Arsenal will be hoping to bounce back from the Derby defeat they suffered in the hands of city rivals Tottenham Hotspur when they take on champions Liverpool in one of the midweek Premier League games.
The Gunners and the Reds have enjoyed contrasting fortunes this season with Jurgen Klopp’s men amassing almost double of Arsenal points this season.
Though Liverpool have already been crowned champions, they still have their eyes on a number of records and that explains why it would not be a stroll in the park for Mikel Arteta’s men tonight.
Liverpool have won their last five Premier League games in London, including all four this season.
They last won 100% of their top-flight games in the capital in a single season back in 1932-33, when Arsenal and Chelsea were the only London sides in the division.
This means they would matching an 83-year old record tonight if they win.
Also, a victory for Liverpool will be their 31st in the Premier League this season – their most ever in a single top-flight campaign in their history.
Apart from this, the Reds are looking to match or even surpass the 100–point mark presently held by City so indeed there is a lot to play for the visitors
There are no fresh injury concerns for Arsenal going into the tie against champions Liverpool
Eddie Nketiah is automatically out; serving the second of a three-match ban for his dismissal against Leicester, while the Gunners’ official line on Mesut Ozil’s continued absence from the squad is that he is still suffering from “back soreness”.
Pablo Mari (ankle), Bernd Leno, Gabriel Martinelli and Calum Chambers (all knee) remain sidelined.
For, Liverpool midfielder James Milner is unlikely to be fit having missed the weekend draw with Burnley because of a minor muscle problem.
However, Trent Alexander-Arnold is likely to resume duties at right-back again, having been rested on Saturday, and Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, against his former club, look set to contest one midfield place.
Arsenal are winless in their last nine Premier League meetings with Liverpool (D4 L5) since a 4-1 victory at the Emirates in April 2015.
Liverpool are unbeaten in their last four Premier League away games against Arsenal, though three of these have ended level (W1).
Arsenal have conceded 90 goals against Liverpool in the Premier League, more than they have versus any other side in the competition (1.6 per game). In their entire league history, the Gunners have only conceded more goals against Manchester United (305) than they have versus Liverpool (285).
Arsenal possible starting lineup:
Martinez; Sokratis, Luiz, Holding; Bellerin, Ceballos, Xhaka, Tierney; Saka, Lacazette, Aubameyang
Liverpool possible starting lineup:
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Keita, Fabinho, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Salah, Firmino, Mane
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