Arsenal at risk of being TOO confident against Liverpool?

I know that the Arsenal team are in a good place right now, and so they should be, but nothing is won yet and we have been here before at the top of Premier League halfway through the season and we ended up finishing in the usual fourth place.

I also understand that because of the struggles that Liverpool have been having this season, which has already cost Brendan Rodgers his job, Arsenal will be heading to Anfield as confident of a positive result as we have ever been, especially as they go into the game with a massive injury list.

But I also worry when I see Arsenal players like Mesut Ozil talking on the Arsenal website about their confidence and declaring that the whole team believes that we will come back to north London with a good win and all three points, as if the job is already done.

The German said, “When you win against big teams – and win convincingly – it gives the whole team confidence. But when you look at this season, we’re on a good path.

“The self-belief is there, we have developed ourselves and this year we can really achieve a lot. The team know that. We believe in ourselves and you sense that on the pitch.

“We know we can beat Liverpool and we also know that they will give their best against us, with Jurgen Klopp who will prepare them perfectly.

“But our aim is to play our game and get the three points – that’s why we’re travelling there.”

Confidence is good but over confidence can be a killer. Ozil talks about our improved results in the big games but we have worked hard for them and if he approach the away game with Liverpool tonight without due respect we might well come a cropper like we did a couple of years ago when it was all out attack.

So have Arsenal got the balance right?

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