Mikel Arteta’s side are currently in Dubai on a warm-weather training camp in the hope of turning their season around after the break. Arsenal have won just won of their last seven games in all competitions, with their last two games in the Premier League ending in defeat.
The Gunners fell to a 2-0 defeat against West Ham United at the Emirates Stadium, followed by a 2-1 defeat away to Fulham. Mikel Arteta’s side are going through a bit of a rough patch after such a strong start to the season which included victories over Manchester United and Manchester City.
Arsenal currently sit in fourth position in the Premier League, five points off the leaders Liverpool. The good news for the Gunners is they’re only just over halfway through the season, so there’s still time to turn it around and potentially win their first league title in 20 years, which was the aim at the beginning of the campaign.
If they’re to do that, the game against Liverpool at the Emirates after the break is HUGE. Arsenal have to win that game to bridge the gap on Jurgen Klopp’s side and they’ve been handed a big boost ahead of the fixture on the 4th February.
With AFCON taking place, Liverpool’s most important player Mohamed Salah is currently away on international duty. With Egypt one of the favourites to win the competition, if they are to get to the final it would mean Salah would miss the game at the Emirates Stadium in early February.
However it gets even better for Arsenal. Trent Alexander-Arnold has recently suffered an injury to his knee which is set to keep him out for three weeks. If that is the case then he will also miss the big title clash in early February.
Liverpool assistant manager Pep Ljinders on Trent’s injury: “Trent hyperextended his knee, so he has a little tear in the lateral ligament of his knee. He had a scan. He will be out for probably three weeks. It’s a big blow. We will really miss him.”
With no Trent or Salah Liverpool are a completely different side. They’re still one of the best teams in the league regardless, but Arsenal will go into the game hugely confident they can get a result and get their title charge back on track.