Arsenal v Liverpool Preview

Arsenal v Liverpool Preview

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The Premier League gets off to a bang this weekend as two of its ever present members go head to head in the first heavyweight clash of the 2016/17 season.

This Sunday will see Arsenal take on Liverpool at the Emirates stadium and much is expected of these two but the odds point towards a win for Arsenal according to the infographic below.

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Jurgen Klopp’s honeymoon period is well and truly over and now the Liverpool owners and fans need to start seeing results this year as it is felt that Liverpool are one of the league’s biggest under achievers.

Liverpool have been active in the transfer market and the capture of Southampton’s former striker Sadio Mane is as an important addition as finding the back of the net last season proved somewhat troublesome. The Reds also acquired the services of ex-Newcastle United midfielder Georgino Wijnaldum for a hefty £25 million fee.

It remains to be seen just how far gunner’s fans patience will last if they go through another transfer window with little action. As it stands Arsene Wengers only significant transfer action is the signing of Granit Xhaka from Borussia Monchengladbach for £34m.

The gunners are suffering a defensive crisis after Gabriel was carried off injured during a friendly against Manchester City. Wenger is rumoured to be interested in Valencia’s centre back Shkodran Mustafi but whether the Arsenal chief actually finds the key to his wallet still remains to be seen.

Who will win is not easy to predict, last season the spoils were shared after a 0-0 draw at the Emirates and an entertaining 3-3 draw in the reverse fixture at Anfield.

In the echelons of history, the two sides are remarkably well matched. In the 220 competitive matches between the two, Arsenal have won 78 times and Liverpool just five more with 83 (and 59 draws, source 11v11.com).

Out of the last four matches, three have resulted in a draw suggesting a share of the spoils will be the outcome on Sunday. However, it is unlikely to be a bore draw. Of those 3 drawn matches a total of 10 goals have been shared amongst the sides.

Arsenals possession of a top 4 spot over the last 16 years looks like it could be seriously under threat this year unless Wenger digs deep into his pockets and Liverpool fans will expect to be fully challenging for a Champions League place for next season.

This will be a fascinating matchup of two similar sides and could be a real indication of where the two clubs will end up come May.

You’d be mad to miss it!

 

Amit Singh is the editor of Think Football and contributes for a number of other football websites, follow on twitter @Think_Football