Sports Mole previews Sunday’s Premier League clash between Arsenal and Liverpool, including predictions, team news and possible teams.
All eyes will be on the Emirates for what promises to be an exciting Premier League match on Sunday afternoon, as the third. Arsenal to take leaders Liverpool for the third time in two months.
Both outfits improved their record during the week, with the Gunners winning 2-1 in a tight game against Nottingham Forest, while Jurgen KloppThe merciless seeds beat Chelsea 4-1.
A game show
An unnecessary return to their old attacking ways frustrated Arsenal briefly on Tuesday in their clash with Nottingham Forest at the City Ground, a ground where they had lost on their previous three outings. Mikel ArtetaThe men endured an hour of frustration from a compact Reds rearguard.
However, Forest’s defensive performance was undone by a number of mistakes, as the former Gunners striker. Matt Turner allowed a Jesus Gabriel hit to go through his legs at his near post, the World Cup winner Gonzalo Montiel cheaply gave the ball away and had no stopping power Bukayo Saka at the hospital at the end of the counter-attack.
The bulldozing Taiwo Wonyi reached the final, but Arsenal in yellow held on to record their second consecutive Premier League win since the winter break, destroying Crystal Palace 5-0 on their return from the sun in Dubai.
Arsenal’s impressive win put the Gunners in the silver medal position on the table, but they were pushed back into third place by Manchester City – who are ahead on goal difference but boast the game – while Tottenham Hotspur. and Aston Villa are still on the tail of last year’s runners-up too.
Boasting six wins in their last seven top-flight matches at the Emirates Stadium – barring a 2-0 defeat at West Ham United – revenge will be a special dish on the North London menu this week, as Arteta’s men aim to hit the ground running. the blame for a similar FA Cup loss to their Merseyside rivals.
Hitting the road for the first time since Jurgen Klopp’s surprise announcement, Liverpool have begun to bid farewell to their legendary and prolific Anfield manager, putting five past Norwich City in the FA Cup, beating Chelsea on Wednesday night.
Electronic display from Conor Bradley saw the right back bank his first goal for the Reds while also providing assists Dominik Szoboszlai and Diogo Jotabecoming the youngest Liverpool player in five years to score multiple goals in a single Premier League game, when Luis Diaz he also joined the Anfield act.
Christopher ChickenAn exciting finish gave Chelsea a chance, who had the right to feel sorry for themselves after seeing two strong shouts for penalties, but Mauricio PochettinoTheir men were second best in the entire competition and should have gone home with the worst goal difference, Darwin Nunez not hitting the woodwork more than four times.
The Uruguayan’s unremarkable record was irrelevant in the grand scheme of things, and Liverpool – who are unbeaten in 11 games in all competitions – will be eight points ahead of Arsenal if they come to the Emirates, where it is unlikely. The biggest downside to the Gunners’ bid.
Klopp did well in a 2-0 FA Cup win at Arsenal a few weeks ago – a contest in which Arteta’s men were left to squander a rare opportunity – but by leaving Anfield with a 1-1 draw in December, the Gunners made it three Premier League games unbeaten. against the Reds ahead of Sunday’s historic 200th league meeting.
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Before Arsenal’s success at the City Ground, Thomas Partey he returned to full training after three months on the sidelines with a thigh problem, but did not feature in the win over Forest and is expected to be on the bench if Arteta deems him fit this time around. .
Fabio Vieira (words) and Jurrien Timber (ACL) is still in the recovery phase, while Takehiro Tomiyasu continues to shoot for the glory of the Asia Cup with Japan, but Mohamed Elneny he has to return to domestic duties in Egypt after being eliminated from the Africa Cup of Nations.
Striker Jesus’ knee concern is being closely monitored, but there is nothing to suggest the Brazilian won’t be fit to start against Liverpool, with Arteta also in midfield. Emile Smith Rowe, Kai Havertz and Jorginho after giving an unexpected start at the City Ground.
However, Arteta’s midfield problems were nothing compared to Jurgen Klopp’s back problems, with Bradley justifying the German’s decision to start him. Trent Alexander-Arnold during the week, but the last experience with new legs can force the Northern Irishman to accept a place on the Emirates bench.
There is nothing Wataru Endo (international), Mohamed Salah (muscles), Kostas Tsimikas (bones), Stefan Bajcetic (calf), Ben Free (knee), Joel Matip (knee) or Thiago Alcantara (hip) will also make a cut, but Klopp is optimistic about the fitness of Alexis McAllisterwho took a knee at the end of Chelsea’s victory.
However, timber merchant Nunez is a fresh doubt after injuring his foot in the midweek encounter, so the first XI’s recall for Where is Gakpo? it can’t be too surprising.
Also the interesting issue of Bradley vs. Alexander-Arnold, Klopp must also decide whether to promote Andrew Robertson return to the starting XI or keep the faith Joe Gomezbut the engine room which was not affected by the triangle must be sent to North London.
Arsenal expected to start:
Raya; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Odegaard, Rice, Havertz; Saka, Jesus, Martinelli
Liverpool are expected to start:
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson; Jones, Mac Allister, Szoboszlai; Jota, Gakpo, Diaz
We say: Arsenal 1-2 Liverpool
A few Gooners may be reeling from the way their side came out on the wrong end of last month’s FA Cup tie with Liverpool, who took Arsenal’s pressure before landing two lethal blows, beating Forest. it was far from satisfactory for victory.
Facing a team that has scored in their last 16 Premier League games against them, Arsenal’s dream of Premier League glory is bound to be hurt again, as. Virgil van DijkClaims that Klopp’s exit will give Liverpool “an extra boost” are true so far.
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