Cape Town - Arsenal boss Unai Emery admits he's not looking forward to
facing Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday.
The Gunners have made the perfect start to the Premier
League this season, winning their first two games in the league for the first
time since 2009-10, after seeing off Burnley on Saturday.
They haven’t been at their brilliant best, but their
attacking options have helped them to come through tests with Newcastle and the
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, in particular, has been key with
his two goals helping them over the line in both of those matches.
It’s in defence that Emery still has plenty of issues to
resolve and that will likely come to the fore when they face Liverpool at
Anfield this weekend.
Arsenal lost captain Laurent Koscielny over the summer and
injuries have left them short in that position so far this term.
Callum Chambers and Sokratis Papastathopoulos started in the
heart of defence at St James’ Park, while summer signing David Luiz played
alongside the latter on Saturday.
Shkodran Mustafi has been omitted from the matchday squad so
far this season as Arsenal hope to move him on before the European transfer
They are even looking light in the full-back positions at
present with new arrival Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin both on the
All of that considered, a trip to face Liverpool, who were
the second-highest scorers in the league last season, doesn’t seem desirable.
Certainly, that is the opinion of Emery and it’s
understandable when assessing their most recent trips to the face the European
Arsenal fell to an embarrassing 5-1 defeat at Anfield last
season, while they lost 4-0 on Merseyside when visiting in 2017/18.
Indeed, Anfield hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for the
Gunners over recent times, having not won there since 2012, while they have
conceded 22 goals in the six games following that triumph.
Emery said: "For us, we don’t want to play against Liverpool
"We’d prefer not to play against them."
Liverpool have already notched six goals this season, having
also won both of their games, after hitting four past Norwich and two against
But there is hope for Emery, as Liverpool are yet to keep a
clean sheet and have looked unusually nervy at the back.
Jurgen Klopp has sent his side out to play with a high
defensive line in the opening two fixtures and they don’t look entirely
Arsenal’s pacey forward line will likely be licking their
lips at the prospect of trying to beat the offside trap and it could prove to
be a very open game.