Arsenal were massacred 5-1 in this fixture at Liverpool last season, and were hit with the sucker punch of conceding four goals in the first 20 minutes, but Arsene Wenger believes that it was just down to both team’s performances on the day and is unlikely to be replicated this time around.
Liverpool, with Luis Suarez, came out of the blocks like greyhounds and bamboozled the Gunners with their attacking prowess, and Wenger is happy to admit that.
“They played on another planet against us last season in that game,” said Wenger on the official Arsenal website. “We were outplayed and maybe it was the game we deserved the most to lose last season. But let’s not forget that one week later, we beat exactly the same team in the FA Cup. That shows you that it’s just down to the performance of the day.
“We’ve won five of our last six games and now we want to continue our strong run. We had a good game against Newcastle and this game on Sunday is another chance for us to show that we can have the continuity in finding a good balance between attacking well and defending well because Liverpool are always very strong at home. That’s why we want to continue to be faithful to our philosophy and play our game but also be solid defensively.”
At the moment every single game is crucial for Arsenal as they try to continue their climb back into the Top Four. The stats suggest Arsenal should be favourites, but as we saw last season, they mean nothing when the players come out on the pitch…