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  • April 17, 2011
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Premier League Preview: Arsenal - Liverpool

Premier League Preview: Arsenal - Liverpool

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The hosts have not lost to these opponents in the last seven league meetings, and a victory would ensure they remain in the race to win the title


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PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Arsenal: Szczesny; Eboue, Djourou, Koscielny, Clichy; Song, Wilshere; Nasri, Fabregas, Walcott; Van Persie.

Liverpool: Reina; Flanagan, Carragher, Skrtel, Aurelio; Meireles, Lucas, Spearing; Kuyt, Carroll, Suarez.


DID YOU KNOW?

  • Arsenal are unbeaten against this opposition in the past seven league meetings, but five of those matches have ended in a draw.
  • The games between these two sides have produced more hat-tricks than any other in the history of the Premier League.
  • The Gunners' forward Robin van Persie has managed to hit the back of the net 20 times in his last 21 starts for the club.
  • Barring Manchester United (42), Arsenal have scored more goals (32) at home than any other team in the league.
  • However, the north London outfit have lost the most number of home games among the current top six.
  • Liverpool have lost 10 league games on the road this season, which is more than any other team in the top ten.
  • The Reds have also conceded the most number of goals away from home in the top ten (26), with the exception of West Brom (33).
  • Kenny Dalglish’s men have performed well against top opposition in recent times, as three of their last four victories were against top four opposition – Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City. They did, however, lose to West Bromwich Albion and West Ham United during this period.
  • Each of the last 23 league matches between these two clubs has produced at least one goal; the last time they played out a goalless draw was in September 1999, at Highbury.
  • Andy Carroll recently opened his goalscoring account for Liverpool with a brace against Manchester City, and is currently the fourth highest scorer in the Premier League. But a majority (11) of those goals came during his time at Newcastle United.
  LAST MEETING

August 14, 2010: Liverpool 1-1 Arsenal

A rare error from Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reinasaw the Gunners somehow salvage a point at Anfield, as new signing Joe Cole was sent off for the first time in his career.

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Last Five Matches
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Available Squads
1Wojciech SzczesnyGoalkeeper
27Emmanuel EboueDefender
6Laurent KoscielnyDefender
5Johan DjourouDefender
22Gael ClichyDefender
24A. DiabyMidfielder
10Jack WilshereMidfielder
4Cesc FàbregasMidfielder
8Samir NasriMidfielder
14Theo WalcottStriker
20Robin van PersieStriker
1Jens LehmannGoalkeeper
18Sébastien SquillaciDefender
28Kieran GibbsDefender
25Alex SongMidfielder
10Andrey ArshavinMidfielder
29Marouane ChamakhStriker
17Nicklas BendtnerStriker
25Pepe ReinaGoalkeeper
38Jon FlanaganDefender
23Jamie CarragherDefender
37Martin SkrtelDefender
6Fabio AurelioDefender
20Jay SpearingMidfielder
21Lucas LeivaMidfielder
-Raúl MeirelesMidfielder
-Dirk KuytStriker
9Luis SuárezStriker
9Andy CarrollStriker
42Peter GulacsiGoalkeeper
16Sotirios KyrgiakosDefender
49Jack RobinsonDefender
10Joe ColeMidfielder
11Maxi RodríguezMidfielder
8Jonjo ShelveyMidfielder
54David NgogStriker
Players to Watch
Robin van Persie
Robin van Persie
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 20
Games Goals YC RC
3 0 1 0
Robin van Persie has been in fantastic form since his return from injury, and will likely have to continue putting in stellar performances if his side are to continue entertaining any hope of winning the Premier League.
Andy Carroll
Andy Carroll
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Andy Carroll opened his goalscoring account for the Reds against Manchester City, putting in a fine performance and bagging a brace for his efforts. He will likely have to link up with fellow forward Luis Suarez well and go on a goalscoring run if his side are to achieve their immediate aim of European football next season.
Prediction
Liverpool have been galvanised under the guidance of Kenny Dalglish, whereas the hosts have not been particularly successful against top six opposition this season.

There has also been no lack of goals in this fixture in recent years. And with Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez in good form, an away victory should be on the cards.
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