Arsenal welcome Liverpool to the Emirates stadium today in a match that might go a long way to determine who qualifies for next year’s Champions League competition.
Liverpool are ahead of Arsenal by a single point on the Premier League table. This means that the North London club must defeat the Merseyside club to move to fourth position while Liverpool on the other side, must avoid defeat to remain among the top four teams.
Arsene Wenger’s men were thrashed 4-0 by Liverpool in the first leg of the fixture at Anfield. While speaking to the press before the match, Arsene Wenger charged his players to be at their best during the match. He also advised them to clear the thought of their 4-0 defeat to Liverpool earlier in the season.
The Frenchman further advised his team to up their defensive duties against the Reds because they are a strong team upfront.“I believe that Liverpool are very good going forward so you need overall a good defensive performance,” Wenger admitted.
The North London club will be without Olivier Giroud who suffered an hamstring injury against West Ham on Wednesday. Francis Coquelin is also a doubt. Shkodran Mustafi is back and could be in Wenger’s starting XI after he recovered from a thigh injury.
Liverpool are back to their great form as they defeated Bournemouth 4-0 in their last Premier League match on Sunday. Coutinho seems to be in the form that attracted Barcelona’s attention in last summer transfer market.
The Merseyside club will be without Joel Matip and Daniel Sturridge as they are both out due to injury. Jurgen Klopp will welcome Emre Can back from his one-match suspension.
Jurgen Klopp on his part, while addressing newsmen at the pre-match conference believes that Arsenal are capable of causing havoc to any team. According to him, Liverpool must be wary of Arsenal’s long-range passes. “Against us, it happened quite often that they played a lot of long balls,” he told reporters