Five Reasons Why Arsenal Will Beat Liverpool This Weekend
As the premier league makes a comeback this weekend, all eyes will be on the Emirates Stadium where Arsenal will be hosting rivals Liverpool in unarguably the weekend’s top pick of matches. Here are five reasons why we believe the North Londoners will emerge victorious after the tie.
A more settled squad– despite all the criticism that comes Arsenal’s way in recent years, one thing that cannot be taken away from Arsene Wenger’s team though is team consistency and continuity.
Looking at the last ten years across the top premier league teams will give a clearer picture of Arsenal’s consistency, with an addition or two every season, Arsenal have maintained the core of their team which is a big asset.
Plus the return of the influential Santi Cazorla who missed a large chunk of last season through injury, the team’s engine room looks more solid as seen in the 8-0 demolition of Norwegian side FK Viking on Friday.
Now compare that to Liverpool’s unpredictable midfield which has only Phillipe Coutinho as the most consistent player in recent times.
The Gunners have an edge in this respect, with Mesut Ozil, a revitalized Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, the excellent Granit Xhaka and workaholic Aaron Ramsey all rated ahead of Liverpool’s other midfielders.
Home advantage– when the fixture was announced back in June, the first thing Arsenal fans looked out for was the venue, knowing fully well that playing at the Emirates automatically gives them an edge.
Emirates have become Arsenal’s fortress in recent seasons, winning over 70% of matches at the venue which gives the players extra confidence.
The support base is also a major factor as Wenger’s team will have their supporters singing their songs instead of the antagonistic chants that they would have had to listen to if the match was to be played at the Anfield stadium.
Arsene Wenger– this will be the French man’s 20th year in the English top flight and he can be said to have seen it all.
The manager know fully well how important it is to win your first game of the season especially after last season’s first game loss against West Ham which left a bitter taste and set the tone for the rest of the season.
Wenger has also won his first games in all his title winning seasons with Arsenal and given his experience and stature, he’ll no doubt be seeking a huge win against Liverpool which will give his players a moral boost and also hopefully set the tone for the remainder of the season.
Record against Liverpool– An arsenal fan once said Liverpool are still yet to recover from the 1989 last minute Alan Smith’s winner at Anfield which gifted Gunners that year’s league title and that psychologically, whenever they face Arsenal, they tend to be affected by the 1989 defeat to Arsenal.
That might be tongue in cheek but the reality is, over the last couple of years (apart from a few upsetting results) Arsenal have enjoyed a better head to head record against the Reds.
X factor– Players like Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez have the ability to swing the tie in their team’s favour at any given second. They are a special breed of players that have what it takes to produce a special moment of brilliance when the game isn’t going their team’s way.
Liverpool lack this sort of players, they have always relied on team effort which sometimes isn’t enough as Thierry Henry always say, sometimes you need that special player that will bail you out.
This is an area Arsenal has a better advantage compared to their weekend opponents Liverpool considering they have that X factor.