Arsenal host Liverpool at the Emirates on Monday night. Liverpool have won their first two games against Stoke City and Bournemouth, while Arsenal have three points from the first two games after an away win against Crystal Palace.
Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson is expected to sit out of the game with a knee injury, while Jon Flanagan and Daniel Sturridge are long term absentees. Reports suggest Adam Lallana might be out for 3-4 weeks with a thigh injury, but there is no official confirmation yet. Lucas Leiva is expected to start in place of Jordan Henderson which might be his last appearance for Liverpool. The Brazilian is expected to finalize a loan move to Besiktas after tonight’s game. Emre Can might also start ahead of Jordan Ibe as Brendan Rodgers might look for extra cover in the central midfield. Brazilian star Roberto Firmino is expected to make his first start for the Reds, and will replace Adam Lallana in the starting XI. Nathaniel Clyne and Joe Gomez are expected to start as fullbacks, while Martin Skrtel and Dejan Lovren will retain their place in the starting XI after keeping two clean sheets in the first two games.
Meanwhile, no changes are expected in the Arsenal starting XI. Alexis Sanchez is expected to start again after returning to fitness, while Mesut Ozil will also retain his place after a solid performance against Crystal Palace. Giroud is expected to start up front, which mean Theo Walcott will be on the bench again. Coquelin and Cazorla are expected to start in the middle of the park. The back four of Monreal, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Bellerin are expected to start once again.
Arsenal XI: Cech; Monreal, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Bellerin; Coquelin, Cazorla; Sanchez, Ozil, Ramsey, Giroud
Liverpool XI: Mignolet; Clyne, Skrtel, Lovren, Gomez; Lucas, Can, Milner; Coutinho, Benteke, Firmino
- Arsenal have lost just one of their last seven Premier League games against Liverpool (W4 D2 L1).
- Only Manchester United (21) have secured more Premier League wins against Arsenal than Liverpool (16).
- Olivier Giroud’s next Premier League appearance will be his 100th. He’s scored 42 goals in 99 PL apps for Arsenal – only Thierry Henry (59), Ian Wright (56) and Emmanuel Adebayor (44) scored more in their first 100 PL apps for the club.
- Liverpool have only allowed their opponents three shots on target in their two Premier League games in 2015-16 so far; fewer than any other side.
- Martin Skrtel has scored three goals in his last two Premier League games against Arsenal – only against Man City has he scored as many PL goals (3).
- Liverpool v Arsenal has seen more hat-tricks than any other fixture in Premier League history (5).
- Michael Oliver will take charge of this match after refereeing two of the last three meetings between the clubs. He’s officiated 11 Premier League games involving Arsenal, with the Gunners winning just two and losing five.
- Liverpool took one point from their four away games against the top four clubs in the 2014-15 Premier League (Arsenal, Chelsea, Man City, Man Utd).
- After the opening two MD’s, Arsenal have attempted the most crosses (49, excl. corners) and Liverpool have made the fewest (14, excl. corners).
- Liverpool have won each of their last four Premier League games on a Monday, keeping a clean sheet in the last three.
Arsenal – 3/4
Draw – 31/10
Liverpool – 21/5
Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool have found it hard to find results away from home against the top 4 sides and I don’t see that changing.
Arsenal 3-1 Liverpool