Arsenal and Liverpool face off in an enticing FA Cup Third Round clash at the Emirates Stadium as they both aim to progress in the competition.
Arsenal heads into this encounter following a defeat against Fulham, while Liverpool secured a convincing victory against Newcastle United in their last league outing.
Arsenal’s recent form has been inconsistent, including a recent defeats to Fulham and West Ham United.
The Gunners’ attacking display has been lackluster, and Mikel Arteta’s side has struggled to maintain their form during the festive period.
They aim to bounce back in the FA Cup after their last triumph in the competition in 2020 and are eager to rectify their recent shortcomings.
Liverpool, on the other hand, secured a convincing 4-2 win over Newcastle United, maintaining their lead at the top of the Premier League.
However, they face the challenge of competing without Mohamed Salah due to his involvement in the Africa Cup of Nations.
The Reds aim to overcome the absence of key players and progress in the FA Cup after their early exit in the previous season’s competition.
Arsenal will miss the services of Takehiro Tomiyasu, who is away on Asian Cup duty with Japan, and Mohamed Elneny, who is participating in the Africa Cup of Nations.
Thomas Partey remains unavailable due to ongoing recovery from thigh surgery. Oleksandr Zinchenko’s availability is uncertain due to a calf problem, posing potential defensive challenges for Arteta’s side.
Liverpool faces the absence of Mohamed Salah and Wataru Endo, who are also participating in international competitions.
Additionally, the Reds will miss several key players due to injuries, including Ben Doak, Kostas Tsimikas, Thiago Alcantara, Stefan Bajcetic, Andrew Robertson, and Joel Matip.
Dominik Szoboszlai’s recent hamstring injury further adds to their injury concerns.
White, Saliba, Gabriel, Kiwior;
Odegaard, Rice, Havertz;
Saka, Jesus, Martinelli
Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Gomez;
Jones, Mac Allister, Gravenberch;
Jota, Gakpo, Diaz
Prediction: Arsenal 1-1 Liverpool
Arsenal aims to rectify their recent shortcomings in attack, while Liverpool must cope without Salah’s attacking prowess. Both teams face key absences, potentially leading to a balanced encounter.
The absence of key players could result in a closely contested match, possibly ending in a draw, leading to a replay.