Premier League football is back, better still, The Arsenal are back. At least I think that’s a good thing. Arsenal v Liverpool, two clubs which have had a very up and down season so far. Liverpool’s defence of their title has been poor but they’ve suffered injury after injury which has hardly helped. Losing a player of VVD’s quality would be hard for any team, let alone the other players too.
Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe are doubts for this match as is Granit Xhaka who has some kind of illness. David Luiz misses out though with a knee problem. But never fear, Willian is fit again and available for selection.
Liverpool are still without Jordan Henderson, Joe Gomez, Joel Matip and Virgil van Dijk. Roberto Firmino is back though.
Arsenal’s biggest problem tonight is Arsenal. If everyone is focused from the off, I think we’ll win but give Liverpool the kind of opportunities West Ham were afforded, it’ll be a long 95 minutes.
We know Mikel Arteta will have a plan to nullify Liverpool’s strengths and exploit their weaknesses but once the players cross the white line, it’s their job to execute that plan. From then on it’s Mikel Arteta’s job to make changes as and when needed, to bring something different to the performance. Something better even, something more difficult for Liverpool to cope with.
All the talk in the media is about how important this fixture is for Liverpool. They need a win to increase their hopes of a top four finish. A win to give them confidence ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League match against Real Madrid. Well, this fixture is important to Arsenal too in case anyone has forgotten. We need the points and we need a good performance to give us confidence ahead of our Europa Cup match against Slavia Prague.
In our last fixture, the best of Arsenal was on show but only after some of the worst of Arsenal had seen us go 3-0 behind. We simply have to cut out the errors if we’re to improve and we need more from our captain. Much more.
Three points today might not move Arsenal up the table as far as positions go but they’d certainly put us in a better position to pounce should clubs above us drop points. 27 points are still up for grabs and after today, our toughest fixture on paper is Chelsea away.
If Arsenal turn up tonight, my money is on a home win.
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