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Gunners have their work cut out at Anfield

Posted on December 29, 2018 by David Nugent

Arsenal head to face in-form league leaders Arsenal later today. The game will be a massive test of the Gunners newfound resolve under Spanish boss Unai Emery. Liverpool are unbeaten this season in the Premier League and the Merseysiders are now six points clear at the top of the table. Jurgen Klopp’s side are truly formidable opponents at the moment.

A potential defensive crisis

Despite an improvement in form since Emery’s arrival, the Gunners defence has still looked vulnerable this season. At times, they have been lucky and probably should have conceded more goals.

That defensive vulnerability is with a full set of defenders available. Now Arsenal look to be down to the bare bones defensively. Rob Holding and Hector Bellerin are both out due to injury, while Nacho Monreal, Shkodran Mustafi and Laurent Koscielny are also doubts.

The Gunners will need all the defensive players they can muster to stop one of the most potent attacks in the European game.

A poor recent record against Liverpool

Arsenal have a poor recent record against Liverpool, having failed to beat the men from Merseysiders in the last seven competitive meetings. The Gunners last win over the Reds was back in 2015.

In fact, the team from north London have won just two of their last 11 meetings with Liverpool. The Gunners last win at Anfield was in 2013, so it is fair to say that Liverpool are far from Arsenal’s favourite top-flight opponents.

However, it would also be fair to say that Anfield is not exactly a kind ground to visit for any opponent in the Premier League. The fact, that Jurgen Klopp’s side are undefeated in 30 top-flight matches shows the Reds strength on home soil.

Liverpool simply relentless

It would be a major achievement for Arsenal to go to Anfield and pull off a victory. Liverpool have looked impressive in both defence and attack this season in the top-flight.

Klopp has managed to find a way to couple his side’s electric attacking play of the last few seasons with a far more solid defensive set-up, with Dutch centre-back Virgil van Dijk at the heart of that defensive improvement.

Arsenal have good attacking players in the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, so should test a Liverpool backline that has kept 12 clean sheets in their last 14 home Premier League games.

Liverpool are looking relentless, but hopefully, Arsenal can be the ones to stop what at the minute looks like the juggernaut that is Jurgen Klopp’s team.

Can Arsenal get a positive result at Anfield?

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