Arsenal will be attempting to put a halt to their two-match home losing skid at the Emirates on Saturday, November 2 at 5:30 pm when they host third-place Liverpool. The Gunners were beaten at home 2-1 by Dortmund in the Champions League two weeks ago and then dropped a 2-0 decision to Chelsea in the capital One Cup on October 29. Arsenal still sits on top of the Premier League with 22 points while Chelsea and Liverpool follow close behind with 20 each.
The Gunners could finish the weekend anywhere from first to third place depending on the results at the Emirates and elsewhere, with Chelsea making a visit to Newcastle earlier in the day. A win of course would guarantee Arsenal’s still king of the castle come Sunday evening. Liverpool should be a confident bunch after their 4-1 win against West Brom last weekend. Controversial Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez hammered in a hat trick in that match while his striking partner Daniel Sturridge added the other goal.
These two could very well be the best forward duo in the league with 10 goals between them in the last four matches and Arsenal will have to mark them as close as possible to keep them off of the score sheet. If Suarez and Sturridge are in top form it’s going to be a tough task for Arsene Wenger’s men. The Gunners have been one of the best teams in football away from home, but the recent struggles at home need to be rectified quickly.
Wenger said, “We are in a strong position in the league and have a good opportunity at home, and we have to turn this round. Away from home, we are very solid but, at home, you know it’s important and vital to win the big games.”
Liverpool could also be strengthened by the return of Brazilian midfielder Philip Coutinho who has been out of action since mid-September with a shoulder injury. Meanwhile Arsenal will be without Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lukas Podolski, Abou Diaby and Yaya Sanogo because of injuries. Mathieu Flamini could also mss the match along with Serge Gnarby, but Mikel Arteta is back after sitting out a one-game suspension for his red card against Crystal Palace last weekend.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers realizes this is going to be a big test for his players, but every club is hard to beat these days. He stated, “They’re all tough games in the Premier League and Arsenal have been flying of late. But so have we, so I think it will be a good game to watch and hopefully we can get a good result. It would send out a message to the rest of the teams that we’re here and we mean business.”
Arsenal has been quite successful against the Reds over the past dozen meetings with four wins, seven draws and just one defeat. However, they’ve managed to win just twice against them at home in seven contests since moving over to the Emirates back in 2006. Historically, Arsenal has struggled in the month of November over the years by earning just 1.55 points per match in the three-point era.
Overall, these two teams have met a total of 194 times with Arsenal winning 69 times, drawing 50 and losing 75 matches. They’ve also been outscored by 273 to 252 goals. The Gunners have played 94 of these contests at home where they have won 41, drawn 32 and lost 21 times. They’ve outscored Liverpool 136 to 84 in their home games.
This should be an entertaining game with Suarez and Sturridge being the main threats for the visitors with Olivier Giroud, Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil leading the attack for Arsenal.