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Arsenal defender confident of stopping Liverpool 'SAS' partnership

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Thomas Vermaelen is convinced the Arsenal rearguard can keep Liverpool's deadly 'SAS' duo of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge quiet in Saturday's clash at the Emirates Stadium.

Although the Reds' striking partnership boasts an impressive 14 Premier League goals between them, Vermaelen is confident Arsenal, who sit top of the table, will be able to deal with the duo.

"We know them from the past. We played a lot against Luis Suarez already, and of course I know him from my time in Ajax," said Vermaelen, according to Sky Sports.

"Sturridge we played against last season. We know them both, they are playing well and quite dangerous. But now we need to keep going like we did the last couple of weeks."

Vermaelen returned to Arsene Wenger's starting line-up in Tuesday night's Capital One Cup loss to Chelsea, but is unlikely to start against Liverpool, as Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker are expected to return in defence.

The Gunners have lost two of their last three games - to Borussia Dortmund and Chelsea respectively - but the Belgian defender does not believe this will affect Saturday's performance.

"We've had a lot of big games and a defeat shouldn't take our confidence away," he said.

"We need to build on the results we had previously. We have won more games than we lost. It's disappointing but we have a big game on Saturday and I am quite confident we can win that game.

"It's really important to respond quickly. It's good the game is on Saturday, and we can respond to the defeat. We are top of the league. We should have a lot of confidence to beat Liverpool."

Arsenal are currently two points ahead of Chelsea and Liverpool at the top of the domestic table, and victory on Saturday would stretch the north London outfit's advantage of Brendan Rodgers' free-scoring side.

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