Liverpool are coming to THOF with only one desire, which is to restart their season by beating us. Their recent results against Arsenal have been good, and they like playing us because we dare to press high and play our game. The space that will become available as a result, is highly priced by the Scousers.
So, just as with the Spuds, I am nervous about this game. Pool, despite their current low position in the league, are a better team than our North-London eell-mashed rivals, so let’s be very focused.
Having said all that, we now have a team of 11 fighters and the sort of attackers that will take their chances when they come to us at home. Saka and Martinelli, for example, both scored under high pressure at Manchester United, even though Marti’s goal was so harshly VARed out. GJ9 will relish this game a hundred times more than Aubameyang ever did. This season, XhakA and Partey are taking their chances when they come, and Arsenal also have a few defenders who can rise to the occasion.
I am writing all this to focus on an important, big difference with last season: Arsenal do now take their chances quicker, also in the big games. And if Arteta decides to go out and attack Pool by pushing up, we really need to take our chances as soon as they arrive.
It will be a big test because expectations are high and the pressure is on us. But the Teeth and his players also have a lot of pressure on them. Losing today will mean a huge gap between the top three and them with not even ten games played. Their PL season could be written off if Arsenal beat them fair and square.
So there’s a lot to consider for this game, and weighing on it, and I cannot wait for it.
I don’t expect many surprises in our starting eleven and will go with the Guardian’s lineup:
We may see Tierney starting ahead of Zinchenko, and the Ukrainian may even start in Granit’s place. Kieran offers more defensive qualities to Zinch and Granit has played an awful lot of high tension games lately… But I still expect us to start as per the Guardian’s lineup.
Come On You Rip Roaring Gunners!!!