The Gunners take on Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side on Match Day 3 of Premier League hits up this weekend. Arsenal has 3 points from a possible six after beating Leicester City 4-3(on the opening day of the season) and lost 1-0 to Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium.
However, Liverpool sit 1 points above the Gunners with 4 points to their name as they drew 3-3 with Watford and defeated giant killers Crystal Palace 1-0 at Anfield. Nevertheless, it promises to be an intriguing affair s both sides are set for a match up against each other this weekend.
Arsene Wenger will be looking to pick up the three points as they visit Anfield with some measure of revenge mission in mind while Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp will not be giving a dime as they host Arsenal at Anfield this weekend for the fixture.
With some measure of rivalry brewing among both sides, we take a look at four key battles ahead of the match.
SADIO MANE VS HECTOR BELLERIN
The Spanish talent that has been a revelation for Arsenal at the right back position prompting interest from a host of top clubs particularly Spanish giants FC Barcelona will be vital in this match.
He will need to be at his best to protect Arsenal right back position coupled with some telling contributions (some runs and inviting crosses) into the box.
Bellerin would probably face one of the hottest commodities (player) in the League in Sadio Mane and must be wary and brave when he takes to the pitch against the Senegalese international.
Mane has been pivotal to what Liverpool have achieved so early in the season(Champions League Qualification) and so expect him to flourish and pose a threat to Arsenal’s defense just like last season.
MOHAMED SALAH VS NACHO MONREAL
The Arsenal defender will be vital to the Gunners entire system in the game as he will be saddled with the duty to probably man the left back position in tandem with keeping an eye on the pace and trickery of the illustrious Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah.
Monreal has the ability on the ball no doubt but he may be a major concern for Arsenal defensively if Salah finds his rhythm in the course of the contest. Salah’s pace and eye for goal are one danger the Gunners must be wary of alongside the pair of Laurent Koscielny and Sead Kolasiniac.
This is the more reason why Monreal needs to be at his very best to deal with the dashing run and the cut back of the Egyptian international.
JORDAN HENDERSON VS AARON RAMSEY
The Welsh midfielder will file out against Liverpool midfield trio of Georginio Wijnaldium, Emre Can and club skipper Jordan Henderson barring injuries.
This promises to be a tough duel for the Welshman as the talent is there to compete against some of the best players like Cesc Fabregas, Nemanja Matic and Michael Carrick not name but a few.
In the Liverpool vs. Arsenal clash, the Wales man will be up against Jordan Henderson whose leadership and maturity is growing by the day to the benefit of Liverpool Football Club.
Henderson got vision and mobility as he has the ability to break up play and set up his teammate in transition and Ramsey must be up to the challenge tactically to avert being halted most times in the game when trying to influence proceedings for Arsenal from the middle.
JOEL MATIP VS ALEXANDRE LACAZETTE
The new signing has one goal to his name in the Premier League which he registered against Leicester City on Match day 1.
The Liverpool match is the game everyone will be expecting the French forward to rise up to the occasion and prove a point to the Arsenal board and some club faithful about his ability to steer Arsenal in big games.
He will be up against Cameroon midfielder cum defender Joel Matip whom his combination at the back with Dejan Lovren has not been the best for Liverpool.
However, Lacazette must get the better of the African star as Matip will be tactically prepared for the Arsenal duel as Orchestrated by Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp if the French forward will attempt to repeat the feat achieved by former Arsenal marksman like Thierry Henry and Robin Van Persie at (Anfield) Liverpool in the Premier League.