With the international break coming up and with the results of Arsenal’s big Premier League rivals Man City, Manchester United and Chelsea all going the wrong way, from our point of view, this weekend so far, it is vital that the Gunners get back to north London with something from our away game against Liverpool, and I would go a little further and say that a draw would not really be enough today.
It is not an easy fixture, though, even though Arsenal are coming off a shaky start to the new Premier League season after losing away to Stoke, so every Arsenal fan will be delighted to see that Arsene Wenger’s team for the game at Anfield includes the Chile international star Alexis Sanchez, although Lacazette starting on the bench with Welbeck in the XI will certainly raise a few eyebrows.
Not only is Sanchez a big boost for our chances of success today, it tells Gooners around the world that our star striker is going nowhere during the last few days of the current transfer window. Almost as good iand potentially pivotal n my opinion is the return of Laurent Koscielny to the back line, with Holding and Monreal the players either side of the Frenchman.
The need for a win is shown clearly by the boss picking a positive central midfield of Ramsey instead of him bringing Coquelin back, while the contract rebel Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also keeps his place in the side as summer signing Kolasinac drops to the bench.
Holding, Monreal, Koscielny
Oxlade-Chamberlain, Xhaka, Bellerin, Ramsey
Sanchez, Ozil, Welbeck
Subs: Ospina, Mustafi, Kolasinac, Coquelin, Lacazette, Giroud, Walcott.
Can this Arsenal team send us into the international break with smiles on our faces?