The Gunners travel to Anfield knowing that a victory would keep them at least two points clear at the top of the table. The North Londoners got the better of the Reds back in November as goals from Cazorla and Ramsey handed Arsenal a 2-0 win at Emirates Stadium.
The England international feels that another triumph over Brendan Rodgers men would underline Arsenal’s title credentials.
According to Independent, he said:
Going up there and doing well would be a big statement, just like it was when we played them at home. We were sitting at the top of the league and people were saying, ‘Ah, well this is a big test’. It will be like that every time now. We are having a positive season and we go there in a positive frame of mind. It’s another exciting Premier League fixture.
We have made a few impressions already this season but I don’t think it’s about that now. It’s about consistency. Going in as underdogs takes the pressure off. You saw that with Chelsea at City. But we are not looking at the odds. We are just looking to win it. There is a certain resilience in this squad at the moment. That is helping a lot.
We want to put ourselves under pressure to win. You get the best out of yourself to perform that way. Everyone is in a good state of mind. Everyone enjoys the big games. This [Liverpool match] is just another big game for us to show what we can do.
The Gunners are now back at the top of the league table after Manchester City’s loss to Chelsea, but staying there will be difficult task with a tough trip to Anfield. The Merseyside club sit eight points behind Arsenal and have been unbeaten in the last 5 games, however they have been held to a draw in two of their last three matches.
Arsenal have the joint best away record in the League as they have won 8 out of 12 games but Saturday’s match will be a true test of their mettle. So far they have been pretty poor in the away games against big teams as they succumbed to defeats at Old Trafford and Etihad and the results at Anfield and Stamford Bridge will shape their destiny in the title race.
It is a big month for Arsenal, not only with the Liverpool match, but they also face Manchester United in the Premier League and Bayern Munich in the knockout phase of the Champions League. If we can come back with a win then it will be a great start to this tough period and would also be a big step in pursuit of the elusive trophy.
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