Arsenal welcome Liverpool to the Emirates on Wednesday, with both teams struggling for consistency in the Premier League this season. The hosts are in 6th place with 37 points while visitors Liverpool are in 7th place with 34 points.
Arsenal, in sixth place, survived a scare of their own in the FA Cup before prevailing 3-2 against Championship outfit Brighton and Hove Albion at the weekend. A largely disappointing season has left Arsene Wenger's side in sixth position in the table, four points behind Tottenham Hotspur, who currently sit in fourth. Liverpool have recovered from early troubles, meanwhile, and would move level on points with Arsenal should they pick up the win.
The reverse fixture earlier in the season ended in a 2-0 win for the Gunners, but Liverpool were victorious the last time they travelled to Arsenal in the league, a 2-0 success in August 2011.
Arsenal could have Mikel Arteta available after injury, but it is unlikely that the Spaniard will return before the weekend, therefore allowing Aaron Ramsey to continue in a three-man midfield alongside Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla.
Thomas Vermaelen is expected to return to the Arsenal defense after missing against Brighton with an ankle injury, while midfielder Mikel Arteta could also feature. Arteta has missed five matches with a calf complaint, but could be overlooked due to a lack of match fitness in favor of Abou Diaby or Aaron Ramsey.
Brendan Rodgers' side suffered a major embarrassment on Sunday, going down 3-2 to League One strugglers Oldham Athletic in the fourth round of the FA Cup. Rodgers aptly slammed the attitude of his men, who face an uphill battle to break in to the top four this season.
"I don't think that as a team we are physically light or short in any way," he said. "I think it's mental and that's something we need to improve. We've been in many games where physical questions have been asked of us and we've come through that."
Liverpool have a fitness worry over Jose Reina, but the Spaniard is expected to return in place of Brad Jones. The match has come too soon for Jose Enrique, however, with the left-back still struggling with a muscular injury.
Liverpool are seventh on the table, seven points behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur and 22 points behind leaders Manchester United.
Arsenal: Szczesny (GK); Sagna, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs; Wilshere, Ramsey, Cazorla; Walcott, Giroud, Podolski
Liverpool: Reina (GK); Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Wisdom; Downing, Henderson, Allen, Gerrard; Sturridge, Suarez
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Location: Emirates Stadium (London) Arsenal's home stadium
Arsenal 2-2 Liverpool
These are both great teams matched up against each other. I believe their skills are even.
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