All attention will be directed towards the Emirates Stadium this Sunday, anticipating an exciting Premier League clash as Arsenal, currently in third place, faces off against league leaders Liverpool for the third time in two months.
Both teams strengthened their championship aspirations in the midweek matches. Arsenal secured a hard-fought 2-1 victory against Nottingham Forest, while Jurgen Klopp’s formidable team convincingly defeated Chelsea 4-1.
In their recent encounter with Nottingham Forest at the City Ground, Arsenal experienced a brief return to their former attacking struggles. Despite facing frustration for over an hour against a resilient Reds defense, Arsenal managed to capitalize on two defensive errors. Former Arsenal goalkeeper Matt Turner’s mistake allowed a Gabriel Jesus strike to slip through at the near post, and Gonzalo Montiel’s giveaway led to Bukayo Saka clinically finishing a counter-attack.
Although Taiwo Awoniyi’s late goal made it tense, Arsenal held on for their second consecutive Premier League win following a rejuvenating winter break, during which they previously crushed Crystal Palace 5-0.
While briefly occupying the second spot in the standings, Arsenal has now dropped back to third, with Manchester City narrowly ahead on goal difference but with a game in hand. Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa also remain in close pursuit. Arsenal, with an impressive record of six wins in their last seven home games at the Emirates Stadium, is eager for revenge against Liverpool, aiming to rectify the errors of a previous FA Cup defeat to their Merseyside rivals.
Embarking on their first matches post-Jurgen Klopp’s surprising departure announcement, Liverpool kicked off their farewell tribute to the iconic manager in spectacular fashion. They netted five goals against Norwich City in the FA Cup, showcasing an impressive performance that continued as they dominated Chelsea on Wednesday night.
Conor Bradley, the emerging right-back, not only scored his debut senior goal for Liverpool but also contributed assists for Dominik Szoboszlai and Diogo Jota. This remarkable feat made Bradley the youngest Liverpool player in the last five years to set up multiple goals in a single Premier League match. Luis Diaz also joined the scoring spree at Anfield.
Despite Chelsea’s Christopher Nkunku scoring a goal, the team felt aggrieved as two strong penalty appeals were dismissed. Mauricio Pochettino’s side struggled throughout the game, and their goal difference could have been worse if Darwin Nunez hadn’t hit the woodwork four times.