Without doubt, Liverpool and Manchester City are going to contest the Premier League title again and both are certainly a level or two above where Arsenal currently are in terms of competitiveness.
That’s mainly because both Klopp and Guardiola have had the time to fashion the finished article and the rewards are obvious.
Emery is building, the other two I’ve mentioned are merely adding the odd brick.
Having said that, the Liverpool defence that the media keep twittering on about aren’t as formidable as they would have you believe.
The other fact is that apart from City’s punishing attack, they have remained unchallenged with the likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino bagging 69 goals between them.
This weekend may be different with the arrival of Arsenal at Anfield, with Lacazette, Aubameyang and Pepe in the starting line up.
Most online betting sites and bookmakers will probably hope for a draw and so would most Arsenal supporters but with a tweak in personnel, such as David Luiz and Dani Cabellos, who surely must start, there could be a different outcome.
Liverpool cannot rely on past successes, this Arsenal team is looking and feeling different to the previous visits. Liverpool have subjected Arsenal to crushing defeats in recent years, but the spirit Emery is instilling will make up for some of the other deficiencies that the gunners will have to stomach this season.
Ceballos, Lacazette and Aubameyang will add spice to this encounter and should all three be firing at the same time, Liverpool could be on the receiving end of a bad result.
No room for Mkhitaryan or Ozil and I’d even question the addition of Kolasinac in the side which may tilt the balance in Liverpool’s favour.
Going forward, the trainee crime fighter looks sharp but watching him scampering back in defence is an experience that is awkward and testing.
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Maitland Niles will retain his place along with Sokratis and Luiz and although Monreal looked quite good last time out, if Kolasinac is to come in, his would be the nearest available slot if only for the inescapable braun that comes with him.
I’ll stick my neck out here, perhaps I’m still dizzy with the recent transfer success. 2-1 win for the gunners.
Arsenal Predicted Line-up Against Liverpool:
Defenders: Maitland Niles, Sokratis, Luiz, Monreal
Midfielders: Torriera, Xhaka, Ceballos
Attackers: Aubameyang, Lacazette, Pepe
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