No, it’s not the fact that they will be low on confidence after bowing out in the Champions League despite spending £120m in the summer.
No, it’s not the matter of their toothless defeat at the hands of a not-so-ruthless United, even if that will make their confidence lower still.
It’s not the even issue of their manager taking over the reins passed down from Allardyce, through Pardew and to Wenger as the League’s exclusive league of embattled bosses.
Arsenal’s visit to Liverpool next week is all about effacing the memories of that shabby performance of last season, and not only are we boosted with their loss of Suarez and injury to Sturridge, which has seen them short of the goals in attack, they are set to even be more leaky in defence with England defender, Glen Johnson, set to be sidelined for that encounter according to reports.
Johnson came off in the first half of their defeat to United on Sunday afternoon due a groin injury and may not recover in time to be selected for the crunch tie. The ex-Chelsea and Portsmouth man seems to still have the faith of Brendan Rodgers as one of the key figures in the Liverpool dressing room, even if he has all but lost his place in the England squad to emerging youngsters, including Arsenal’s Calum Chambers.
The 30-year old has been trusted by the Kop boss as one of the leaders in the team, as this is his sixth season with the Reds since joining from Pompey in 2009. Though recently very prone to giving away possession to the opponents, he still forms the base of the Liverpool back four, while his attacking instincts are still of great value to their attacking style.
It will only be a help to Wenger who himself has had to contend with the sporadic injuries which has bedeviled his bid of knitting a balanced and consistent team. the appearance of Mattieu Debuchy yesterday at center half marked the 9th time we have had to play with a different back four this season, without being able to put out the preferred quartet of Debuchy, Mertesacker, Koscielny and Gibbs even for once, in any competition. While Koscielny may not be back for the Liverpool game, Calum Chambers should be available again after serving a one-match suspension for the red card picked up at Stoke.
It’s the nature of this game that you will have to suppress your sympathies for your opposition, at least until you’ve got the result you want against them. Barely 6 months ago, Liverpool look like they would finally win a Premier League title, but a victory for us next weekend – which we must get – will leave them 8 points behind us and 10 away from 4th.
On-loan Atletico Madrid defender, Javier Manquillo, if fit, would be the natural replacement to the injured Johnson, in what will present us with a great opportunity to capitalize on a weakened defence, which already boasts shambolic displays from a ridiculously overpriced, Dejan Lovren.
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