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Arsenal have made no new injury announcements ahead of Liverpool’s visit.

Their only confirmed absences are Emile Smith Rowe and Mohamed Elneny.

Liverpool expects to field the same lineup that defeated Rangers in the Champions League, though Curtis Jones has returned to training.

Arthur Melo, Andy Robertson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Naby Keita all suffered muscular injuries ahead of that game and are still out.

Arsenal v Liverpool Prediction

Arsenal’s performance against Tottenham last weekend was impressive, and it bodes well for this game as well.

While the Gunners are playing well and are full of confidence, I believe that things are still not right at Liverpool.

On Tuesday, Jurgen Klopp’s team was very comfortable against Rangers in the Champions League, but they were not tested defensively. Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Jesus will not let them rest for a second.

I believe Liverpool will score, despite the fact that they have yet to click this season, but Arsenal’s attacking talent will cause them a lot of problems at the other end.

 

Head-to-head

  • Arsenal has only won one of their last 14 Premier League meetings with Liverpool.
  • For the first time in their history, Arsenal could suffer five consecutive league defeats against Liverpool.
  • Liverpool has won as many league games at Arsenal as they had in their previous 20 visits. They have never won three consecutive away league games against Arsenal.
  • Arsenal has gone 13 league games without a clean sheet in this match, conceding 39 goals in that time.
  • Liverpool is two goals short of matching Manchester United’s record of 300 league goals against Arsenal.
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Arsenal

  • Arsenal’s 21 points after eight games is the third-best start to a Premier League season. They had 22 points at this stage twice before, finishing second in 2005 and third in 2008.
  • Arsenal has won seven consecutive Premier League home games, including four this season.
  • However, they have gone nine Premier League games without a clean sheet at the Emirates since a 2-0 win over Leicester in March.
  • Arsenal lost five of their six Premier League matches against the top three teams last season, including all three at the Emirates.
  • Gabriel Jesus has five goals and three assists in his first eight Premier League appearances for Arsenal. Only Erling Haaland (12 goals) has been involved in more goals this season.
  •     Jesus is unbeaten in all 51 Premier League games in which he has scored, winning 48 of them.
  • Eddie Nketiah has scored 12 goals in his last 15 appearances for Arsenal across all competitions.

Liverpool

  • Liverpool could fail to win any of their first four Premier League away games for the first time since Roy Hodgson took over in 2010-11.
  • The Reds have conceded the opening goal in nine of their last 11 league games, but have only lost once – a 2-1 loss to Manchester United in August.
  • This season, they have lost five of their seven Premier League games.
  • Liverpool’s ten points are the lowest after seven games of a Premier League season since 2014-15, when Brendan Rodgers was in charge. Manchester United had 11 points after seven games and went on to win the championship in 2002-03.
  • Jurgen Klopp’s team has the worst first-half record in the league. They have trailed at halftime in five of their seven games and have failed to score in any of their three away games.
  • Diogo Jota has six Premier League goals against Arsenal, including five in four appearances for Liverpool.
  • Jota is averaging a goal every 67 minutes against Arsenal, the best ratio of any Premier League player who has played at least 200 minutes against them.
  • Roberto Firmino has five goals in six league appearances this season, the same number he had in 20 last season.
  • Klopp has only lost one of his 18 competitive matches as Liverpool manager against Arsenal, despite two draws ending in penalty shootout losses (one in the Community Shield, one in the League Cup).

Martin Odegaard’s captain’s notes column for the matchday programme features his thoughts on the club’s goings-on at every home game.

A snippet of the captain’s latest column is available ahead of today’s game against Liverpool:

Being at the top of the table boosts your confidence. While also creating a buzz and a positive vibe in the club. Personally, I’ve noticed an improvement in game atmosphere since the end of last season, It’s gotten even better this season. It’s getting better all the time; we’re playing well, and the fans are certainly helping.

Positive energy pervades the club, and it isn’t limited to the men’s team. So far, I’ve been following our women’s team.

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