Arsenal host Liverpool in the lunchtime kick off this Saturday as Arsenal endeavour to continue their fine run of form and take a huge leap forward in the battle for top four. The gap between the Arsene Wenger and Brendan Rodgers’ men is six points, and a win for Arsenal could effectively kill Liverpool off creating a nine point gap with seven games to go. A win for the visitors however would minimise the gap to a mere three points and open the top four race more widely.
The last time these teams met was back in December when Arsenal had one of their worst performances of the season, but drew 2-2. Liverpool took the lead late in the first half through Coutinho until Arsenal equalised immediately after via Debuchy’s header. The Gunners took the lead in the second half courtesy of Giroud but a Martin Skrtel header late into injury time ended the match at 2-2. The late equaliser made it feel like a loss, but in hindsight we were lucky to come away with a point.
The last Premier League home encounter was a much merrier one, with two brilliant goals from Cazorla and Ramsey seeing Arsenal run out 2-0 winners and silencing the in form striker partnership of Suarez and Sturridge. The Gunners will be looking to replicate that performance and seal victory on Saturday.
Danny Welbeck is injured and may miss the fixture, and Tomas Rosicky is ill so may also not make it.
However, Jack Wilshere, Abou Diaby, Mathieu Debuchy and Mikel Arteta all featured on Arsenal’s youth 4-0 win over Brentford.
For Liverpool, it seemed that Sturridge and Sterling would be out but while the former is 50-50, the latter is likely to be fit and start. Steven Gerrard and Martin Skrtel are of course suspended.
Anyway, let’s hope we can maintain our run. Just three losses since Christmas in all competitions is very impressive and we wish it continues. Have a good day folks.