From being title contenders to Champions league chasing clubs, Arsenal and Liverpool have struggled to keep up with the big boys of the Premier league. As early as the season is, the match will be important in terms of Champions league spot at the end of the season. Though Arsenal haven’t finished outside top four under Wenger’s era, this year it will be a difficult task for the French man as he is left with out star striker Van Perise and midfield man Song. The newly recruited players have to settle down quickly and gel-up together as a team, without, which it will be a tough ask for the Gunners and Wenger to bring in any sort of silverware this season.
An opening day shocker suffered at West Brom followed by an entertaining 2-2 draw in home against champions Manchester city leaves the Merseyside club in a similar position to their opponents Arsenal, who are yet to score in the new season.
Three things to look out for:
For a bargained price, Santi Cazorla has been the signing of the season so far. The Spaniard was brilliant in both the games he played and have easily adapted to his new surroundings. Normally a foreign player will take a few weeks and in some cases few months to settle down but Cazorla is not having any such issues. The player made some delightful passes, but the misfiring Arsenal strikers failed to score in both the games. The 27-year-old is a technically gifted player who can play on both the wings and as a CAM behind the striker. He along with Arteta can dictate the play in midfield. With Lucas out of the game, there will be more easier space available in the center of the pitch. When defended deep by the opposition Arsenal tend to keep possession without any penetration.
Watchout for the Spaniard
Cazorla with his quick feet and delicate touches can add a different flare to the attack. His abilities to shoot from long distance will be an added advantage for the Gunners.
Raheem Sterling is regarded as one of the brightest talents in English football, the 17-year-old Jamaican-born winger has a mixture of pace and trickery making him a potent attacking threat. Having impressed for Liverpool’s youth sides last term in the NextGen Cup, Brendon Rodgers showed confidence in the youngster by giving him a debut in the Premier league against league champions Manchester City. Raheem stood up to the situation and re payed his manager’s faith in him as he showed why he is considered to be a future star. The 17 year old combined well with Joe Allen and dictated the tempo of the game. Sterling was causing problems for Kolo Toure, who was selected ahead of Joleon Lescott, and he should have provided Liverpool’s opening goal. He delivered a teasing cross that found Fabio Borini at the near post, but the Italian could only bundle his effort wide from eight yards.
Raheem Sterling – The New kid on the block
Arsenal: Wojciech Szczesny, Carl Jenkinson, Per Mertesacker, Thomas Vermaelen, Kieran Gibbs, Mikel Arteta, Abou Diaby, Theo Walcott, Santiago Cazorla, Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud.