Arsenal welcome Liverpool to the Emirates Stadium in a blockbuster Premier League encounter.
Victory would see Arsenal return to the summit of the table following Manchester City’s win on Saturday (8 October), whilst Liverpool can go seventh for at least a few hours with a win.
Arsenal have no fresh injury concerns to report after their Europa League victory at home to Bodø/Glimt on Thursday (6 October).
Emile Smith Rowe (groin) and Mohamed Elneny (hamstring) remain absent.
Liverpool could be without Arthur Melo as he recovers from a muscle injury which forced him to miss their midweek Champions League win at home to Rangers.
Curtis Jones (leg) and Andrew Robertson (knee) are doubts but Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (hamstring) and Naby Keita (unspecified) remain absent.
- Arsenal have won just two of their last 17 league meetings against Liverpool (W2, D5, L10).
- Liverpool are unbeaten in four of their last five visits to the Emirates Stadium (W2, D2 L1).
- Three of Liverpool’s five goals in their last two league visits to Arsenal have been scored by Diogo Jota (W2).
- Mikel Arteta’s Gunners are yet to keep a clean sheet at home this season (W4), in which they scored 11 goals and conceded five goals.
- Liverpool are winless in four away matches in all competitions this season (D2, L2).
Having comfortably defeated Tottenham last weekend, Arsenal made eight changes yet still were able to dominate Bodø/Glimt at home in midweek with dangerous intent, but their defensive record at home though is their weakness despite managing a clean sheet against Bodø/Glimt.
Liverpool meanwhile were defensively messy amidst great attacking intent in last weekend’s draw against Brighton, yet a formation change from 4-3-3 to 4-2-3-1 for their midweek win over Rangers reignited their overall quality as they comfortably outplayed the Scottish opposition.
Arsenal though will be a far tougher test than Rangers in determining where Liverpool currently are in terms of performance, so this could well be a tactical battle but if Arsenal go on the attack like Brighton did then Klopp’s Reds need to be defensively solid otherwise this could be a long game.
Prediction: Arsenal 2-1 Liverpool
Result: Arsenal 3-2 Liverpool