Arsenal should be excited by prospect of playing Liverpool back-to-back (Opinion)

Arsenal could be in line to take on Liverpool twice within the next week, which could be a blessing in disguise.

Our side booked our place in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup with a win over Leicester City last night, but now have the possible prospect of playing Liverpool in the next round.

Jurgen Klopp’s side are yet to qualify for the next round however, and will need to overcome the challenge of lower league side Lincoln City tonight to be confirmed as our opponents.

Arsenal are already set to travel to Anfield on Monday to take on the Premier League champions in the league, with the prospected cup clash supposed to be completed next week also (I would expect Thursday night with Monday’s fixture already scheduled).

Our opponents may well have a point to prove having lost to our side on both of our last encounters, with us securing the Community Shield last month, as well as beating them at the Emirates on July 7.

Under Mikel Arteta, we have seen our side rise to the big occasions, and the bigger the task at hand, the better the performance has been.

The coach has fired us to win the FA Cup despite having to beat Manchester City and Chelsea in the semi-final and final, and the opportunity to take on Liverpool in consecutive matches could be the impetus to focus our players’ minds for the season ahead.

While we currently retain a 100% record this term in all competitions, our wins in the league over West Ham and Fulham were far from perfect, although we were much more organised in the cup.

The opportunity to take on our rivals could well pose us with the perfect task to gain focus for the job in hand, and knocking them out of the cup would also be a huge statement of intent, while giving us the chance to dent their confidence also.

Full draw for the fourth round of the Carabao Cup (as stated on TalkSPORT):
Lincoln City/Liverpool v Arsenal
Burnley v Manchester City/Bournemouth
Brentford v Fulham
Everton v West Ham
Bristol City/Aston Villa v Stoke City
Leyton Orient/Tottenham v Chelsea
Newport County v Newcastle United
Brighton v Manchester United

Will Liverpool be the ones more frustrated by having drawn us, than the other way around?

Patrick

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29 Comments

  1. Sue says:

    Twice?! (Just like Pep at the 4th official at Anfield 😂). Talk about my week from hell…..Will definitely mute both games.. .nothing worse than listening to Carragher gushing over that lot as if nobody had ever scored a goal/won a game before – sick bowl please….
    I want revenge for our exit last season in the cup…and not really sure what to make of Monday.. but hey nobody gave us a chance at the Emirates or Wembley… so you never know… COYG

    1. RSH says:

      Yeah, Carra’s going on mute lmao. Also tho, what you said at the end is exactly why it’s not as hopeless as it would’ve been the past probably 5 or so years. Arteta is able to get real results against big sides that aren’t just based on luck. I like that going into this game we know the manager has a real gameplan that can actually get us some points. Even if it doesn’t happen I feel confident the boys will put in the effort and have the belief they can get something from these games. I dont feel like I would’ve been able to say that since essentially we moved stadiums. Arteta knows how to work with what he has. I just hope he is backed in these last 2 weeks of the window.

      1. Sue says:

        Spot on, RSH. Trips to Anfield would always put the fear of god in me… thankfully that is no longer the case! I’m not saying we’ll go and spank them 8-0, but we won’t roll over for them either… we’re becoming harder to break down… and with only 11 days of the window left, if we can bring in at least one more player, things will be looking even better!

  2. NMC says:

    Yes we have beat them before but they could turn up and it be a different game on Monday, I was shocked at their performance in the community shield but some of the kudos has to go how we played and stifled them to a certain extent until we sat back and invited pressure.

    I am hopeful we can bring the performance next game and it makes for an exciting watch next week.

  3. Samuel emori says:

    If we can draw liverpool in their home, that mean we can beat man united and city in league game

  4. Gkly says:

    Liverpool is a frightening team to play against. Even though we’ve got 2 back to backs over them, I still don’t like meeting them (at least at this frequency).
    But then, Liverpool too is now afraid to meet Arsenal. So why not – bring the game on.

  5. Pattyx says:

    Playing Liverpool twice is really how much we’ll be tested. I believe that we can beat them. We have the quality to go toe to toe with the best… All we need is to be very quick, hit them when they least expect it to happen I expect nothing less than a win or at most a draw at Anfield… Coyg

  6. Grandad says:

    Leeds showed how vulnerable the Liverpool defence can be by pressing high and matching their work rate.They may have lost but my goodness they gave Liverpool a real scare by virtually matching them man for man. Despite this Arteta is likely to stick to his effective 3-4-3 system, and while we may lose out in the possession stakes , we have enough resilience in our side to get a point at Annfield.The Cup game will be entirely different.If Liverpool win the league encounter they are likely to field their second eleven in the Cup.

  7. Kobin says:

    In as much as I want us to win geting trashed in both games and realising that we need to buy a better mid field set isnt a totally bad thing, don’t you think? Going two steps back might get us 50 steps forward. Perfect mid field set and we can thrash them back later in the season. My opinion.. What do you think Gunners?

    1. Loose Cannon says:

      Kobin, what is the use of having “world class” players drawing “world class” wage and giving worse than a junior school boy performances week in week out seasons after seasons? Just consider ourselves to be blessed with so many star names – Ozil, Laca, Kolasinac, Luiz, Xhaka, Socrates, Mustafi – all internationals, on high wage yet we finished 8th, while LC, SW, Wolves with lesser known players finished above us. Football is about skill and commitment, without commitment skill is useless. We won important games without the distraction the so called world class star on the team sheet, so we can and we will try to beat the Pool not once but twice. Its all about commitment, drive, passion, desire to win and not to hop, skip, jump, limp, crawl, kick the air, wave hands like a butterfly and expect victories. Good the coach has got his winning combination, add one or two more determined players and we are good to go for the title (next year once the toxic trash is out from the club for good)
      Mikel is serious about winning, he takes the games seriously, so let us not accept mediocrity and justify losing games or backstabbing his blueprint. CP beat them at home in 2017, Watford defeated them too without big names, so we can do it too.

  8. Grandad says:

    With respect Kobin ,I feel your logic is completely misplaced.Our Manager is aware of the weaknesses in our midfield, but until players are sold to generate cash he cannot buy to resolve the situation.

  9. S.J says:

    Hell, yeah, Sue!!! What a hell of a week it is going to be for us indeed!!😂

    Kobin, Why do I feel like I am considering your statement?

    You have a little point but, win or lose Krankie doesn’t give a ****, so that will not determine we buy or not.

    So I will like us to at least avoid a loss in both of the games and I will be happy, but honestly, I am scared we might see a loss.

    1. Sue says:

      Hopefully we’ll be smiling at the end of it, SJ 🤞

  10. Kobin says:

    Yeah, thats true Grandad. That’s quite unfortunate that we are stuck with such situation. @S.J, which game do you think its better to win supposed we win one. I will pick the cup game. Its a long time since we won the LC, 93, if I am correct?

  11. ken1945 says:

    I’m really looking forward to both these games, because to be the best you have to beat the best…last season, liverpool were the absolute best in the PL.

    It will also give MA the opportunity to outwit JK in two different scenarios, knockout and long haul competitions.

    A lot will depend on the fitness of Tierney, who was sorely missed at the WHU game in my opinion – but what a marvellous opportunity to preserve our Invincible status and keep up our incredible FA Cup performances!!!

  12. AY75 says:

    If I were to pick one, I’ll prefer beating them in the EPL match…. I wouldn’t want them getting any funny ideas about going on an unbeaten run 😀. But then, I’m greedy with victories, so I’d love for us to win both convincingly…… strike fear into the hearts of the rest 😈…… come on Arteta, make it 4 – 0 against Klopp. He had joy against Wenger anyways, so it’ll be fair to get revenge 😈. COYG!!. We definitely need to sign our targets soon though. Time’s running out. Bring in Aouar, and prepare for the Partey! 😀

    1. Pattyx says:

      Now that’s d spirit man!!!… I say we smash em… Make em squeel 4 a point against us. We’ve got the guts, we’ve got the fight, we’ve got the coach 😈.. Hell they should creak in fear & worry when they think 2 meet us next… I say we give it to them so hard that thier ancestors will feel like they tried kissing a running Okinawa express train!!!…. Let’s go give em some hurting bombs 💣 😠

  13. dhoni says:

    Trust me on this we are going to win both but wont be easy. Maybe ugly wins again

  14. S.J says:

    I will be glad if we had a good run to the League cup final and win it, so I will choose knocking them out of the League cup and getting a draw in the league

  15. Samuel Akinsola Adebosin says:

    I assure all the doubting Thomases Gooners that there is no cause for them to be afraid, alarmed nor panic.

    This is because the Gunners are already fully aware of the uphill mountains task that are going to be before them to surmount and climb them over successfully before they can crossover to the promised land of winning the Premier League title to win it this season.

    And to achieve this quest the Gunners have more than prepared themselves earnestly to give themselves whatever that they enquired that will make them beat Liverpool both in the League and the Carabao Cup matches all at away in the Liverpool backyard

    therefore, I implore every Gooners to calm down but not to worry or show any anxieties. For, surely Arsenal will put Liverpool out of order in both the Premier League and Carabao Cup matches that will all soon be played between both club sides of Liverpool and Arsenal in less than a fortnight.

  16. Mohsan says:

    We can beat them again, no crowd means Enfiled is not same. So Liverpool will have no home ground advantage, it’s the atmosphere that makes it very difficult to play them at home. I think we have physiological advantage here, we should go for win. Don’t play for draw if you want to be a big team think like a big team…no fear Livefool here we come.

  17. Samuel Akinsola Adebosin says:

    I assure all the doubting Thomases Gooners that there is no cause for them to be afraid, alarmed nor panic.

    This is because the Gunners are already fully aware of the uphill mountains task that are going to be before them to surmount and climb them over successfully before they can crossover to the promised land of winning the Premier League title to win it this season.

    And to achieve this quest the Gunners have more than prepared themselves earnestly to give themselves whatever that they required that will make them beat Liverpool both in the League and the Carabao Cup matches all at away in the Liverpool backyard

    therefore, I implore every Gooners to calm down but not to worry or show any anxieties. For, surely Arsenal will put Liverpool out of order in both the Premier League and Carabao Cup matches that will all soon be played between both club sides of Liverpool and Arsenal in less than a fortnight.

  18. S says:

    It can’t last. We’ll be found out. They just smashed 6 past a lower League side.

  19. Pattyx says:

    We’re not a lower league side, we’re the Arsenal, we’re the only ones that beat d league without being beaten.. We used 2 be the ones that strike fear into the hearts of teams… I believe the lord through Arteta and his squad will put Liverpool to the sword I’m not going 4 a draw, I’m going 2 remind Liverpool that the old lions are beginning 2 wake up, which means that even if they try 2 win, they will suffer greatly 4 it that’s if they’ll win it…. I start by telling Liverpool ” prepare yourself… En-garde”

  20. Namo says:

    For some reasons I’m 100% confident we will get something good out of both games come next.

    Anyone else noticed we’ve only conceded 2 goals in 4 games

    We’re becoming a hard knot to crack.
    Anfield here we come! CÓYG!!!

  21. RFrancis says:

    I just hope we will be prepared to handle their new style of attack based on two overlapping fullbacks plus the creative Thiago in the middle.

  22. Mish says:

    Lets call a spade a spade, if we get a draw on monday, lets treat it as 3points, wont comment on the cup game as it should be a game at a time.

    Mainwhile liverpool not us are the team on pressure to win, i see a barren draw

  23. kingandroidx says:

    How about draw (epl) and win Carabao Cup)..

    1. ThirdManJW says:

      Would two wins be greedy? I feel like being greedy.

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