Arsenal Look To Bounce Back Against Liverpool at Anfield
Arsenal return to action in the EPL on August 27 when they face a tough trip to Anfield, a ground they have not performed particularly well at in recent seasons. Arsene Wenger will be hoping his side can bounce back from their 1-0 defeat to Stoke last weekend, where a second-half goal from the hosts was enough to separate the two sides.
Alexis Sanchez is expected to return into the Gunners’ squad for the game in Merseyside in what will be his first appearance of the season if he makes the field of play for his side. The Chilean was linked with a move elsewhere in the summer, but now looks likely to remain in North London when the transfer window closes.
Arsenal, who won the Community Shield against Chelsea at Wembley earlier in the month, are not playing Champions League football this season for the first time since Wenger joined as their manager in 1996. The Frenchman, therefore, will be hoping to break back into the top four at the very least at the end of the campaign, so games again Liverpool and the other clubs vying for a Champions League spot are going to be crucial for the Gunners.
Liverpool picked up their first league victory against Crystal Palace in a 1-0 win last weekend, thanks to a Sadio Mane goal. The Reds then qualified for the main draw for the Champions League following a 6-3 aggregate victory over Hoffenheim in their playoff tie.
Philippe Coutinho is unlikely to be back in the Liverpool squad for the game against Arsenal as he is still recovering from a back injury. The Brazilian has been linked with a move to Barcelona in the summer transfer window, however, the Merseyside club have rejected three bids for their player.
The game at Anfield will be the last fixture before the summer transfer window closes as Liverpool are not in action again until September 9 when they travel to Manchester City.