Premier League: Arsenal vs. Liverpool
Liverpool and Arsenal collide at the Emirates this evening in one of the most important fixtures in the English Premier League.
The Gunners went top of the EPL three weeks ago but has since collected only one point from its three games. Arsenal’s 2-0 loss to Chelsea left the North Londoners nine points off top spot and seemingly out of the title race.
In two previous meetings this term, Arsenal has won both 2-1, firstly in the League Cup in October and, in December where Russian striker Andrei Arshavin scored the winner. However, the Reds are now on the best run of their season. They are unbeaten in their last seven games and have set their sights on edging out Arsene Wenger’s side in the battle for third place.
Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez also feels his men are better equipped to deal with the North Londoners’ possession passing game as they look for the club’s first league victory on Arsenal’s turf for a decade.
The Merseyside club could move to within two points of the Gunners if they win tonight. In a recent interview, Steven Gerrard said: “It’s a massive game for us. Our target is a top-four finish, but if Arsenal give us any sniff of catching them then we want to grab it and hopefully that will be on Wednesday night.”
For Arsenal fans here’s some bad news: Croatia striker Eduardo is still out and Denmark forward Nicklas Bendtner will start from the bench. Robin van Persie, Kieran Gibbs and Johan Djourou are also sidelined because of injuries.
The match kicks-off at 19:45 GMT.
UPDATE: The Gunners ended a run of three games without a win as they secured a 1-0 victory over Liverpool, thanks to a second-half header from French midfielder Abou Diaby.