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The Pressure Gauge: Quiet time over for Arsenal with Liverpool set to bring the noise

17:00 GMT+4 02/11/2018
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With attentions elsewhere, the Gunners have gone about putting together a formidable Premier League run - now they must prove they're the real deal

Maybe Arsenal just needed a little peace and quiet.

After years of dominating the back pages as the Arsene Wenger era reached what was, at times, a positively toxic conclusion, this season the attention has largely been focused elsewhere.

While everyone was asking whether Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City could do it again, if Chelsea could get to grips with SarriBall, if Tottenham would pay the price for ignoring the transfer window, or if Jose Mourinho would last the season, Arsenal have quietly gone about a rebirth.

After some early teething issues, new manager Unai Emery has done a quite remarkable job in north London, breeding a new atmosphere and initiating a new style that has seen the Gunners romp to seven consecutive Premier League wins prior to last weekend’s draw at Crystal Palace.

Arsenal have scored at least twice in each of their last nine Premier League games and forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored five goals in his last three PL matches.

Ten matches into the season, they sit comfortably in fourth – just four points off joint-leaders Liverpool, who they will face in the standout fixture of the Premier League weekend.

And so, Saturday tea-time will provide Emery’s new hotshots their big test: Are Arsenal the real deal? Can they mix it with the big boys?

This will be their first Big Six clash since opening the season with defeats to Manchester City and Chelsea.

And they will arrive at the Emirates this weekend winless in their last six Premier League meetings with Liverpool (D3 L3) - their longest such run against them since a run of 12 between 1994 and 2000.

But Liverpool have won just two of their last 18 away league games against Arsenal (D8 L8), though these victories have come in their last six visits.

And the Reds have scored at least three goals in each of their last five league games against Arsenal (17 in total). Liverpool have never done this in six consecutive top-flight games against an opponent, while no side has ever done so in six against the Gunners.

Goals should be on the cards in what looks set to be one of the games of the season so far. Indeed, the last five Premier League meetings between Arsenal and Liverpool have produced a total of 27 goals (5.4 per game).

And while Arsenal go into the game with a formidable recent Premier League record, Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 11 Premier League games (W9 D2 L0), conceding just four goals in this run.

Mohamed Salah, meanwhile, is back among the goals and has scored in all three of his Premier League games against Arsenal (one for Chelsea, two for Liverpool).

Arsenal may have flown harmoniously under the radar, but on Saturday the noise will be ramped back up. Their quiet period of resurgence has come to an end.

And Jurgen Klopp’s ‘heavy metal’ football will certainly bring the noise back to the Emirates.

The stakes are high. The pressure is on.

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