Arsenal vs Liverpool
English Premier League
Date: Monday, 24th August, 2015
Time: 20.00 BST
Venue: The Emirates
Live Stream / TV Info: Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1 HD / BT Sport
Liverpool travel to North London to face Arsenal in the Premier League looking to banish the ghost of Emirates that have been haunting them for the past few years.
The fixture probably hasn’t come at an ideal time for both the sides. Arsenal followed up their shock opening defeat at home to West Ham with a hard earned win against Crystal Palace last weekend, but they haven’t yet hit the top gear. Likewise, Liverpool may have won the opening two games, but the Reds haven’t been entirely convincing either.
Arsenal slipped to a shock 2-0 defeat at home on the opening day; the Gunners will be hoping for a different outcome on Monday.
The Gunners will be encouraged by the form of Alexis Sanchez, while Mesut Ozil hinted of returning back to his old best with his brilliant performance against Palace. Signs are evident that Arsenal’s key players are slowly starting to hit the top form.
The Reds on the other hand have made a strong start to the season having picked up six points from their opening two games.
A scorcher from Phil Coutinho saw Liverpool earning a 1-0 victory over Stoke City on the first day of the season. This was followed by another victory by the same margin against new comers Bournemouth, where new signing Christian Benteke scored for the home side, although the goal shouldn’t have stood in the first place.
Arsenal Team News:
Arsenal have no fresh injury concerns at this moment. Arsene Wenger is expected to name the same lineup as he did against Crystal Palace where his side battled to a 2-1 win at Selhurst Park. The duo of Jack Wilshere and Danny Welbeck are still out while Thomas Rosicky is expected to be back soon.
Liverpool Team News:
For the Merseyside giants, the trio of Daniel Sturridge, Joe Allen and Jon Flanagan are all sidelined for the game while captain Jordan Henderson is also expected to missed out after limping off against Bournemouth with a foot injury.
Arsenal vs Liverpool: Head-to-Head (Last Five Games)
Saturday, 4th April 2015 Arsenal 4-1 Liverpool
Sunday, 21st December, 2014 Liverpool 2-2 Arsenal
Sunday, 16th February, 2014 Arsenal 2-1 Liverpool
Saturday, 8th February, 2014 Liverpool 5-1 Arsenal
Saturday, 2nd November, 2013, Arsenal 2-0 Liverpool
Possible Starting Line Ups
Arsenal Predicted XI: Cech; Monreal, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Bellerin; Coquelin, Cazorla; Sanchez, Ozil, Ramsey, Giroud
Liverpool Predicted XI: Mignolet; Clyne, Skrtel, Lovren, Gomez; Milner, Lucas, Can; Coutinho, Benteke, Firmino
Arsenal vs Liverpool: Key Stats
3 – Arsenal have attempted 40 shots in their first two games, but their goal conversion rate is only 3% (BBC)
12 – Christian Benteke has scored 12 goals in his last 13 PL games.
18 – Arsenal are undefeated in 18 of their last 19 home matches against Liverpool.