By Bulldog Drummond
- Liverpool v Arsenal: the battle of the giants of the “in form” tables
- Liverpool v Arsenal: with Tierney in charge we could be in trouble.
- How the referee will influence the result of Liverpool v Arsenal this weekend
- Yet another media game: if Arsenal can’t beat Liverpool, the title is lost
Liverpool’s recent record of matches does not make good reading for them: three defeats (to Bournemouth, Real Madrid, and Manchester City, and a draw with a rather hopeless Chelsea team). But of course they have the excuse that this has been a tough fixture list – and were away games, hence the combine goals total of scored one, conceded six. Back at home it is going to be different we are told.
And yes maybe it will. But Jurgen Klopp must know, because the man is not an idiot, you cannot build a successful team, purely on the back of fanatical home support intimidating referees (see earlier articles above for more details on this). Although, come to think of it…
Indeed Liverpool’s last home game was a 7-0 victory over Manchester United.
So how will Arsenal seek to overcome Liverpool? The answer must be by playing their normal high tempo away style. Indeed what is not being reported anywhere as far as I can see is just how far ahead Arsenal are of even the almighty and god-graced (according to the media) Manchester City, when it comes to away games.
Arsenal have played one fewer game away from home in the league than Manchester City and still have scored the same number of goals (two a game for Arsenal) and conceded fewer (0.6 a game), and have a better goal difference and four points more.
So what Arsenal need to do is transform that approach at home into that approach away, and block out the noise and orchestrated intimidation of the Liverpool crowd.
The Mirror predicts today’s Arsenal team will be
White, Holding, Gabriel, Zinchenko;
Partey, Xhaka, Odegaard;
The BBC in common with most commentaries note that “William Saliba and Eddie Nketiah are being monitored, with both nursing back problems”.
Their commentary written by Chris Sutton on how the game might go is interesting: “The way Arsenal are playing, I am expecting them to turn up at Anfield, play with a swagger, and cut right through Liverpool.
“The Gunners have not won there since September 2012, when Mikel Arteta was playing for them, and in the past this might have been a trip they feared. Not any more. Prediction: 1-3”
A very brave prediction given the way that Liverpool use the crowd to manipulate the referee.
Sports Mole also think that Arsenal will get three – winning 2-3 in the end. Their line up is…
White, Holding, Gabriel, Zinchenko;
Saka, Odegaard, Martinelli;
The Evening Standard don’t give us an exact team but do say, “For Arsenal, Mikel Arteta has hinted William Saliba could return. Bukayo Saka and Ben White are fit again.” They predict Arsenal to win 1-2.
90 min expand on the “Saliba to return theme” saying, “Arteta mysteriously revealed that one player could make their return here but declined to mention which of his injured stars that may be. William Saliba, Eddie Nketiah, Takehiro Tomiyasu and Mohamed Elneny are all thought to be out.”
Their line up is
White, Holding, Gabriel,
Saka, Odegaard, Trossard;
Flashscore don’t give us a team or a prediction but do say, ” Liverpool haven’t lost a PL game when leading at half-time since December 2016 (W109, D10).”
In fact the internet is full of “Liverpool haven’t lost at home since…” stories, all of which involve enormous time spans, and each of which tends to be different. So just to be clear…. Liverpool have lost at home as regularly as any other team in the upper reaches of the league. Here are the details of their home defeats (just in case anyone suggests that the media stories about them being unbeaten at Anfield since the era of Boadecia, Hereward the Wake, or indeed Athelstan (who is reputed to have played inside let for Wigan, but that story may be apocryphal.
|1 Oct 2020||Liverpool v Arsenal||L||0-0 (4-5)||League Cup|
|25 Nov 2020||Liverpool v Atalanta||L||0-2||Champions League|
|07 Feb 2021||Liverpool v Manchester City||L||1-4||Premier League|
|20 Feb 2021||Liverpool v Everton||L||0-2||Premier League|
|4 Mar 2021||Liverpool v Chelsea||L||0-1||Premier League|
|7 Mar 2021||Liverpool v Fulham||L||0-1||Premier League|
|8 Mar 2022||Liverpool v Internazionale||L||0-1||Champions League|
|21 Feb 2023||Liverpool v Real Madrid||L||2-5||Champions League|
It is amazing what concerted propaganda can do to reality.
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- Arsenal v Wolverhampton Wanderers: where will each team finish?
- Arsenal v Lens: what we found, what we felt, what they did
- Arsenal v Lens: the team, the home/away form and the strange coincidences
- Arsenal v Lens: they had a poor start but are now flying