Liverpool are set to host Arsenal on September 2, and football fans must be licking their lips in anticipation of watching the live telecast of the Premier league game.
Neither team has set the stands on fire in the first two match weeks of the Premiership. While Liverpool lost 3-0 away to West Brom in their opening game, the Reds put up a much better show at home against champions Man City in match week two, when they drew 2-2 to salvage a point. In fact, the result should have gone in the home side’s favour but for a howler by Martin Skrtel.
Arsenal drew at home against Sunderland in their opening game of the league season, in a match they were expected to win against a mid-table side led by a new manager. The Gunners replicated the result when they visited Stoke, in match week two. That said, Arsene Wenger’s squad dominated a game against a side who are formidable opponents on home turf and were distinctly unlucky not to come away with three full points.
Liverpool were leading 2-1, with 10 minutes left in their contest with Man City, when centre-half Martin Skrtel, aiming to play the ball back to Pepe Reina in goal, only succeeded in teeing up Carlos Tevez who accepted the gifted goal with glee. Earlier, it was Skrtel himself who gave the home side the lead on 34 minutes. After Yaya Toure put his side level 18 minutes after the break, Suarez made it 2-1 in the Anfield squad’s favour. To their credit, Liverpool dominated large parts of the game and the result would have served to exorcise the ghost of their loss at Albion.
The draw at the Potteries was a stark trailer of what life after van Persie was likely to be for the Gunners over the remainder of the season. A goal-less stalemate is not a bad result when you consider that Arsenal lost on three of their five previous visits to the Britannia. But chances galore to Podolski, Giroud, Arteta and Diaby went a begging on the day. While none was anything more than a half-chance, van Persie could be expected to have converted at least one of them.
Liverpool’s starting eleven against Man City: Reina, Kelly, Coates, Skrtel, Johnson, Lucas, Allen, Gerrard, Borini, suarez, Sterling.
Arsenal’s starting eleven against Stoke: Mannone, Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Vermalen, Gibbs, Arteta, Diaby, Cazorla, Gervinho, Podolski, Giroud
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