Arsenal will put their top four credentials to the test when they welcome Liverpool to the Emirates Stadium on Saturday evening.
Arsenal have been on a good run of form that has taken the Gunners to fourth spot in the Premier League table. A 2-2 draw at Crystal Palace last time in the league ended a seven-game winning run in the top-flight.
However, Unai Emery’s side are still unbeaten 13 games in all competitions, having recorded 12 wins in the process. The Gunners have also been prolific in the top-flight of late, scoring at least two goals in all but one of their Premier League games this season.
The home side has been difficult to beat on home soil, as they have lost just three of their last 31 league games at the Emirates Stadium. Emery’s team has also won their last four league games on home soil, scoring at least two goals in their last four outings.
Arsenal have a pretty strong record at home against the visitors, as they have suffered just two defeats in 22 games against the Reds in all competitions.
Liverpool have made a highly promising start to their league campaign. The visitors currently sit second in the league table, only behind leaders Manchester City by virtue of an inferior goal difference.
Jurgen Klopp’s team are unbeaten in their opening ten top-flight games this season, racking up eight wins and two draws.
Although the Merseysiders have become synonymous with goals under Klopp, three of their last four league games have produced under 2.5 goals. A 4-1 home win over Cardiff last time out was the exception in that run of low scoring games.
The visitors have been in decent away form of late in the league, winning four of their last five games on their travels. They have also failed to score in just one of their last seven away games in the top-flight.
Arsenal have a number of injury problems heading into this clash. Centre-back Konstantinos Mavropanos and midfielder Mohamed Elneny are both ruled out through injury. Defenders Laurent Koscielny, Sead Kolasinac, Hector Bellerin and Nacho Monreal are fitness doubts. Swiss international Granit Xhaka may have to continue to fill in at left-back if Monreal and Kolasinac both miss out.
Liverpool are still without former Gunners midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain due to injury, while Jordan Henderson and Naby Keita are doubts but expected to recover in time to feature for the Merseysiders.
Arsenal are underdogs to win this clash at odds of 11/4, while Liverpool are evens for the win and the draw is odds of 14/5.
This game is certainly a test of the Gunners recent positivity. Hopefully, Emery’s side comes out of the clash with reason to be positive.
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