Arsenal v Liverpool : English Premier League Match, Team News, Goal Scorers and Stats

Date: 03-04-2021 9:49 am (2 weeks ago) | Author: Olusanya Akinrinola
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Date :Saturday 3rd April,2021
Time: 8:00 pm
Stadium : Emirates Stadium
Referee   Martin Atkinson (England)
Goal Scorer:

Team News:

Two of Arsenal's brightest youngsters in Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe are struggling with hamstring and thigh injuries respectively - with the former having to pull out of England duty - and the attacking duo remain doubts ahead of the visit of Liverpool.

Saka's possible absence would give Nicolas Pepe the chance to flourish on the right wing, although Willian is available again, and the Ivorian will likely be joined by Odegaard, Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, with the latter rediscovering his goalscoring touch for Gabon during the international break.

Granit Xhaka has been dealing with a bout of sickness and is also doubtful, while Gabriel Magalhaes and Rob Holding should form the centre-back pairing with David Luiz injured, but Arteta has a huge call to make on the right-hand side of defence.

Hector Bellerin was dropped from the squad to face West Ham and Chambers grasped his opportunity with both hands, but given the speed and directness of Liverpool's wide men, the agile Bellerin may be preferred by Arteta this weekend.
Arsenal possible starting lineup:
Leno; Bellerin, Holding, Gabriel, Tierney; Partey, Elneny; Pepe, Odegaard, Aubameyang; Lacazette
Arsenal Premier League form: WLWDWD
Arsenal form (all competitions): WDWWLD

Liverpool would love to welcome Roberto Firmino back to the fold this weekend given his extraordinary strike rate against Arsenal, and the Brazilian forward has indeed returned to training following a knee injury and could be available this weekend.

It would be harsh to drop Jota, but Firmino enjoys playing Arsenal more than any other team in the top flight and will hope to be given the nod alongside the effervescent Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, the latter of whom has scored four of his seven Premier League goals this season in London.

Fabinho is able to marshal the midfield with Nat Phillips and Ozan Kabak forming a protective barrier in front of Alisson, while Trent Alexander-Arnold put in a decent shift against Wolves, but it was not enough to see him earn a place in the England squad.

Joe Gomez, Virgil van Dijk, Jordan Henderson and Joel Matip complete a quartet of long-term absentees for Liverpool, and Divock Origi is also out with a muscular problem, but the cult hero is expected to depart Anfield this summer anyway.
Liverpool possible starting lineup:
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Phillips, Kabak, Robertson; Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Thiago; Salah, Firmino, Mane
Liverpool Premier League form: LLWLLW
Liverpool form (all competitions): LWLLWW

Head To Head
Saturday's battle will mark the 233rd meeting between Arsenal and Liverpool in all competitions, with the capital outfit boasting 81 wins compared to Liverpool's 90 since 1893.

A total of 166 goals have been scored in fixtures between the two sides in the Premier League - the most out of any top-flight fixture since 1992 - and the 94 goals that Arsenal have conceded to Liverpool is their most against any team in the competition.

The champions have only claimed two wins from their last 20 Premier League away games on Arsenal turf, but Roberto Firmino has struck eight goals in 12 matches against the Gunners - his best tally against a single opponent in his career so far.

Prediction: Arsenal 1-1 Liverpool

Posted: at 3-04-2021 09:49 AM (2 weeks ago) | Hero