Posted on April 04, 2015 by ADMIN

Arsenal v Liverpool – In-depth Preview and Score Prediction

Can Arsenal bulldoze Liverpool’s Top Four ambitions?

Emirates Stadium Saturday 5th April 12.45

Arsenal host Liverpool in Gameweek 31 of their 2014/15 Barclays Premier League campaign, in a game that could potentially end the Reds’ chances of achieving a top four finish.

Both these Premier League heavyweights have been in scintillating form since the beginning of this calendar year, but the Gunners, who won all 6 of their games in March and have a fully fit squad to choose from, start as favorites for today’s engrossing encounter. Liverpool lost to Manchester United just before the international break, a game that saw Steven Gerrard pick up a red card for stamping Ander Herrera and Martin Skrtel suffer a 3-match suspension for stamping David de Gea right at the end of the game, an incident that invited a retrospective action to confirm the punishment. With two of their most important players unavailable for a game of this magnitude, can the Merseysiders stun the Gunners?

Arsenal
The North Londoners have finally clicked into gear over the last couple of months, after enduring an inconsistent start to their season. They were over-reliant on Alexis Sanchez, whose consistent performances early on in the season made sure that Arsenal didn’t fall away at any stage. The Chilean’s form has waned off since the beginning of this year, but it has been much more of a team effort from Arsene Wenger’s men, with the likes of Olivier Giroud, Danny Welbeck, Francis Coquelin and Santiago Cazorla rising up to the occasion and delivering the results.

Going into this pivotal league fixture, it will once again be a test of Arsenal’s big-game credentials, as they have defeated only Manchester City and Southampton of the current top seven in the Premier League this season. Wenger has been flexible in his tactical approach in certain games this season, but they haven’t paid much dividends apart from the victories at the Etihad Stadium and Old Trafford recently. From that point of view: it will be interesting to see how the Gunners setup today, as they wouldn’t want to do anything, attack or defend, in the extreme.

Arsenal need to start off well and put pressure straightaway on the visitors, who could come for a point and play on the counterattack. Liverpool, with the 3-4-2-1 system they have been playing in recently, can be exploited in wider areas of the pitch, which means that the likes of Sanchez and Welbeck will have their tasks cut out against Alberto Moreno and Jordan Henderson, two players who are expected to operate in the left and right wingback positions, respectively.

Liverpool
The Scousers’ campaign has, in many ways, been similar to Arsenals. They started off poorly, losing to the likes of Newcastle United, West Ham United, Aston Villa and Crystal Palace early on in the season. Poor defensive displays forced Rodgers to think out of the box and shift from his formerly favored 4-1-2-1-2 system to the audacious 3-4-2-1 system, which has seen them lose just 1 Premier League game since the beginning of this calendar year.

The likes of Philippe Coutinho, Henderson, Raheem Sterling, Simon Mignolet and Can have been crucial to their side’s renaissance. Coutinho has been in red-hot form recently, scoring 2 spectacular goals and creating 10 chances in his last 6 Premier League appearances, while the Hendersons and Mignolets have also done their bit in recent games.

Pace, as is always the case when Liverpool play, will be key to the visitors’ gameplan that could see them test out the slow movers in Arsenal’s ranks. Barring Sanchez and Welbeck, the North Londoners do not possess many pacey players, and it will be intriguing to see how the hosts combat this facet of the game. Coquelin’s midfield tussle with Coutinho could have major repercussions to this game.

The likes of Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana are unlikely starters for today’s game, though Rodgers hopes that they can be fit for this early kickoff. Without Sturridge, especially, Liverpool are considerably a lesser force, although Sterling can play as an out-and-out striker and do a decent job. From Arsenal’s perspective: they will definitely start as favorites, but it is up to Wenger’s side to run the show and not give the visitors a sniff of a chance.

Score prediction
Arsenal 2:1 Liverpool

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10 thoughts on “Arsenal v Liverpool – In-depth Preview and Score Prediction

  1. jamesbrowney

    … The guys should really be careful today especially in midfield…… Guys like Coutinho and Henderson don’t need to walk the ball into the net.. They shoot and are pretty accurate.. I don’t want a repeat of what happened at the Emirates against Monaco….. We must congest the midfield… That will force them to use the wings.. Frustrate them…. Make them concede possession.. Mistakes are bound to happen.. And then we take over from there…. Can’t wait… Been so bored this week.

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    1. SoOpa AeoN

      @jamesbrowney…hell yea bro….. They need not walk the ball into the net …. Their goal scoring instincts are activated from midfield ….. Talking of boredom. Thank God the internation break is over at least 4 now…..phew

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  2. Robin Vanpayslip

    I had a dream night before last that we win 4-0. Cazorla scores two amazing freekicks.

    Buy here is the strange one. Last night I had a dream that Wenger reviews every aspect of the team and finds no reason why they haven’t won the league. He looks at nutrition, training, tactics etc. Then he realises may be its an admin issue. He requests all paperwork filed and realises there is a mistake in one filing. He resubmits and we win the league.

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  3. Fab

    I said earlier to another article that we need to start with both coq,ramsey, carzola and ozil that means inorder to keep the balance right between ofensive and defensive play, so i will prefer welbeck upfront and bench Giroud so the lineup is here: Ospn, berln, kos, gabriel, mon, coq, ramsey, ozl, carzola, sanchez and welbeck. sub: seczn, per mert, gibbs, flamin, Rosick, Theo and Giroud. prediction:Arsenal win 3-1

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    1. muda

      @JamesB, you can’t bench your most in form player, 6goals in 5games is an automatic ticket to next game. I say Olivier G rude must start.

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  4. samuel@justarsenal.com

    I am happy to note that we have began to accept that Arsenal vs Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium is not only a big Barclays Premier League game of the day. But this particular fixture today is multidimensional in character because of the high calibers of the players that will be involved and the price at stake is high. Therefore, the Gunners must jettison any complacent thoughts alluded to 2 big absentees Reds. The Gunners must get big game business like from kickoff to fulltime without any momentary loss of concentration or deviation from game plan. Let the boss pardon me, for I am not one one of coaches to advice him. But I a Arsenal vision of success. And I have taken it upon myself to be advising him through this Gooners media, The justarsenal.com. The Key for today’s Gunners game against the Reds from Liverpool to unlock the game memory data of Brendan Rodgers and Reds outfit is given and known as HALTING AMBITION GUNNERS STARTS.Which the boss must have done and start them to halt any ambition Brendan Rodgers and his Reds may be nursing to collect a point today at the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners put policemen on Mario Balotelli’s power play and Phillipe Coutinho’s audacious free kicks taking. Would the boss take a gamble to rest Sanchez to recharge his batteries and starts him at Turf Moor? Would the boss starts: Szczeny. BellerinRhinosackerKoscielnyMonreal. CoqelinRamsey. WalcottCazorlaOzil. Giroud? I doubt. I am expecting changes to my starting lineup by the boss AFC 5-0 LFC. FT 90′ +.

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  5. samuel@justarsenal.com

    I am happy to note that we have began to accept that Arsenal vs Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium is not only a big Barclays Premier League game of the day. But this particular fixture today is multidimensional in character because of the high calibers of the players that will be involved and the price at stake is high. Therefore, the Gunners must jettison any complacent thoughts alluded to 2 big absentees Reds. The Gunners must get big game business like from kickoff to fulltime without any momentary loss of concentration or deviation from their game plan. Let the boss pardon me, for I am not one one of his coaches to be advising him. But I have a Arsenal vision of success in me. And I have taken it upon myself to be voluntarily advising him through this Gooners media, The justarsenal.com. The Key for today’s Gunners game against the Reds from Liverpool to unlock the game memory data of Brendan Rodgers and his Reds outfit is given and known as HALTING AMBITION GUNNERS STARTS. Which the boss must have done and start them to halt any ambition Brendan Rodgers and his Reds may be nursing to collect a point today at the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners must put policemen on Mario Balotelli’s power play and Phillipe Coutinho’s audacious free kicks taking. Would the boss take a gamble to rest Sanchez to recharge his batteries and starts him at Turf Moor? And would the boss starts: Szczeny. BellerinRhinosackerKoscielnyMonreal. CoquelinRamsey. WalcottCazorlaOzil. Giroud? I doubt. I am expecting changes to my starting lineup by the boss AFC 5-0 LFC. FT 90′ +.

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  6. samuel@justarsenal.com

    I am happy to note that we have began to accept that Arsenal vs Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium is not only a big Barclays Premier League game of the day. But this particular fixture today is multidimensional in character because of the high calibers of the players that will be involved and the price at stake is high. Therefore, the Gunners must jettison any complacent thoughts alluded to the 2 big absentees Reds. The Gunners must get big game business like from kickoff to fulltime without any momentary loss of concentration or deviation from their game plan. Let the boss pardon me, for I am not one of his coaches to be advising him. But I have a Arsenal vision of success in me. And I have taken it upon myself to be voluntarily advising him through this Gooners’ media outlet, The justarsenal.com. The Key for today’s Gunners’ game against the Reds from Liverpool to unlock the game memory data plan of Brendan Rodgers and his Reds outfit is given and known as HALTING AMBITION GUNNERS STARTS. Which the boss must have done and start them to halt any ambition Brendan Rodgers and his Reds may be nursing to collect a point today at the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners must put policemen on Mario Balotelli’s power play and Phillipe Coutinho’s audacious free kicks taking. Would the boss take a gamble to rest Sanchez to recharge his batteries and starts him at Turf Moor? And would the boss starts: Szczeny. BellerinRhinosackerKoscielnyMonreal. CoquelinRamsey. WalcottCazorlaOzil. Giroud? I doubt. I am expecting changes to my starting lineup by the boss AFC 5-0 LFC. FT 90′ +.

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  7. sparkles

    This has a win for Arsenal written all over it but we must have a good balance between defence and attack. We must defend and attack as a group and make sure liverpool does not find spaces in the midfield to run into.
    Prediction: Ars 2-0 Liv. G-RUDE to score.

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