Arsenal - Liverpool Preview: Gunners without a number of key players for their first Premier League home game of the season
With Arsene Wenger’s side facing a number of injury worries and suspensions, the likes of Carl Jenkinson, Emmanuel Frimpong and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain may be called upon.
By Alex Fisher
Sagna, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Jenkinson
Walcott, Arshavin, Oxlade-Chamberlain
Flanagan, Carragher, Agger, Enrique
Henderson, Spearing, Adam, Downing
It may only be the second weekend of the Premier League season, but Arsenal is already suffering something of a player crisis. Johan Djourou and Kieran Gibbs both picked up injuries in the midweek win over Udinese and join Jack Wilshere on the treatment table. The injuries, coupled with the suspension of Gervinho and Alex Song, could see three players start their first games for Arsene Wenger’s side. Young defender Carl Jenkinson is expected to make his full debut at fullback, Emmanuel Frimpong is in line to start for the first time in midfield and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will also be in contention.
Liverpool only has three players unavailable for selection due to injury so Kenny Dalglish could name an unchanged side after its opening day draw against Sunderland. Glen Johnson, Steven Gerrard and Martin Skrtel are the players who will miss out, but the impact new signings Jose Enrique, Charlie Adam and Stewart Downing all made on their debuts will give Reds fans confidence.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Both sides began their Premier League campaigns with draws on the opening day against Newcastle and Sunderland. Arsenal was unable to find the net at St James' Park but saw new signing Gervinho sent off and Alex Song hit with a suspension. Liverpool was made to rue a missed Luis Suarez penalty as Sebastian Larsson earned Sunderland a point at Anfield.
- It will be the 211th time the two sides have met in their history, with the visitors edging it with 81 victories to Arsenal's 74.
- Arsenal’s record at home in this clash will give it confidence leading up to kick off. The Gunners have won 44 percent of the league fixtures in north London, scoring 129 goals in 87 games and only conceding 78.
- Last season both fixtures between these two sides ended 1-1, with three of the four goals coming in the 90th minute of games.
- If Carl Jenkinson makes his league debut for Arsenal, it will cap a fantastic year for the 18-year-old. This time last year he was not involved in the Charlton squad and was about to join Eastbourne on loan.
- Arsenal won 11 of its 19 home league games last season, scoring just under two goals per match.
- Arsene Wenger has spent 22 million pounds this summer, but has seen 47.5 million pounds worth of talent leave the club - and that could increase if Samir Nasri joins Manchester City.
- Liverpool has never won at the Emirates Stadium, and has not won at Arsenal since 2000 when a Titi Camara goal gave it a 1-0 victory.
- Liverpool only won five games away from home last season, and the club averaged just over a goal a game away from Anfield.
- Kenny Dalglish and Liverpool have been some of the big spenders during the summer. The Scot has spent over 49 million euros to bring in Enrique, Adam, Downing and Henderson.
Top 3 Predictions
Arsenal 0-9 Liverpool
- 22.05 %
Arsenal 0-2 Liverpool
- 13.81 %
Arsenal 1-2 Liverpool
- 12.9 %
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