16′
08/02/14 The Premier League Liverpool 5-1 Arsenal M. Škrtel 1′