Liverpool welcome Arsenal to Anfield on Sunday afternoon for their third match of the 2017-2018 Premier League season.
We’ve taken a look at how The Gunners see Sunday’s fixture by talking to the guys behind the scenes at The Arsene View.
How would you asses Arsenal’s start to the season so far? 3 points out of 6, but a disappointing defeat to Stoke City last time out.
It’s been a frustrating start, seeing Wenger not prepare as well as we need. Our defending has been very poor, however we should still be scoring more against a team like stoke.
Arsene Wenger signed a new two-year deal at the back-end of last season, but is already taking fire for the defeat last week, in your eyes is he the right man to take you forward?
Currently, I believe he can do the job just as good as many would do at Arsenal. There are very few replacements that would do as well as Wenger does here.
I believe he is still capable of giving us success again, he just needs buy players in the area’s we desperately need. A centre back and a central midfielder.
Your last 3 visits to Anfield have produced 2 draws and a defeat, the latter coming last season – are you confident you can get three points on Sunday?
I am more confident than the last few times we have faced you lot there. You’ve had a shakey start, and are also having trouble at the back and haven’t prepared properly.
I’m confident because we should have Alexis Sanchez back, whilst you’ll miss out without Coutinho.
The last time you won at Anfield was back in September 2012, how do you think Wenger will set the team up to stop the likes of Sadio Mané, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firnino who have all started the season well?
I believe we will go with a 3-4-2-1 formation. It seemed to work against some big teams at the end of last season. We beat Chelsea in the Community Shield with it and it gives our defence a bit more security than the 4-2-3-1 we previously went with.
Alexandre Lacazette was brought in over the summer, how well has he adapted to life as an Arsenal player and is he the man to watch out for?
He’s definitely one to watch out for, he scored just 96 seconds into his debut and he looks as though he’s the finisher we’ve been without since Robin Van Persie, especially this weekend with Sanchez returning to provide him and Özil some support!
Alexis Sanchez may make his first appearance of the season following his return from injury, what’s the latest on Mesut Ozil?
He’s faced a lot of criticism for his performance vs Stoke. Nothing from Arsenal to indicate he isn’t fit, but still hasn’t signed a contract extension. Hopefully he turns up on Sunday.
Do you think we’re likely to see the same formation, both defensively and offensively, that Wenger deployed against Stoke last weekend? Or will the returning Alexis Sanchez change the dynamic?
I believe the formation will stay the same. I think Alexis will come in to replace Danny Welbeck to play alongside Özil. Defensively there will be a change in personnel but not the way we set up.
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Despite only being a couple of games in, where are Arsenal’s weak points?
Clearly, our weak points are at the back. We don’t have a strong enough selection at the back that is always fit/free from suspension.
It’s been scrappy at the back in the first two games, conceding 4 goals. We will need to get in a new centre back in the remaining days of the transfer window, especially now Gabriel has gone.
Where do you see Liverpool finishing this season and what do you make of them under Jürgen Klopp?
Personally I see Liverpool lurking around 4th and 5th. They haven’t prepared well enough to challenge for the title but your attack of Salah, Firminho and Mané will be too much for most teams and I see you out scoring most opponents.
Which Liverpool player do you fear the most?
Sadio Mané is your best player by far. He’s quick, strong and has an eye for goal. He’s clearly a threat to any team, especially with a weak back four like ours.
Which Arsenal player do Liverpool need to be wary of?
Alexis Sanchez, he’ll be gunning to get underway this season and he’ll be raring to go. Hopefully the addition of Lacazette can bring out an even bigger threat in his game.
Your predicted team for Sunday?