Liverpool vs Arsenal: Statistical Preview, Form Guide, Injury News + Head-To-Head
Premier League leaders Arsenal take on Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday lunchtime. Here’s a statistical preview including injury news and head-to-head record.
A 2-0 victory at home to Crystal Palace last weekend saw Arsenal return to the top of the Premier League table which is a position they maintain heading into this weekend following Manchester City’s defeat at home to Chelsea on Monday night.
Liverpool fans were disappointed following their 1-1 draw at West Brom on Sunday with Kolo Touré setting up Victor Anichebe for the Baggies’ second half equaliser. Luis Suárez was kept under control as he was at the Emirates Stadium earlier this season when Arsenal ran out 2-0 winners.
Liverpool are the bookmakers’ favourites to win this one but Arsenal head into the match with an 8-point lead over the home side.
Liverpool have won just 3 of their 7 Premier League matches since they topped the table on Christmas Day. Brendan Rodgers’ side were in form heading into last weekend’s match but will know his side dropped 2 points that day.
Luis Suárez not scoring at West Brom means Liverpool have now failed to win any of their 7 Premier League matches in which the Uruguayan has not hit the back of the net this season. The Reds have won 11 of the 12 games he has scored in. Daniel Sturridge is another player in fine form for Liverpool, whilst the third attacker in the side, Raheem Sterling has looked much better in his past two games.
Liverpool have a number of defensive-minded absentees in this match – Glen Johnson, Daniel Agger, José Enrique, Mamadou Sakho and Lucas all unavailable.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain returned to the starting line up to bag both goals in a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace last weekend. Once again Arsenal were being held at half-time – the Gunners have led in just 1 of their last 10 Premier League matches.
Playmaker Santi Cazorla is in fine form of late whilst the return of Oxlade-Chamberlain is a boost to Arsenal going forward. Olivier Giroud has been involved in 5 goals in his last 6 matches. Defensively, Arsenal have kept 5 clean sheets in their last 8 games.
Jack Wilshere is a slight doubt for this match, whilst the only other new new injury for Arsène Wenger since their last match is loan signing Kim Källström, but that’s the state he was in when they made the purchase. Mathieu Flamini remains suspended.
Arsenal were 2-0 winners when these two sides met at the Emirates Stadium back in November. Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramsey scored a goal in each half. Luis Suárez was kept quiet.
Arsenal were also 2-0 winners in this fixture last season before being held 2-2 in London later in the season.
Premier League stats
Daniel Agger (injury)
Glen Johnson (injury)
Jose Enrique (injury)
Mamadou Sakho (injury)
Abou Diaby (injury)
Mathieu Flamini (suspended)
Kim Källström (injury)
Aaron Ramsey (injury)
Yaya Sanogo (injury)
Theo Walcott (injury)
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