Pundit explains why Arsenal are set to lose against Liverpool: Can the Gunners prove him wrong?

Pundit explains why Arsenal are set to lose against Liverpool: Can the Gunners prove him wrong?

On Saturday, Arsenal travels to Anfield to face Liverpool, and Michael Owen believes it will be their defense that allows Mikel to go downtown.

The Gunners have been on a roll in recent months, having gone without a defeat since losing 5-0 to Manchester City in the last week of August.

 

And it’s thanks to this strong run that they’ve climbed to fifth place, only two points behind Liverpool. Arsenal are no longer the huge underdogs heading into this match, but Owen feels Liverpool will come out on top due to Arsenal’s poor defense.

 

“This matchup has produced some masterpieces along the years, may we see another here?” he wrote for BetVictor. Jurgen Klopp was understandably displeased after the Reds’ draw against Brighton was followed by a loss at West Ham. They’ve had some defensive problems in recent weeks, which will need to be addressed.

“Arsenal has now won three games in a row with only one goal surrendered in that period. This, though, will be a big test of where they stand.

 

“I think Liverpool will get back on track here.” I think Arsenal will score, but I’m not confident in their defense, 3-1 Liverpool.”

Arsenal’s first-choice defensive partnership this season has been Ben White and Gabriel, who seemed rattled and short of ideas at the start of the season.

They were repeatedly pushed by muscular attackers, and it seemed virtually obvious that this tandem would fail.

 

Since then, White and Gabriel have managed to turn things around, with Arsenal having a goal differential of 0 and just 13 goals surrendered following matchweek 11.

 

While this may appear to be a large number when compared to Chelsea or Manchester City, the fact is that Liverpool has surrendered 11 goals despite boasting defenders such as Konate/Matip and Virgil Van Dijk.

Van Dijk is still one of Europe’s top defenders, but he is no longer feared in the English Premier League. West Ham United thrashed Liverpool’s defense three goals before the break.

 

Separately, Arsenal’s defense may not be able to hold out Salah and co., but they can surely keep things in check on the opposite side of the pitch.

 

Mikel Arteta will have complete trust in his centre-backs and full-backs, but the Arsenal manager understands that his team just has to score one more goal than Liverpool to win by three points.

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