Arsenal’s quest for Europe next season took a big hit last time out as they succumbed to a 2:1 loss to North-London rivals Tottenham after netting the opener.
The Gunners will look to try again against Liverpool this Wednesday as they welcome the Reds to The Emirates for their 36th league games this campaign. Without a win in their last two games, Arsenal faces an uphill task here in getting one against a Liverpool side they have failed to win in their last five tries.
Liverpool meanwhile are yet to truly go back to their brilliant best since after they were confirmed champions. The Reds have been inconsistent since the restart with three wins (D2, L1) in the games they have played in that period. With records still to be set and broken, the visitors will be motivated to picking up all three points here.
Mikel Arteta remains without Pablo Mari, Bernd Leno Calum Chambers, and Gabriel Martinelli, while Matteo Guendouzi is still out of the squad for disciplinary reasons.
Liverpool lost Jordan Henderson to a knee injury last time out. The Reds captain joins the injury list that already has James Milner (hamstring) and Joel Matip (broken toe).
Head to head
Arsenal have not recorded a win against Liverpool in ten tries with their last win coming in 2015. The Gunners have often been blown away in recent matches with their recent visitors with their last three games seeing Liverpool score at least three times while going on to win. However, their last two games at the Emirates have seen both teams share the spoils.
CAS’s verdict on Man City’s Champions League ban means that Arsenal’s route to Europe next season can only come from winning the FA cup or finishing in the top-seven.
The hosts head into this game in 9th place have been overtaken by Spurs after losing their last game to the same opponents. They are without a loss in seven home games in the PL (W5, D2) while keeping four clean sheets in that period.
After winning four games on the bounce, their form has since tallied off a bit as they are without a win in two games.
They have scored in each of the first halves of their last five games (six goals) while they have failed to score in the second halves of their last two games.
Liverpool meanwhile have been poor on the road in recent times with just one win from their last six away games in all competitions. Since The restart, the Reds have played three away games but were only able to score on their last trip to Brighton.
Overall, they still remain the most impressive side away from home though with 13 wins from 17 away games so far.
Although they have averaged 1.7 goals in that period—behind Man City and Chelsea—they still score pretty much in every game, with only three of their road trips failing to yield a goal for them.
They still hold the record for the most clean sheets away from home (eight) in the league.
We can expect a high scoring game this Wednesday, judging by the historical head to head record of this tie.
Both teams to score/Yes @ 4/7
Arsenal to win first half/Liverpool to win second half @ 25/1
Over 3.5 goals @ 6/4