Everyone is looking forward to an exciting Premier League game on Sunday afternoon at the Emirates Stadium, where Arsenal, currently in third place, will face the top team, Liverpool. This will be their third encounter in just two months.
Both teams showed their strength earlier this week, with Arsenal winning 2-1 against Nottingham Forest and Liverpool defeating Chelsea 4-1, showingcasing their powerful form.
Arsenal briefly struggled with their attack in their recent match against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground, a venue where they’ve lost their last three games.
Despite over an hour of frustration against Forest’s solid defense, mistakes by former Arsenal goalkeeper Matt Turner and Gonzalo Montiel led to goals by Gabriel Jesus and Bukayo Saka.
Taiwo Awoniyi’s late goal made the final moments tense, but Arsenal managed to secure their second consecutive Premier League victory after their winter break.
This win momentarily moved Arsenal up in the rankings, but they were soon overtaken by Manchester City. However, they are still in a strong position, close behind last year’s second-place finishers.
Arsenal aims to avenge their previous FA Cup loss to Liverpool this weekend, while Liverpool has been scoring freely since announcing Jurgen Klopp’s departure. Their recent performances include a 5-0 win against Norwich City and a dominant victory over Chelsea.
Liverpool’s Conor Bradley impressed by scoring and assisting in their last game, marking a standout performance. Despite Chelsea’s chances, Liverpool was clearly the superior team.
Liverpool, unbeaten in their last 11 matches across all competitions, could extend their lead over Arsenal with a win, further challenging Arsenal’s title hopes.
Arsenal and Liverpool have had a competitive history, with Arsenal seeking to maintain their recent unbeaten streak against Liverpool in their upcoming 200th league meeting.
Thomas Partey is out for Arsenal after a new injury setback, with several other players still recovering. Mohamed Elneny returns after Egypt’s exit from the Africa Cup of Nations. Arsenal’s lineup might see some changes, especially in midfield.
Liverpool faces a selection dilemma at right-back but is hopeful about Alexis Mac Allister’s fitness. Darwin Nunez is doubtful for the game, potentially leading to changes in Liverpool’s starting lineup.
The match will also feature decisions on player positions and lineup strategies.
Possible Starting Lineups
White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko;
Odegaard, Rice, Havertz;
Saka, Jesus, Martinelli
Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson;
Jones, Mac Allister, Szoboszlai;
Jota, Gakpo, Diaz
Prediction: Arsenal 1-2 Liverpool
Arsenal might still be wondering about their recent FA Cup loss to Liverpool, who managed to turn the tables despite Arsenal’s pressure.
With Liverpool scoring consistently in their Premier League encounters with Arsenal, the Gunners’ title dreams could face another setback, especially with Liverpool finding extra motivation from Klopp’s upcoming departure.