Why I feel the good kind of nervous ahead of Liverpool (Opinion)

Arsenal have a great chance of getting all three points when we take on Liverpool this weekend, which makes me extra nervous. Guest post by Sarah Rohan

How am I feeling about the game on Saturday? Nervous! Not nervous because I think we will be smashed to pieces. More nervous that I know we have a great chance of getting a result out of the game. A feeling that even if we went one or two goals down we won’t just pack up our kit bags and head home.

This is a different Arsenal team from the past few seasons. The defeatist attitude seems to have gone in recent games with the youngsters’ no fear attitude. Saka and Emile Smith Rowe were the main grinding force for the team when they were having a bad run, when a lot of people joked we was a relegation battle team are evidence of just that.

Along with the likes of Tierney, Martinelli and the new signings in the Summer, we must Remember that we are the youngest team in the league with an average age of just 25. The future is looking bright. Then we have the partnership of Aubameyang and Lacazette, the oldies of the team, who in my opinion should’ve been playing together up front a long time ago. They read each others game so well and they look like they’re both relishing playing with the youngsters. Hopefully an assessment of Aubameyang’s injury sustained from his international game in the week is positive and he will feature.

Arteta really needs to start playing these two together on a regular occasion. We’re actually lucky Lacazette never gave up on us a few seasons ago and left for a rival team like so many have done in the past.

Going on the back of a 2-3 loss against the hammers last week and the fact we haven’t beaten Liverpool at their home since 2012, Liverpool will be determined to go out all guns blazing. That’s why I will be glad to keep the score-line close, better still a draw.

This is the toughest test since losing to Manchester City, obviously we’re unbeaten in eight PL games but they were not against top-six teams respectfully. Even with how we beat Tottenham with their form recently. Can you really class that game as a tough test?

So hopefully there is no hang ups from the international break, we can continue our good feeling from our run of games, and hopefully it’s affected Liverpool more with quite an ever-growing injury list. So come on Gooners let’s give those scousers a good battle. COYG!

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  1. I will be happy with a draw. A draw will keep us in 5th.

    A win, which will be extra difficult will take us to 4th. That will be a miracle, though.

    If we lose, it should not be a battering. A 2 – 1 loss will be sad, but better than being demolished.

    Let’s see how tomorrow will turn out to be. I will be glad with a win or draw.

  2. We haven’t won at Anfield since 2012, so it’s going to be a very difficult match. Luckily, Henderson and Keita are injured

  3. If we can manage to control the midfield, as well as disrupt the supply chain to their 3 forwards, then we got it in the bag…

  4. Realistically I think we will lose. Maybe a 3-1 scoreline. I haven’t seen enough evidence to show we can go toe to toe with Liverpool’s intensity and firepower.

  5. If we play well but end up losing, no problem!

    If we play sh!te, look lost and put in a poor shift then I’ll be a bit pissed off.

    More looking for a good performance and proper attitude than a result tomorrow.

    1. I have the same feelings going into the match.

      A loss isn’t terrible, we are not a Liverpool’s level in all honesty. If we fight, show some teeth, and stay in the game we should take some comfort in a good showing.

      I’ll be content as long as we don’t get battered and outclassed for the majority of the game. We are a young team, still a lot to prove, but have enough to give them trouble.

      I feel the game will be won or lost by us in the midfield. If we only field 2, I believe we’ll be in trouble, and won’t have possession long enough for a 10 to matter.

      I would go with a 4-3-3 with Partey, Sambi, and AMN or a 4-4-2 with Auba and Laca up top. I believe a 4-2-3-1 plays into Liverpool’s strengths and tactics, so I would avoid that formation.

  6. I don’t think there is anything impossible in games. Arsenal was always losing games because of weak will. They gave up too early and too easily! If this mentality has changed as we believe we shall give Liverpool a run for their money.
    I get incensed when I hear some people arguing that we should be afraid because we are meeting a hungry and angry Liverpool. In the first instance why is Liverpool angry? I believe the reason is that they lost to West Ham. The question anyone would beg to ask is whether that loss was deliberate. If it was not then it can be repeated. Arsenal needs to select the best team and then go to Anfield with the determination to win not to get a draw. Let Arsenal stand up to them and we shall get a result at Anfield. There is nothing extraordinary in that. The trend can always be reversed. How many people gave us chance against Tottenham and Leicester? The pessimists will claim Liverpool is on another planet. My question is which planet is that? Mars? I believe we are all on planet Earth and anything is possible.

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