By Gary Fulcher, Daniel Rhodes and Mihail Vladimirov.
Two of the in-form teams of 2015 meet at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday – 12.45pm kick off UK time – with 3rd place Arsenal hosting 5th place Liverpool. The 1-2 defeat to Manchester Utd at Anfield prior to the international break ended our 13 game undefeated run and increased the gap between ourselves and Man Utd to five points. With eight games remaining and 24 points still up for grabs, a 4th place finish is still attainable but defeat against the Gunners combined with a Man Utd victory at home against Aston Villa, would require a near faultless end to the season for Liverpool.
Since the two sides drew 2-2 at Anfield back in December, Liverpool have picked up 32 points from a possible 39 – 16 points from a possible 18 on our travels, including six consecutive clean sheets away from home – while Arsenal have been equally impressive with 33 points picked up from a possible 39. At the Emirates, the Gunners have won eight in a row conceding just three while scoring 22. Their last league defeat at the Emirates was the 1-2 defeat to Manchester Utd back in November.
Liverpool have won just one of the last 14 visits to the Emirates in the Premier League – a 2-0 victory in August 2011 – suffering seven defeats and drawing six, so despite the Gunners’ excellent recent home form, the Reds are well overdue a victory at Arsenal. The corresponding fixture last season ended with a 2-0 win for the Gunners, with goals from Cazorla and Ramsey.
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