Arsenal Vs Liverpool: Gunners Face Red Test At Emirates
Winning 11 games and drawing just one in 12 outings is not a mean feat no matter how you look at it.
That is the story of Arsenal who seems to have found the much-needed spark under their Spanish manager Unai Emery.
That said, how much the Gunners have improved as a team will have a litmus test on Saturday when they host Liverpool at the Emirates on Saturday.
Liverpool are joint top on the EPL table and are unbeaten in the League this season and with the likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino all firing on all cylinders, a mouthwatering clash is on the cards in London this Saturday.
For Emery, he says he wants to help Arsenal “write a new history” as the Gunners seek to turn around their miserable record against their major Premier League rivals, starting with Liverpool on Saturday.
Last season Arsenal, under Arsene Wenger, took just six points from matches against other members of the “Big Six”.
In sharp contrast, champions Manchester City picked up 24 points from the 30 on offer against Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham.
The difficulties stretch even further back, with Arsenal taking only 26 points from those fixtures since the start of the 2015/16 campaign — 18 fewer than the next team, Chelsea.
The Spaniard started his tenure with losses against City and Chelsea but has not tasted defeat since then, guiding Arsenal to 12 wins from their past 13 games in all competitions.
“We want to write a new history,” said the former Paris Saint-Germain coach.
“The new history is in the present and also, with our players, our quality and our capacity, I believe in my players and this project. We are starting this project with a very positive way with what we are doing.”
Emery said the early defeats still play on his mind as he prepares his team for the visit of Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.
“The result tomorrow (Saturday) is very important but first I want to show them, to show you and to show everybody our best mentality in the game,” he said.
“I know if we have a very big mentality in the game and a very big performance individually and collectively — and also we need some luck — then I think we can win.”
Emery could be without a host of defenders, with Hector Bellerin, Nacho Monreal, Sead Kolasinac and Sokratis Papastathopoulos all needing a late fitness check.
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