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Arsenal v Liverpool – Emirates Stadium – Premier League – Wednesday 8:15pm
Arsenal v Liverpool – Preview:
Mikel Arteta was naturally disappointed with the Gunners North London derby defeat in N17 but insisted his charges would be set for the challenge provided by Champions, Liverpool on Wednesday evening.
“It was tough, obviously, they know what it means to everybody in that type of games,” Arteta explained.
“They felt disappointed because the way the game went, they feel that they deserved much more but as well the reflection of the game is that we lost it basically.
“But they are ready, they know the games are coming up in the next few days are massive for us and the future of next season as well and they are willing to try again and put in the same effort and commitment.”
With Arteta faced with somewhat more than a makeover job at the Emirates, the Spaniard believed Jurgen Klopp provided a perfect model for Arsenal to follow in their bid to reignite the club following recent frustrations.
“What they have done is phenomenal, obviously the first two years it took them some time to rebuild the squad and to create a new culture, a new philosophy and a game model that suited the coach,” he added
“Then they started to recruit every single player in relation to what they needed and that’s where I think they were really smart.
“They bought with specificity for every position that was required.
“Financially they had a big backing and made some big signings which completely changed the club in my opinion.”
Arsenal v Liverpool – Head to head:
Arsenal won: 78
Liverpool won: 89
Arsenal v Liverpool – Last five meetings (all competitions):
December 22, 2017 – Premier League
Arsenal 3-3 Liverpool
November 3, 2018 – Premier League
Arsenal 1-1 Liverpool
December 29, 2018 – Premier League
Liverpool 5-1 Arsenal
August 24, 2019 – Premier League
Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal
October 30, 2019 – Carabao Cup
Liverpool 5-5 Arsenal
(Liverpool won 5-4 on penalties)
Jeevesie’s prediction: Arsenal 1-1 Liverpool
(Quotes courtesy of Arsenal Football Club – www.arsenal.com)