9 things you need to know ahead of the match tonight
The Gunners are hoping for their first victory at home following their opening-day defeat to West-Ham at the Emirates Stadium. This will be a better test of Liverpool’s recovery this season after the traumas of the last campaign. They arrive at the Emirates with a pristine record to date, but with only one win at Arsenal in 15 years and with the host intent upon making amends for their opening weekend home defeat to West Ham, the match will not be easy for Liverpool.
We have highlighted 9 things you need to know ahead of the tonight’s Match;
1 What time is kick-off?
The game starts at 8pm UK Time
3 Who is the ref?
Michael Oliver has been appointed as referee for the game by the Premier League. He was in charge of Everton’s impressive 3-0 victory at Southampton last weekend, he was also in charge as Chelsea and Swansea battled out a 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge on the opening day of the season.
4 Team news
Arsenal [4-3-2-1]: Arsene Wenger expects to pick from the same group of players that he had available for last weekend’s 2-1 win at Crystal Palace.
Jack Wilshere has returned to training but is still not fit enough to play, but Wenger believes Alexis Sanchez will be back to full fitness having not been at his sharpest for the trip to Selhurst Park.
Liverpool: [4-3-2-1] Brendan Rodgers has a fitness concern over captain Jordan Hendersonwho was forced off against Bournemouth with a foot injury. The Reds will give Henderson as long as they can to prove his fitness, and they have no other concerns ahead of the trip to north London.
5 Recent form
Arsenal – Last 5 games
Crystal Palace 1-2 Arsenal (Premier League, 16 August 2015)
Arsenal 0-2 West Ham United (Premier League, 8 August 2015)
Arsenal 1-0 Chelsea (Community Shield, 2 August 2015)
Arsenal 4-0 Aston Villa (FA Cup, 30 May 2015)
Arsenal 4-1 West Brom (Premier League, 24 May 2015)
Liverpool – Last 5 games
Liverpool 1-0 Bournemouth (Premier League, 17 August 2015)
Stoke 0-1 Liverpool (Premier League, 9 August 2015)
Stoke 6-1 Liverpool (Premier League, 24 May 2015)
Liverpool 1-3 Crystal Palace (Premier League, 16 May 2015)
Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool (Premier League, 10 May 2015)
6 What happened the last time the sides met?
Liverpool fans may want to look away now. Arsenal defeated Liverpool 4-1 at the Emirates Stadium last time the two sides went head to head.
7 Any other memorable meetings from down the years?
The most memorable for Liverpool fans would be the 5-1 thrashing of the Gunners at Anfield in the 2013/14 season. Liverpool found themselves 4-0 in front in the first 20 minutes thank to a Martin Skrtel brace and goals from Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge.
Sterling got his second of the game in the second half and a Mikel Arteta penalty in the second half completed the scoreline. Despite their success at Anfield, Liverpool have failed to win at the Emirates in the last four attempts, losing three out the four.
- Liverpool have failed to win at the Emirates in the last four attempts, losing three out the four.
- Liverpool v Arsenal has seen more hat-tricks than any other fixture in Premier League history (five).
- Liverpool have won each of their last four Premier League games on a Monday, keeping a clean sheet in the last three.
I am banking on Arsenal win. Being desperate to win at home will gives them a big advantage and they will just edge it. It will be a difficult game for Liverpool to get anything out of from what I’ve noticed.
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