Arsenal: Predicted XI v Liverpool

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Arsenal bounced back from their opening day defeat last weekend but face a tough challenge against perfect Liverpool on Monday night.

After the disastrous defeat to West Ham United, Arsene Wenger's side got back to winning ways against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park and will be looking to pick up their first home victory against the Reds.

Defensive stability

Petr Cech had a nightmare debut for the Gunners against the Hammers, but was much-improved against the Eagles and is still the best option by some distance between the sticks.


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Wenger has revealed in his pre-match press conference that there are no new injury concerns and that means the same back four should start against Brendan Rodgers' side. That means Hector Bellerin continues at right-back ahead of Mathieu Debuchy, with Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny and Nacho Monreal completing the defence.

Ahead of them, Francis Coquelin has become a mainstay in the line-up, whilst Aaron Ramsey has also started the first two games of the season ahead of Mikel Arteta and is likely to do so again at the Emirates Stadium.

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Speed demons?

Ahead of them, Alexis Sanchez is a certainty after Wenger revealed he's now up to full fitness, whilst Santi Cazorla and Mesut Ozil can alternate positions when required. That leaves Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain among the substitutes once again.

Up-front, Olivier Giroud is normally the obvious choice but giving Theo Walcott the nod might be the best move Wenger can make against Martin Skrtel and Dejan Lovren. His pace could prove to be the difference between the two sides.

Arsenal predicted XI v Liverpool:

Cech; Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal; Coquelin, Ramsey; Sanchez, Cazorla, Ozil; Walcott.

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