Arsenal cemented their position as title challengers this season with their dominating 3-1 win over Spurs. Arteta’s side have won 7 of their first 8 league games and had a comfortable 3-0 win in midweek against Bodo/Glimt where they were able to rest plenty of players. Arsenal have only played 2 of the top 6 so far this season, beating Spurs and losing 3-1 to Manchester United so it is yet to be seen which side of them will come out against Liverpool. Saliba against whichever striker Liverpool start will be a great battle, as will Trent Alexander- Arnold against Martinelli.
Liverpool may have beaten Rangers in midweek but there is no doubt confidence will still be low in the Liverpool camp. Klopp will at least be happy with the form of Firmino when he has come in and he will most likely start again in this match. Liverpool are actually unbeaten in their last 8 matches against Arsenal in all competitions and Liverpool have won their last 3 matches in all competitions there. If Liverpool are to resurrect their season, a win here would be the perfect kickstart.
Arsenal v Liverpool Hot Shot Tips
Luis Diaz to have 1+ Shots on Target
The main area where Arsenal have conceded chances this season are in wide positions in transition. For Liverpool, they have all the capabilities of exploiting this. Liverpool love to switch the ball and with their pacey attack they will find space in Arsenal’s defence. Luis Diaz has been phenomenal for Liverpool this season, arguably their best player. He has averaged 1.26 shots on target per 90 minutes and I think he will get lots of chances to run at Arsenal’s defence, he can cut in and shoot from outside the box or get chances from inside the opposition area. He has had at least 1 shot on target in 4 out of Liverpool’s 7 matches in the league this season and will be up against Ben White. While White has been playing at right back a lot for Arsenal, he is not a natural right back and Diaz will be able to exploit any weaknesses in his defending.
I see Diaz finding himself in plenty of space and he will be able to have at least 1 shot on target in this match.
Gabriel Martinelli to have 1+ Shots on Target
Martinelli has flourished for Arsenal this season, he has averaged a goal contribution every other match. Martinelli has averaged 1.3 shots on target per 90 in the Premier League this season, averaging over 3 shots per match. Martinelli has been playing on the left wing this season for Arsenal and will be up against Trent Alexander-Arnold. There has been a lot of talk about Alexander-Arnold’s performances this year and eyes will be on him again in this match against one of the leagues in-form players.
With Saka on the other wing, Arsenal send in-swinging crosses into the box and Martinelli has often had chances from crosses where he has taken up a position behind the opposition full-back. With Trent’s lack of defensive awareness, Martinelli will have opportunities from these situations as well as from other areas of the pitch and so I am backing him to have a shot on target.
Roberto Firmino to have 1+ Shots on Target
When called upon Firmino has been very good this season. He is averaging 1.73 goals and assists per 90 in the league this season and looks to be Klopp’s favoured option up front at the moment. Firmino has averaged 2.59 shots on target per 90 in the league this season and last season averaged 1 shot on target per 90 despite his limited game time affecting any momentum. Firmino’s record against Arsenal is brilliant, he has scored more goals against Arsenal than any other team with 9 goals and if he scores in this match, he will become the top scorer in this Premier League fixture.
From centre- forward, Kane had 2 shots on target against Arsenal, Toney had 2 shots and should have hit the target and Rashford had 2 shots on target. Arsenal often give away these chances to opposition strikers and with Firmino’s history against Arsenal he will have the confidence to get a shot on target in this match.
Granit Xhaka to have 1+ Shots on Target
Granit Xhaka has had an incredible turnaround at Arsenal, when he was removed as captain no one would have seen him having his best season in terms of goal contributions for the club this year with 2 goals and 3 assists already this season. Xhaka has averaged 1.05 shots per match and has only had 0.25 per match on target per 90. However, he is getting more freedom as he starts to understand the more attacking role he is now allowed to play. With Partey and Sambi Lokonga both alongside him, they provide the defensive cover while Xhaka can push forwards. This new role saw him score against Spurs in the North London Derby. 56% of Brighton xG came from central attacks against Liverpool and a lack of depth in this position means the central area for Liverpool is where they concede a lot of shots.
While Xhaka is by no means a favourite for a shot on target, I think he is undervalued at 3.25 so I am backing him to have a shot on target in this match.
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