Liverpool's Lucas Leiva believes keeping possession is the key to defeating Arsenal

The Brazilian believes the Gunners will be challenging for title this season but takes confidence from playing at the Emirates in international matches
Lucas Leiva believes the best way for Liverpool to defeat Arsenal on Saturday is to stop them from dominating possession.

The two giants, who have been conspicuous by their absence from the Premier League winners' column in recent years, face off in the clash of the season so far this weekend.

Both notched rather disappointing opening day draws, with the Gunners adding a Champions League qualifying win against Udinese on Tuesday.

For Lucas, finding a way to disrupt the Gunners' style of play is the best way to defeat them.

"They like to pass the ball, they have a lot of possession," he told the club’s official website.

"They have been fighting for titles for a few years but they couldn't win. For sure this season they are going to be strong and it will be a tough game.

"It's always difficult to stop these kind of players. Barcelona is also a team that likes to pass and at the moment no-one can stop them.

"We just have to make sure you have a good shape and play with a lot of determination. You try to have the ball. If you have the ball they won't be able to pass between you."

Lucas was part of the Liverpool team who drew 1-1 at the Emirates in a remarkable match last year, where the Reds equalied deep into injury time after Robin van Persie's 90th minute opener.

The 24-year-old has also played at the ground on a number of occasions for Brazil in friendly matches and he hopes to use that familiarity to his benefit in what will most likely be a charged atmosphere.

"I've played many times at the Emirates with Brazil and Liverpool,” he added.

“It's a fantastic stadium and the atmosphere is very good. We had a difficult game there last season. In two minutes we conceded and scored.

"It's a nice place to come back to and of course I'll try to feel at home."