Arsenal to struggle against a fresh and ferocious Liverpool?

While Arsenal took our FA cup 3rd round game against Sunderland seriously and also got the just reward for starting with first team stars like Walcott, Giroud, Koscielny, Bellerin and Petr Cech, our next Premier League opponents Liverpool made wholesale changes.

They got what they deserved as well and now have to face another unwanted game with the replay against Exeter City, but the concern for Arsenal is what that will mean tomorrow. Their only regular first teamer to start on Friday was Christian Benteke and so the Gunners will be facing a side that has had a good long rest since their last game, the Capital One Cup win at Stoke last Tuesday.

So Arsene Wenger has reasons to worry about the pace and ferocity of the game tomorrow and he suggested as much in the press conference ahead of the game, reported by the Arsenal website. The Frenchman knows that it is always hard at Anfield, despite the fact that the Gunners have a good recent record there and have only lost one of our last seven visits.

But that loss was a big one if you remember and they blew us away in the opening 20 minutes. We cannot let that happen again and even though this Liverpool team does not have the same quality and goal threat as the one two years ago, Wenger knows that we might struggle to match their work rate.

He said, “Every time we go to Anfield, we face a team who is up for it. It’s always a ferocious battle, no matter who the manager is.

“They had a very strong manager before, they have a very strong one now and Klopp has the personality to do well there.

“[We need to] play our game at a good pace. We are used to pressing. It is not just Liverpool who do that, everybody in the modern game [does it].

“Pressing has been created in England basically because there is a history of teams who have done that very well so it is part of the modern game to make quick decisions, be very short with your first touch and play your game.”

So it is important for Arsenal to start well and match the home team and then we can hopefully quieten the fans and start to let our own superior quality show. Will we be able to withstand an early onslaught and the fresher legs of Liverpool?

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  1. Its going to be a very different game to what alot of ones think, i do believe Liverpool will get as us from the get go regardless of whos playing. We both have our major injuries and tired players but on a night like it will be in Anfield they will be right up for it esp the fans so we need to get at them and be right up for this! If we get 3points out of this will be a great start to a tricky run of games

    1. I have a dim feeling we won’t get 3 points from there. Oh, don’t give me that ish about not being a Gooner enough! It’s my opinion for now, and I’ll stick to it…. if I’m wrong by this time tomorrow, it will be one of the happiest times I’ve ever enjoyed for being wrong!

  2. Unfortunately I’m not confident at all in regards to the next 2 games, Why?? Because we always norlle it when it comes to games that involve a physical battle

  3. Arsenal should start this with a 4 2 3 1 and the 2 this will blow you away MF & Gabriel yeah I no you think I’m a c–t but I think it’s about not losing this game. I would play the OX and TW up front and bench OG

  4. i guess wenger was right when few days ago he said that liverpool injured players would somehow recover in time to play us!!!

  5. This is that time of the season when we run into these types of games…
    just when things have been looking all rosy & our hopes are high… and then we start messing up, and in a matter of a few short weeks, we see our title hopes disappear!
    I am nervous about this game not because I think Liverpool are better than us, but because of our history, we start falling short & perform poorly when it really really matters.

  6. We have no chance
    1. We drew 1-1 at home with Alexis, Cazorla and Coquelin
    2.,Now they have a better manager
    3. They ust signed a top player
    4. They just signed a top defender in caulker
    5. We are playing at anfield

    So lets rest are big players Ozil, Ramsey, Bellerin, Koscielny, Cech for STOKE

  7. Enough talk about resting and Who’s rested the most.

    Too much rest isn’t always beneficial, as it will take a few games to get back up to match fitness again,
    The other disadvantages are, is that a player can become sluggish with precision and timing, as well as being more vulnerable to muscle injuries.

    Resting well in between games and training is more than adequate for a professional footballer.
    And that’s the real issue here… Being Professional!!
    Looking after ones self, Healthy diet, early nights and No bad habits.
    And it is those players who are disciplined and dedicated to this that stand out from the rest.

  8. Liverpool are very weak
    and Arsenal should win.
    Liverpool will be much
    better next season as Klopp
    will completely overhaul the team.

      1. @BigVal
        Gotta admit, it was a kraka…NU fell asleep on that one. Wijnaldum looks real good. Always has to me.(No homo)

  9. Arsenal are closing in on the signings of Nigeria
    U17 players Kelechi Nwakali and Samuel
    Chukwueze, Sky sources understand.
    A host of Europe’s top clubs have been
    tracking Nwakali and Chukwueze after they
    impressed in helping Nigeria win last year’s
    FIFA U17 World Cup in Chile.
    The Gunners look to have won the race to sign
    them, despite Nwakali’s brother Chidiebere
    playing for Manchester City.

  10. We won’t struggle so guys don’t panic . it’s gonna be our night. Let’s always believe and stay positive. COYG

  11. Arsenal to struggle???? I don’t think so. It will be a tough away game like most are. But I do think Liverpool will struggle to contain Arsenal. They are going to field players coming straight back from injury – Henderson, Toure, Milner and if Sakho doesn’t play then who partners Toure???
    1. Their CB pairing is suspect especially if they play Caulker.
    2. They can’t maintain the manic pressing with 3 midfield players coming straight back from injury…now to understand the potency of the pressing game – ALL players need to press in a coordinated way otherwise it fails (cos there’s an out ball). Klopp runs a very real danger of having players come off due to hamstrings.
    3. They lack a creative spark in the middle of the park without Countinho

    For us – set-pieces will be the biggest threat – they certainly have the height advantage.

    Interesting match-ups:
    Lucas v Ozil
    Moreno v Hector

    I think they will struggle to contain Ozil, Ramsey and any of Ox/Joel/Walcott.

    WISH: To see our little Mozart come on with 30 minutes to play and puts the game to bed for us!

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