On Friday night, Arsenal and Liverpool go head-to-head at the Emirates Stadium, in both teams last game before Christmas.
Arsenal will be hoping to leapfrog the visitors in the table, as the Gunners are one point behind the Merseysiders, who occupy fourth spot in the table.
The Gunners recent Premier League form has been erratic, as Arsene Wenger’s side have won just one of their last four league outings. However, that victory was last time out when the north London side defeated Newcastle 1-0 at the Emirates Stadium.
One positive for Arsenal in recent months has been their formidable home record in the top-flight. Only Manchester United have taken anything away from the Emirates Stadium in the last 14 league matches, every other opponent have left north London empty-handed.
Solid foundations have been the key to Arsenal’s recent good home form, as they have conceded just four goals in their last eight home games in the league, keeping six clean sheets in the process.
Despite those positive stats, the Gunners have failed to beat Liverpool in the last five meetings in all competitions. The Merseysiders recorded a 4-3 win at the Emirates Stadium on the opening weekend of last season.
Liverpool arrive in London back in fourth-place after a couple of home draws saw them slip down the table temporarily. However, a 4-0 mauling of Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium saw Jurgen Klopp’s team return to the Champions League spots.
The victory means that the Reds have now won four straight away games in the top-flight, racking up at least three goals in each of those victories.
However, the visitors have conceded 17 goals in their last nine away games in the Premier League, which illustrates that they always give the home side a chance of victory.
Arsenal are without midfield pair Aaron Ramsey and Santi Cazorla, while French striker Olivier Giroud also looks unlikely to feature after picking up a hamstring injury against West Ham. German international defender Shkodran Mustafi is fit again and could return to the starting eleven.
For Liverpool, full-backs Alberto Moreno and Nathaniel Clyne have been ruled out due to injury, while centre-back Joel Matip also looks set to miss out due to injury.
Arsenal are favourites to win this game at 6/4, while Liverpool are 15/8 to record a win and the draw is 13/5.
This game promises to be an exciting and fascinating encounter. It could also prove vital in the fight for fourth spot.
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