Liverpool vs Arsenal… The Big Match Preview!

We’ve had an interesting few weeks and quite a lot of losses in all competitions. In the Carling Cup, our youngish team succumbed to Man City – in the Champions League, our even younger team lost against Olympiakos, and in the league, we’ve lost against Sunderland and Chelsea very recently with a sultry win against Stoke and Liege (both at home) in between. So our form reads LWLLWL and that’s not very good form at all. Now, I am not writing this to depress you, but to remind you that a league win against Liverpool this Sunday is essential. We can simply not lose this game. We can simply not draw this game either.

Last season, the game finished 4-4. We had four shots on goal, all by Arshavin and the rest of the game was all Liverpool. We probably didn’t deserve the point, but then again neither did Liverpool when they came to the Emirates. That game is finished, and this is a new season. Liverpool have rested Gerrard and Torres for this game and both will start and that makes them a difficult proposition. For us, we’re without the usual suspects of Rosicky, Van Persie, Bendtner and Eduardo and also missing are Eboue, Gibbs and Clichy, so let’s take a look at a possible team line up:

Almunia

Sagna – Gallas – Vermaelen – Traore

Denilson – Song

Walcott – Cesc – Nasri

Arshavin

So, this line up seems Arshavin up front by himself with Nasri on the left and Walcott on the right and I see that as a very penetrative formation – albeit without a proper striker. News from the boss is that Diaby will also be in the squad and I’d expect Vela to be named on the bench – a player who is punching well below his weight – there is much more to come from him.

Arsene had this to say:

“The good news from the game in Greece is that Theo has come through 90 minutes. We have no new injuries from Wednesday night. The bad news is that Eboue and Rosicky were injured from the Stoke game and will not be available for Sunday. All those with long-term injuries are still out. The only one who could be back in the squad is Diaby. I will know on Saturday. At the same time we had Van Persie, Bendtner, Eduardo, Diaby and Walcott out. They are all offensive players but it looks a bit better now.”

Whether or not Arsene will throw Diaby back into the mix or give Vela a run out from the start may change the line up, but no matter who Arsene selects, we really need to turn up tomorrow and get a big game win under our belt.

I’ll be back tomorrow, until then!

  • Kodjo

    @ Dev

    Looks like the best possible line up…only ques has to do with Walcott. I do not know if he deserves a starting place at the moment given his form and final pass. Then again with the spate of injuries Wenger might just throw him in to give the L’pool full back second thoughts about atacking from that side of the field.

    Ramsey appears to be a good option but that will mean diminished speed on the counter attack from that side of the midfield but more defensive cover for Sagna.

    If the going gets tough i expect Diaby to play alongside Asharvin upfront just to add some physical presence to our attacks. Diaby could be the perfect foil for Arshavin.

    The first 15 mins will be crucial as i expect L’pool to attack us right from min 1. Our midfielders need to get stuck in and tight as Mascherano will be up to his tricks of rattling Cesc and Co…with niggling fouls.

  • Berth

    Arsenals best chance is a draw.

  • yemi

    we need a win and we can get it

  • Gooner Get Ya

    We have not won at Anfield in the league since 2003. That will hopefully change on Sunday.

  • Berth

    dreams

  • Sam

    The dream is alive. All rival teams have dropped points today!

    Chelski 3-3 Everton (problems continue)
    Bolton 3-3 ManC (draws continue)
    Sp*rs 0-1 Wolves (tough Sh*t!)
    ManU 0-1 Villa (till 39th minute, hope I don’t jinx it)

    If we beat L’pool, and our gamei hand, we’ll be 3 points away from the top.

  • Sam

    O’ What a night!

    ManU lost too! This is a great opportunity to catch up.

    Go Gunners, Go!

  • Arseneknows

    AN INVITATION:

    Dear Arsenal,

    you are cordially invited to get yourselves
    right back into the title race! Get yourself into
    second place and actually put the destiny of
    the title back into your own hands.

    Lots of love Man United and Chelsea

  • Debs

    Awesome invite, Arseneknows. I just hope the team get it in time! Lol

  • Berth

    Writing from Paris with Love.I will like to know what the media will say this time.Am actually excited and again where the hell are all World of Arsenal members. Debs, Dev please rally the army for tomorrow ok.

  • jeffvip

    Catch Up time, Arshavin time

  • ny

    a crazy lineup

    ———Almunia

    Sagna – Gallas – Vermaelen – Traore

    ——-Nasri – Denilson————-

    Walcott – Cesc – Arshavin

    ——–Diaby—————-

  • wreckedsoul

    i feel positive about the match, but sometimes it washes away once i watch the actual match. i dont mean to be evil or anything but our boys tend to ruin momentous opportunity such as this one. with injuries keep haunting us, i believe we should focus on our passes, forget about crossing the ball coz it wont work anyway. dont hold the ball too long so that Mascherano and Lucas dont have the chance to build something coz i believe these two will be responsible Marshalling the defence as well as supplying Gerrard and Torres up front. we can defeat them if we can make a breakthrough in midfield area. if Fiorentina can beat them so can we. remember getting a draw will only get us further away from the race and besides i want Alan Smith to eat his own words

  • Pete

    Good luck to the lads today. Could do with another 4 goals from Arshavin again lol

    Almunia

    Sagna Gallas Vermaelen Traore

    Denilson Song

    Theo Cesc Nasri

    Arshavin

  • Shawn

    with man u and chelsea both dropping point . . . we need a win today! hope our depleted squad can shake liverpool up

  • devday

    Come on you Gooners!