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Liverpool v. Arsenal Will Shape the Rest of the Season

45688112 arshavin466x282 getty Liverpool v. Arsenal Will Shape the Rest of the SeasonIt goes without saying that both the Reds and the Gunners will have much to prove at Anfield on Sunday.  Liverpool are out of the Champions League and will be clawing their way back into contention for a top four finish in the Premier League.  Arsenal will be thirsting to prove that the losses against the only teams above them in the table were flukes.

However, this tie is far more important than ever because of the results of Saturday.  Chelsea drew and Manchester United lost at home; Manchester City drew yet again and Tottenham lost at White Hart Lane to Wolves.  Aside from Villa’s win, which neither the Merseysiders nor the North Londoners will complain about, every contending team has dropped points.

For Arsenal, the loss to Chelsea put them 11 points off the pace–but that is with a game in hand.  Since, the Pensioners have dropped five league points and Arsenal find themselves nine points back with two fewer games played.  The run of games for all United, Chelsea, and Arsenal over the Christmas season offers many beatable (albeit tricky) matches and what happens at Anfield will go a long way toward determining which teams have momentum for the brutal next few weeks.

Liverpool will be boosted by the return of Fernando Torres and will be thrilled to field a full strength team; Arsenal will be, in all likelihood, positioning Andrey Arshavin as a last-resort striker once again.  He impressed against Stoke and spurned two or three excellent chances before scoring the game winner.  If he can give as much, or more, on Sunday, Arsenal have a great chance at winning.

Remember last season that Liverpool did the double over both Chelsea and United, and yet drew both matches with Arsene Wenger’s side.  Now is the moment for them to break that duck if they want to re-enter the race for Champions League spots.  A win for either side will be monumental, and truly neither can afford to drop any points.

It will be fun to watch.

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5 Responses to Liverpool v. Arsenal Will Shape the Rest of the Season

  1. Senator says:

    Well,i think arsenal deserve to win with diaby coming back from injury.

  2. Simon Burke says:

    I hope we win -never know what to expect at Anfield and I cant tell from day to day how many of the team are still fit!

  3. Tyson says:

    It should be an interesting match to be honest Arsenal and Liverpool are both the sort of race horse sides.

    Arsenal have a weak defense which Liverpool will expose somewhat but the gunners can strike back too.

    Plus neither side is the type to get a goal and sit behind the ball its probably going to be an outright battle.

    Of course both sides redefine what it means to be inconsistent too so you never know who will show up.

    Either way it should be an interesting battle.

  4. Both teams are out of track but Liverpool had a wonderful record to defeat Manchester United at Anfield Stadium in October. So, I will pick Liverpool base on the fact above.

  5. Gaz says:

    Everything about this game says draw to me.

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