Welcome to our preview of Arsenal’s home game with Liverpool at the Emirates. This is a meeting between the teams currently in the top two positions in the Premier League, and thus can be considered the most important fixture of the Premier League season thus far.

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Previous Meetings

Premier League – 30th Jan 2013 – Arsenal 2 – 2 Liverpool
Premier League – 2nd Sept 2012 – Liverpool 0 – 2 Arsenal
Premier League – 3rd Mar 2012 – Liverpool 1 – 2 Arsenal
Premier League – 20th Aug 2011 – Arsenal 0 – 2 Liverpool
Premier League – 17th Apr 2011 – Arsenal 1 – 1 Liverpool
Premier League – 15th Aug 2010 – Liverpool 1 – 1 Arsenal

Goals Scored

Arsenal have scored 20 goals in the Premier League, whereas Liverpool hvae scored 17 goals thus far.

Goals Conceded

Arsenal have conceded 9 goals so far this season, whereas Manchester City have conceded 8.

Team and Selection News

Arsenal will be without their defensive midfielder Mathieu Flamini, and both winger Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain, midfielder Abou Diaby and forward Lukas Podolski are long-term absentees for the Gunners. It is possible that Theo Walcott will be available for a place on the substitutes’ bench, but Mikel Arteta will be out due to the red card he was issued during Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Crystal Palace. Arsenal’s team will pretty much pick itself for this fixture, with manager Arsene Wenger likely to simply replace the suspended Arteta with Jack Wilshere, although Tomas Rosicky could come into contention as well. Liverpool are highly likely to retain the team which beat West Bromwich Albion by four goals to one in their previous Premier League match.

Conclusion

This is a massive game which will test the title credentials of both teams. Unquestionably, both teams would love to win this game, but Arsenal’s squad has been severely stretched by injuries and suspensions, while Liverpool will have to decide whether it is wise to persevere with their three man backline at the Emirates. Despite all this, I fancy Arsenal to win here and pull clear of at the top of the table.