Liverpool have won three of their previous meetings against Arsenal and will be keen on successive league doubles on Friday night when Klopp’s men will lock horn with Wenger’s Gunners.
Liverpool secured a thumping 4-0 win over Bournemouth on Sunday afternoon but the Gunners, on the other hand, have regained the momentum in recent weeks and will be determined to script a revenge in order to reclaim a ‘top four’ finish that was snatched by the Reds last season. Arsenal’s Tuesday night victory over West Ham United in the League Cup quarter-final tie will boost their confidence up ahead of the crunch outing and we are thus expecting a nail-biting contest between these two Premier League heavyweights.
Arsenal vs Liverpool Injuries And Suspensions
Arsenal have not been troubled much by injuries like previous terms but will miss a few on Friday night against Liverpool. Aaron Ramsey is out for a few weeks following a hamstring strain, so is Olivier Giroud who suffered a similar injury against West Ham United this midweek. Santi Cazorla remains a long-term absentee but Francis Coquelin is set to be fit for the Liverpool clash despite having a cramp against the Hammers. Shkodran Mustafi is fit again following his thigh strain and set to return to the Gunners lineup on Friday night.
Liverpool will be without Nathaniel Clyne who remains a long-term absentee following his back surgery. Alberto Moreno is still a few weeks away following his ankle injury. Joel Matip is back in training but unlikely to feature against the Gunners but Daniel Sturridge is in contention to make it to the matchday squad after being ruled out for past couple weeks with a tight hamstring.
Arsenal vs Liverpool Probable Lineups:
Subs: Davide Ospina, Danny Welbeck, Mohamed Elneny, Theo Walcott, Rob Holding, Francis Coquelin, Sead Kolasinac.
Subs: Loris Karius, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Emre Can, Georginio Wijnaldum, James Milner, Dominic Solanke, Daniel Sturridge.
Arsenal vs Liverpool Last Meeting:
Their last meeting at Emirates was the opening weekend encounter of the previous campaign that the Reds won by 4-3. Walcott earned the hosts a first-half lead which was canceled out in the added minutes of that very half when Philippe Coutinho equalized from a spectacular free-kick. It was Adam Lallana, Sadio Mane, and Philippe Coutinho again who netted in quick successions early in the second half to stretch the lead to 4-1. Arsenal didn’t give up and pulled two back via current Liverpool star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Calum Chambers. Yet they failed to find a late equalizer and had to deal with a 3-4 home defeat.
Arsenal vs Liverpool Key Players:
Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil is in scintillating form in recent weeks. Alexis Sanchez has always been deadly for any defence whereas Frenchman Alexandre Lacazette is proving his worth by scoring goals. They will test the Reds defensive resilience.
Liverpool will once again rely on their ‘Fab Four’ of Mo Salah, Sadio Mane, Coutinho and Roberto Firmino to bag goals. But all eyes will be on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who will have an emotional return to his former club for the first time since concluding a summer move.
Arsenal vs Liverpool Head-To-Head Stats:
Arsenal Win: 78
Liverpool Win: 86
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Arsenal vs Liverpool Live Streaming:
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