The Emirates Stadium takes centre stage in Gameweek 19 as Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool take on Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal.
It’s regularly one of the most entertaining games of the Premier League season. To sum it up simple, neither Arsenal or Liverpool can defend but both can most definitely attack. The last four games between these two sides have conjured up an incredible 21 goals including the 4-3 thriller on the opening day last season and the emphatic 4-0 Liverpool win earlier this campaign.
The pressure has once again begun to mount on Arsene Wenger in recent weeks after just 1 win and 3 goals from their last 4 games. The Gunners have struggled for creativity with want-away Sanchez not turning up and Alexandre Lacazette still not trusted by Wenger to complete a full 90 minutes. Wenger’s use of the French Striker has been one of the mysteries of the season. When he’s played he’s been dynamic, creative and clinical and despite Wenger’s tight controlling of his minutes, Lacazette remains the club’s leading goalscorer. Giroud’s injury means Lacazette may finally get the run of games that enables him to show his best.
Klopp has also faced his fair share of criticism this season. Liverpool have failed to mount a serious title challenge since his arrival and Klopp’s rotation of key players has raised concerns in some sections of Anfield.
Liverpool struggle against defences that sit in and defend looking to counter attack but fortunately for them, Arsenè Wenger doesn’t play that way and his squad are largely incapable of doing so. On more than one occassion in recent years Liverpool have buried Arsenal in the opening 20 minutes of game’s and yet Wenger’s side still seem to be shocked by the high press and pace of Klopp’s team when they meet.
Mohammed Salah has been in sensational form and alongside Coutinho, Mane and Firmino will cause the Arsenal back line an array of problems. All 4 have scored in recent games and have been largely responsible for Liverpool’s 13 goals in their last 5 games. Their back line is less thank convincing and it may once again fall on these 4 to drag their team through the game.
Arsenal on the other would be wise to adopt a more pragmatic approach to this game, despite being at home. Wilshere and Xhaka could struggle to keep pace in the Arsenal midfield and the game gets stretched. Arsenal have the quality on the break to trouble a Liverpool defence with plenty of deficiencies of their own.
Arsenal have failed to record a victory over Liverpool in the League in their last 5 attempts but anything less than a victory on Friday night will leave them 5 points off the top 4 and raise serious questions over the future of Arsene Wenger.