Arsenal face probably their biggest test of the season so far as they host Liverpool in the Premier League at the Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners have already beaten top-four rivals Tottenham Hotspur and lost away at Manchester United so far this campaign. But for the first time, they are facing one of last season’s title contenders, knowing a victory will take them back to the top of the table following Manchester City’s win over Southampton.
Despite the fact that Jurgen Klopp’s side have not had the best of starts to the campaign, Sunday’s game will not be a straightforward one for Arsenal by any means as manager Mikel Arteta will be all too wary of the threat the Reds pose, especially in attack with the likes of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota available for selection.
With that in mind, it’s absolutely essential that the Spaniard gets his team selection for the game spot on. There could be one major decision for the Gunners manager to make, with Oleksandr Zinchenko emerging as a doubt after missing the midweek win over Bodo/Glimt in the Europa League
Thankfully for Arteta, football.london’s Arsenal writers Kaya Kaynak, Tom Canton, Tashan Deniran-Alleyne and Bailey Keogh, are on hand to offer up some assistance. Below, they take a look at who they think should be starting for the home side in Sunday’s clash against Liverpool.
Kaya Kaynak – Chief Arsenal correspondent
Despite a positive result, there weren’t too many displays that I think threatened the first team in Thursday night’s win over Bodo/Glimt.
Perhaps the one player who could be brought in is Kieran Tierney, given that Oleksandr Zinchenko was absent from the squad altogether against the Norwegian champions and missed training prior. The Ukrainian’s composure on the ball could be essential to combat Liverpool’s high press, though, so if he’s fit. I’d play him.
Thomas Partey will be equally important to Arsenal’s ability to get a result of any kind, and alongside Granit Xhaka and Martin Odegaard, he will be hopeful of providing the technical quality that can outdo Liverpool’s more functional midfield.
Up front I’d make no changes to the front three, who are yet to be kept quiet by any defence in the Premier League this season. Gabriel Martinelli, Gabriel Jesus and Bukayo Saka have all been amazing so far, and they’ll need to be at their best yet again if Arsenal are to claim victory on Sunday.
Kaynak’s Arsenal XI vs Liverpool: Ramsdale; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Partey, Xhaka, Odegaard; Saka, Jesus, Martinelli