Five Things To Look Out For When Arsenal Face Liverpool


Liverpool travel to Arsenal for this week’s Monday Night Football, and there’s a lot to look forward to in this one.

Arsenal fans will be hoping their side will continue to respond positively to their opening day defeat at home to West Ham United.

Liverpool have a 100% record so far in the Premier League, and will be looking to build on that start with another difficult away trip which hasn’t brought too many fond memories in the past decade.

Liverpool fans won’t forget their 5-1 thrashing of Arsenal the season before last as the four S’s of Raheem Sterling, Martin Skrtel, Luis Suarez, and Daniel Sturridge taught their visitors a footballing lesson.

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Will Liverpool’s defence be broken?

Despite not conceding a goal so far this season, Liverpool haven’t looked as sturdy at the back as Chelsea did last term.

The Premier League is only two games in, appreciated, however Liverpool will be looking to build on their clean sheets.

In Rodgers’ title-challenging season, Liverpool’s back line was proven to be their Achilles heel, and although they were better last season, it’s safe to say Rodgers will be looking to improve this further.

Alexis Sanchez

He made his full comeback to the Premier League last weekend as he started against Crystal Palace, after being granted an extended rest following his Copa America heroics.

Alexis didn’t seem to be firing all cylinders like he was last season, with a couple of good chances wasted.

However, he’ll be looking to push on from his performance last weekend, in a bigger game for the Gunners.

The winger will also be looking to make a start on improving his attacking performance further which saw him bag 16 goals, and contribute 8 assists last time out.

Can Petr Cech secure his first clean sheet?

The former Chelsea goalkeeper was deemed the missing piece in Arsenal’s jigsaw, and gave them real optimism for a title challenge.

Cech’s debut for the club didn’t end as he’d have imagined with a 0-2 home defeat to West Ham, and failing to keep a clean sheet at Crystal Palace may start ringing alarm bells in Wenger’s ears.

Liverpool have only scored twice in their opening two games, so could this be the game for Cech to secure his first clean sheet in an Arsenal shirt?

Can Liverpool end their Arsenal hoodoo?

Liverpool don’t have the greatest records at Arsenal. In fact, they’ve only won once there in the league since February 2000.

Following back-to-back victories, have Brendan Rodgers side finally become a more difficult side to defeat?

They could certainly give the Wenger boys a run for their money, and make it a very difficult game for them.

For a start, they’ll have to improve on their efforts at the Emirates last time out, which saw them get thrashed.

Christian Benteke

The Belgian got his first goal in a Liverpool shirt on Monday night, albeit in controversial fashion as they beat Bournemouth 1-0.

He looks like the man to spearhead Liverpool’s attacks this season by bullying defenders, and scoring the goals to push the Reds up the table.

After scoring two goals at the Emirates during Aston Villa’s opening day win in 2013/14, he’ll surely be relishing the opportunity to get more past Wenger’s men.

With Arsenal’s last home fixture seeing them concede two goals to West Ham, this man will be chomping at the bit to get the opportunity to get at the Gunners’ back four.