Just a brief prematch today as I’m in a rush.
Our progress this season has been mostly positive after the dreadful start of losing the first three games.
Key partnerships in defence, midfield and attack have gradually taken shape and given us grounds for optimism.
However, we are still unconvincing at times and can make heavy weather of games we should be dominating.
On paper Liverpool will be strong favourites today and a defeat for our boys is likely.
However, I watched the Scousers’ recent defeat at the hands of West Ham. They were pretty unconvincing at times in that game and looked vulnerable at the back. We certainly have the attacking personnel to hurt them if we play to the best of our abilities.
But with their in-form attackers we’ll have our work cut out to keep a clean sheet. We need Ramsdale to be on top form and for the White-Gabriel axis to continue functioning as well as it has done in many games this season.
There are late fitness questions about Aubameyang and Partey. Let’s hope they both get the nod to play.
Predicted line up:
Tomayisu – White – Gabriel – Tierney
Partey – Maitland-Niles
Saka – Lacazette – Smith Rowe
Even if we go down to defeat, the manner of losing is important. If we get thrashed there’s a danger it will damage our recent momentum; if we end up second best in a close-fought game we’ll be able to take pride and credit from it.
But I’m going for a sneaky 1-2 away win for the good guys.
Come on you Gunners!