Liverpool vs Arsenal: Preview

Liverpool host Arsenal in what is expected to be the big game of this weekend.  Liverpool has already won the off-field battle with Arsenal to secure the signature of Nuri Sahin on a season long deal from Real Madrid. Both the clubs have not managed to pick up a victory this season.

Liverpool manager Brendon Rodgers could have sealed a victory in the last week's fixture against the champions Manchester City before Martin Škrtel's blunder in second half gave a life line for City to avoid their first league defeat.

Sahin is expected to make his Liverpool debut against Arsenal after Lucas Leiva was ruled out for three months after picking up an injury during 2-2 draw with Manchester City. Danish defender Daniel Agger is set to make his return from suspension which could give strength to Liverpool's defense.

Arsenal are yet to score in this new campaign. This could be due to lack of understanding between the new forwards Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud.

Vito Mannone could continue to start for Arsenal in goal with Wojciech Szczesny and Lukas Fabianski both still struggling for match fitness.  Carl Jenkinson could also start at righ-back for Wenger as his first choice right-back Bacary Sagna is out due leg injury.

This fixture has been one of the most exciting fixtures in the last few years; there have been seven goals in the 90th minute or later in the last seven league games between these sides, including five in the last four. Arsenal has managed to lose only one of their last ten encounters against Liverpool. 

Rodgers and Wenger would be looking for nothing less than a victory. However, like everyone knows there can be only one winner. Wenger needs to worry from where the goals will come for Arsenal while Rodgers need to make sure that it won't be against his team. 

Probable Lineups:

Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Enrique, Sahin, Gerrard, Allen, Downing, Suarez, Sterling

Arsenal: Mannone, Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Cazorla, Arteta, Diaby,Gervinho, Giroud, Podolski

 

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