Team news, facts and figures ahead of the Premier League clash between Arsenal and Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium.
Samir Nasri has been included in Arsenal’s squad despite reportedly being on the verge of a move to Manchester City. The Gunners will be without suspended duo Gervinho and AlexSong while defenders Johan Djourou, Kieran Gibbs (both hamstring) and Armand Traore(groin) are not available either. MidfielderTomas Rosicky (thigh) will be rested, whileJack Wilshere and Abou Diaby (ankle) are still out.
Defender Glen Johnson is the only injury doubt for Liverpool. The England defender missed last week’s opening match with a hamstring injury and manager Kenny Dalglish rates him as his only doubt for the trip to the Emirates Stadium. Dalglish may opt to make changes with Martin Kelly and Dirk Kuyt pushing for starting places.
Arsene Wenger: “I will not walk away from the club. [Scrutiny] is part of the world at the moment and I don’t have a problem with it perfectly frankly because I can live with that. I try to focus on making the right decisions for the club.”
Kenny Dalglish: “Maybe we’re due for a win. But it is not going to make it any easier for us because they have lost Fabregas, Nasri is unlikely to be playing and they have a couple of suspensions. It will still be a difficult game for us. Arsenal have been most football fans’ second team because they play great football and are entertaining to watch.”
Last season’s meeting between these two sides saw the two latest goals in last season’s whole Premier League, Robin van Persie’s 98th minute penalty being cancelled out by Dirk Kuyt’s 102nd minute spot-kick equaliser.
There have been more hat-tricks scored in this fixture than any other in Premier League history.
Andrey Arshavin has scored five goals from just six shots on target in the Premier League against Liverpool.
Liverpool have only won one of the last 11 Premier League games Arsenal and none of the last eight, though six of the last eight have been draws.
Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 11 Premier League home games against Liverpool.
Arsenal have only won just two of their last 12 Premier League matches.
The Gunners have scored just three goals in their last five Premier League home matches.
Arsenal posted the worst discipline stats for the first weekend, with five yellow cards, one red and a post-match charge for Alex Song.
Luis Suarez won more fouls than any other player in the Premier League in the opening round of matches (6).
Robin van Persie has scored 17 goals in his last 16 Premier League starts.
Martin Atkinson takes charge of this game; he was in charge when these sides met at Anfield last season, sending off Koscielny and Joe Cole.