Premier League – Liverpool v Arsenal Preview
There have been seven draws in the last 12 games between Liverpool and Arsenal but the Anfield club have only managed one Premier League win over the Gunners in that time, August’s 2-0 win at the Emirates coming after Emmanuel Frimpong had seen red for Arsene Wenger’s side 20 minutes from time. There shouldn’t be much between the two teams again this weekend.
Liverpool are still unbeaten at home this season, though they’ve drawn more games than Kenny Dalglish would have liked and the manager admitted straight after last week’s dramatic Carling Cup Final win over Cardiff City that the Reds are still very much a work in progress. They’ll come into the game with Arsenal on a high, however, and with a trophy in the cupboard which is more than Arsenal have been able to boast over the last seven years. Having only conceded eight goals at home so far, Liverpool should be confident of keeping the Premier League’s top scorer Robin van Persie on a tight rein again. The Dutchman showed just what he was capable in last Sunday’s magnificent comeback win over Spurs, however, and it shouldn’t be forgotten that he’s already scored more goals than Liverpool’s top scorers, Craig Bellamy and Luis Suarez, put together. Scoring goals has been a real problem for the Merseysiders this term and the jury is still out on record buy Andy Carroll, who again flopped in the Carling Cup Final.
Arsenal’s sensational victory over Tottenham has put them right back into the mix for a Champions League place and now possible favourites for fourth spot over Chelsea and surprise packages Newcastle, though Arsene Wenger still believes his team can overhaul Spurs who have a tricky set of fixtures in the weeks ahead. Liverpool’s Carling Cup win has placated some of their fans and ensured they at least have a place in the Europa League next season, though a return to the Champions League remains their main objective and victory over Arsenal would still give them something to fight for in the last two months of the campaign. A 1-1 correct score has been a popular result between these two sides in recent years and can be backed at 11/2. The draw itself is 23/10 and it’s 7/4 that Liverpool score exactly one goal.