Arsenal host Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, in their first big-six clash since mid-August.
Unai Emery had the most impossible of starts to life with Arsenal, facing Manchester City and Chelsea in his opening two games. As a result, supporters were mostly understanding when the team ended up on the receiving end of two defeats.
However, at this stage, the head coach has had a couple of months to sort things out. With a run of games against some of the smaller Premier League sides, Emery has shown he knows how to set his teams up to win matches. Now it’s just about doing the same in one of the big games.
Let’s have a look at how we expect Arsenal to line up against Liverpool this weekend.
Bernd Leno might’ve conceded a couple of goals against Crystal Palace last weekend, but both were penalties. In general, he’s doing well, and Petr Cech’s appearance in the Blackpool game in midweek implies the German will continue his run in the Premier League.
Hector Bellerin will be assessed ahead of the game, but hopefully, he’ll be fit to play. If he ends up missing out then Stephan Lichtsteiner will have to replace him, but the Swiss international playing 90 minutes on Wednesday implies Emery is hoping that won’t be the case.
At centre-back, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Rob Holding will likely start together. Laurent Koscielny still isn’t back, nor is Konstantinos Mavropanos. Although Shkodran Mustafi has been favoured for the big games in the past, the fact he wasn’t rested for Arsenal’s clash with Blackpool suggests he’ll miss out on this occasion.
At left-back, Sead Kolasinac is likely to start, since we still have no news on when Nacho Monreal will return to full training, whilst Kolasinac returned earlier this week.