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Arsenal vs. Liverpool: one more time in 2018

A tough one to close out the calendar year.

Brighton & Hove Albion v Arsenal FC - Premier League Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Arsenal travel to Anfield to take on Liverpool in their last, and perhaps most difficult, game of 2018.

Liverpool have a frightening attack and they’re on a roll—they haven’t lost a match since late November, when they dropped a Champions League group stage game to PSG, and they haven’t lost a league match at all this season. They sit at the top of the Premier League table, and since Manchester City lost their previous two games, the Reds have a six-point cushion.

Arsenal had a suspect back line to begin with, and now they have a hefty injury list to go with it. Lack of available players has forced Unai Emery into making some weird tactical decisions, and his patchwork lineups haven’t always worked. He has tried to cover for the defense by playing three defensive midfielders at once, but that left the attack short, and with the way Liverpool have been scoring lately, the Gunners may need to put four or five in the net to walk away with points today. Who knows, between health and setup options, if they can do that at this point?

For Arsenal, we’ll probably see a back line of Sokratis and Laurent Koscielny—still finding his feet after months on the sidelines—unless somehow Skhodran Mustafi is fully ready to play. Hector Bellerin is out and Nacho Monreal will probably be as well, which means Sead Kolasinac and either Stephan Lichtsteiner or Ainsley Maitland-Niles on the wings. Arsenal’s attack took a hit recently, too, with Mesut Özil staying in London because of a knee knock. The Gunners will likely need all of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, and Aaron Ramsey on the pitch at once if they want to have a shot at winning.

Liverpool, meanwhile, will be playing without Alberto Moreno, Joël Matip, and Joe Gomez on defense, and former Gunner Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the midfield.

WHAT: Arsenal at Liverpool

WHERE: Anfield

WHEN: Saturday, December 29th 9:30 AM PST | 12:30 PM EST | 7:30 PM GMT


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