Our season has gotten off to a bit of a stuttering start, with our abysmal performance against West Ham followed up by a far more promising victory over a tricky Crystal Palace side. We face a far sterner test this Monday against Liverpool though, and will need to improve further if we are to get all three points.
Brendan Rodgers’ side have managed two wins from two so far, but they haven’t exactly been convincing. They required a moment of sheer magic from Philippe Coutinho to beat Stoke, and a huge amount of help from the officials against Bournemouth – the newly promoted side seeing a goal wrongly disallowed, and Liverpool’s goal standing despite clearly being offside.
Arsene Wenger has a few selection headaches already, with the right-wing and striker positions particularly tricky.
Here is how we think Arsenal will line up against Liverpool:
GK) Petr Cech
The former Chelsea man hasn’t exactly set the Emirates alight since joining the club, but it’s early days yet. He is unquestionably a supremely talented keeper, and once he beds in he will hopefully be a fantastic signing. The 33-year-old will almost certainly keep his place against Liverpool.
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RB) Hector Bellerin
There were some question marks over the young Spaniard’s position at the start of the season, with Mathieu Debuchy now back and fully fit. It seems he has Arsene Wenger’s faith though, and whether he starts this Monday will tell us a lot about the manager’s plans for the season.
LB) Nacho Monreal
Deservedly usurped Kieran Gibbs as first choice, and there is no reason he should be displaced now. He has hugely improved since arriving at the club, and has now become a truly quality defender.
CB) Laurent Koscielny
The Frenchman’s performances in the first two games were a little suspect, and he shied away and turned his back on shots he really should have been blocking. Hopefully he finds his form against Liverpool and reclaims his spot as Arsenal’s best defender.
CB) Per Mertesacker
Nothing fancy, but always reliable. Mertesacker should continue alongside Koscielny, and will need to be at his best to keep the Reds out.
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