The first encounter between ‘big six’ Premier League teams takes place this weekend, as Liverpool host Arsenal at Anfield.
It promises to put the Reds’ shaky-looking defence to the test, with their back-line conceding 14 shots on goal against Southampton – more than they did in any game for the whole of last season.
Jurgen Klopp’s men will need significant improvement if we are to keep the Gunner’s attack at bay, but equally, the hosts’ forward line has the potential to wreak havoc.
This hasn’t been a happy ground for Arsenal recently.
They have been beaten convincingly in their last three appearances at Anfield conceding, 12 goals and scoring just two.
They will fancy their chances of a first victory at Anfield since 2012, however, hoping to catch the Reds out defensively and retain their 100 percent record.
With the high defensive line that Liverpool seem to be deploying and the slow first half starts from Klopp’s men this season, Unai Emery will look to capitalise.
Hopefully, Virgil can martial the defence and prevent the Arsenal fans from returning home happy.
Here’s a look at who the Gunners’ key men will be when they meet Liverpool on Saturday evening.
Ceballos earned high praise during his debut against Burnley, running the show in the middle of the park.
It could be that Arsenal have unearthed a gem here.
With an eye for a pass, he could be the man to play the ball through and catch out Liverpool’s defence.
Lacazette showed great strength and determination to get his first goal of the season last week.
He will be hoping to continue against the Reds.
Lovely movement, intelligent link-up play and an eye for goal make Lacazette a real threat, as well as a great understanding with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Aubameyang has already registered a goal at Anfield for Borussia Dortmund and he will be a key man on Saturday.
It feels slightly strange nominating a player who only had a dozen or so touches in his last outing against the Reds, but he is that good.
Liverpool’s high defensive line is a concern, though, and Aubameyang has the pace to exploit it.
Usually starting out on the left to allow himself to cut in on his right foot, he will test out the shakier right-hand side of Liverpool’s back-line.
Although he has started life on the bench, Liverpool will still need to be wary of Pepe once he is introduced.
Looking lively in both his substitute appearances to date, it is only a matter of time until he gets his first goal for the Gunners.
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