Arsenal head into the weekend action as the Premier League’s in-form team having won their last six games, with their latest victory coming with a hard fought 2-1 win over Newcastle at St James’ Park before the international break.
That impressive run has seen the North Londoners climb up to third spot in the table to within just a single point of Manchester City, and although there is talk of a late title push, the first priority is to secure their Champions League qualification place.
Arsene Wenger’s men sit six points clear of fifth-placed Liverpool with a superior goal difference so they would go a huge step closer to ensuring they’ll be playing in Europe’s elite competition if they can beat their rivals today.
The Merseysiders arrive in the capital licking their wounds from a disappointing 2-1 loss to Manchester United at Anfield two weeks ago so they’ll be desperate to get their top four push back on track.
Martin Skrtel scored deep into injury time to salvage a 2-2 draw for Liverpool in the reverse fixture back in December but Brendan Rodgers will be hoping to go one better and come away with a much-needed victory this time around.
Liverpool were on a fantastic run before the loss to United but they have a poor recent record away at Arsenal, only winning one of the last 18 in all competitions, and with Arsene Wenger’s men in excellent form I think the hosts will just edge this one.
Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Ospina; Chambers, Paulista, Koscielny, Gibbs;Coquelin, Ramsey; Sanchez, Cazorla, Welbeck; Giroud.
Liverpool (3-4-2-1): Mignolet; Can, Toure, Sakho; Sterling, Henderson, Lucas, Moreno; Lallana, Coutinho; Sturridge.
There have been eight 90th-minute goals and two scored in the 45th minute in the last 12 BPL meetings between both clubs.
Liverpool has kept just one clean-sheet in their last 18 league matches against Arsenal.
Only Manchester United (seven) has won away at Arsenal more often than Liverpool (six) in the BPL.
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