Arsenal kick-start their season at the Emirates against Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool. Arsene Wenger’s men have a good recent track record against the Reds, who have only won 20 matches in past 15 years. Despite that, the French manager faces a dilemma of selection as many of his first team players are out injured and is almost certain to field a makeshift defensive partnership. Laurent Koscielny, Per Mertesacker, Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil are all out due being unfit for today’s clash with Liverpool, whereas Danny Welbeck and Jack Wilshere could be long term absentees.
Liverpool on the other hand too faces some injury woes, as their new signings, goalkeeper Karius and Joel Matip are set to miss out what could have been their competitive debut for Liverpool.
Calum Chambers and Rob Holding are the expected centre-back partnership for the Arsenal as they highly featured in the same roles during Arsenal’s Pre season tour.
“I have a few options at the back that you have seen in pre-season,” Wenger said. “It’s basically the players we have available, that are quite young. But they want to do well.”
“Rob [Holding] has played in the Championship. That’s a good experience for a centre-back, to deal with one level higher.”
Liverpool too are gonna miss their English duo of Sturridge and James Milner. Granit Xakha, Arsenal’s new summer signing is expected to be starting the match and will make his competitive debut for the Gunners.
Liverpool too are expected to play their new signing Sadio Mane, whom they signed up for £32m from Southampton.
Arsenal have lost just one of their last nine Premier League meetings with Liverpool (W4 D4 L1). Liverpool have only won one of their last 20 away trips to Arsenal in all competitions (W1 D8 L11) and have collected just eight points in 10 Premier League games at the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal have just lost 2 of their matches at Emirates in last 15 matches, winning 10 and drawing 3.
Roberto Firmino will most likely be Liverpool’s most important player who has 9 goals and 4 assists in 2016 so far. Whereas Arsenal will surely miss their Talisman in Mesut Ozil.
This will be Arsene Wenger’s 21st season in charge of Arsenal since taking the job in September 1996 – no other current Premier League manager has been in charge of their current club for more than five consecutive seasons.
Match is gonna kickoff at 4pm GMT, Michael Oliver is gonna be in charge of the match at Emirates. Last season the match between them at Emirates ended up in a nil-nil draw.
Jurgen Klopp after a disappointing last season will look to start with a bang this season as he’ll look to beat Arsene Wenger’s men, as Arsenal and Arsene Wenger will have a point to prove again this season after their fallout from the title race last season.