Karl Matchett 3 March 2017
Liverpool are again facing a big challenge to get back to winning ways – and again they do so against one of their top-four rivals. It’s Arsenal who visit Anfield on Saturday evening.
Premier League form: D-W-W-L-L-W
League position: 4th
Last win: 2-0 vs Hull City, February 11
Away: Won six, drawn three, lost three
No secrets or surprises from Arsenal, who have a decade of playing the same way behind them.
They’ll move the ball quickly and nicely, down the channels rather than wide, and often looking to get three or four players between the lines, particularly Mesut Ozil.
It’s nominally a 4-2-3-1 but there’s scope for rotation in midfield, with a 4-3-3 against Chelsea a notable flip in the centre recently.
Arsenal aren’t overly aggressive, they can be soft through the middle and the same limitations in the team have been there for years.
Technically, they’re excellent. Mentally, they’re not.
The fast exchanges of passing down the inside channels are Arsenal‘s most frequent route to creating chances, piling numbers around between centre-backs and full-backs, and holding midfielders of the opposition.
Nacho Monreal or Hector Bellerin get as far forward as the byline with regularity, but it’s all about short, sharp passes from them, not crosses from deep most of the time.
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