Arsenal vs Liverpool Preview

Yes, I know I must have said that several times this season, but at the moment, with us 8 points behind Liverpool and Villa doing so well (they're third now), it's a must must must win game.

Arsenal v Liverpool
Barclays Premier League, Emirates Stadium
Sunday, December 21, 2008, 16:00

The good news is that Nasri is back and will start tomorrow against Liverpool. It’s a game that we simply must win. A win would see us cut the game from Liverpool to 5 points, and regardless of what the other teams do, it’s a deficit we need to reduce if we are to have any chance of winning the league (or finishing in the top four). Villa’s awesome form means when / if we win tomorrow, we will still be a point behind Villa. Although we may overtake United, they’ll have two games in hand on us.

Let’s take a look at a potential line up:

Almunia
Goalkeeper
 
Sagna
Right Back
Gallas
Centre Back
Djourou
Centre Back
Clichy
Left Back
 
Denilson
Right Wing
Song
Midfielder
Cesc
Midfielder
Nasri
Left Wing
 
  Adebayor
Striker
 Van Persie
Support Striker
With such a big game tomorrow, I’m sure Arsene will play all three of Denilson, Song and Cesc to combat the trio of Mascherano, Alonso and Gerrard.
Arsene has been speaking ahead of the Liverpool game and re-iterated how important it is for us to get the three points:
“I am confident that we can beat anybody,” said Wenger. “If we played Barcelona tomorrow I’m confident we can beat them. I believe that we were vulnerable at some stage to a different kind of game and we have rectified that. In the time coming up we can show that we can deal with that.

“[Our record against so-called lesser sides] firstly is a concentration problem and secondly because we face a different style of play; much longer and much more direct. It looks to me the main reasons. I believe we are more vulnerable to that type of play. But we know that, for us, the first step now is to get back into the race and to do that the important thing is for us to beat Liverpool.

“This game is an opportunity for us to catch them and we want to take it. With our position in the League, we know it is compulsory for us to beat the three other teams – Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool

I simply can’t wait.

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  • Fabrez!

    I really can’t w8 either dev…should be an epic game! Losing wud b devastating but a win would lift us so much. We haven’t lost a Prem game under Cesc’s captaincy so let’s get 1 over Liverpool!

  • RF

    Just can’t wait ! I hope Cesc’s Luck goes on .

  • http://www.wedontknowfootball.wordpress.com williamhill

    arsenal will be really up for this, even though the emirates is not as formidable as it used to be im sure arsenal will take home the three points

  • Debs

    spot on with your line up, Dev, spot-on! Finally! lol