Liverpool may struggle to improve on a poor record at the Emirates
Arsenal will be without Danny Welbeck, Jack Wilshere and Tomas Rosicky for the visit of Liverpool but the Merseysiders have problems of their own. Captain Jordan Henderson has been playing with the aid of pain-killing injections and no date has yet been put on a return for either Daniel Sturridge or Joe Allen.
The Gunners recovered from the shock of opening-day loss at home to West Ham to win a second London derby, at Crystal Palace, last Saturday but Arsene Wenger believes that there is more to come from his team.
Arsenal continue to be linked with several strikers but, as yet, have only signed goalkeeper Petr Cech so far this summer while shipping out 14 players, mostly on long-term loans. There should be money in the bank but Wenger has never been a manager who deals frivolously with the club’s cash and he’ll wait until the right players come along at a fair price to increase his squad size.
The Reds were unbeaten in pre-season and have carried that form into their Premier League programme, winning both games so far by a solitary goal, though Benteke’s winner against Bournemouth is still the subject of much debate and has forced the Premier League to issue officials with a new directive regarding application of the offside law.
Liverpool have lost their last three at the Emirates by an aggregate of 8-2. They’ve only won once in north London since 2001 and may not fare any better this time given they’ve not convinced in either game so far. A home win is priced up at 7/10 with Arsenal at 9/5 to overcome a one-goal deficit in our Handicap betting.
The match kicks off at 8.00pm on Monday, August 24th at the Emirates