Arsenal vs Liverpool: Match Preview

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Szczesny, Sagna, Vermaelen, Koscielny, Jenkinson, Frimpong, Ramsey, Nasri, Arshavin, Walcott, Van Persie
Substitues: Fabianski, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ryo, Miquel, Chamakh, Lansbury, Bendtner

Liverpool: Reina; Kelly Carragher Agger Enrique, Henderson Lucas, Adam, Downing, Carroll, Kuyt
Substitutes: Doni, Flanagan, Skrtel, Meireles, Spearing, Suarez, Maxi

Arsenal vs Liverpool
Emirates Stadium
Saturday, August 20th: 12:45
Barclays Premier League

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Arsenal's mid-week exploits in the Champions League saw both Keiran Gibbs and Johan Djourou pick up hamstring injuries which rules them out of the visit of Liverpool, while Tomas Rosicky and Armand Traore also miss out.

Long term absentees Jack Wilshere and Abou Diaby remain sidelined, while new signing Gervinho and Alex Song both begin three-match bans following incidents during last weeks draw with Newcastle United.

Kenny Dalglish's side will definitely be without Steven Gerrard, while Glen Johnson is a major doubt.

Wenger hints at Nasri inclusion

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he'll have no hesitation in including Samir Nasri in his plans for the lunchtime visit of Liverpool, despite the attacking midfielder being reportedly on the brink of joining Manchester City.

Roberto Mancini confirmed on Friday that a deal for Nasri was close, but with The Gunners low on numbers in midfield, with Alex Song suspended and Jack Wilshere and Abou Diaby both injured Wenger appears tempted to include the unsettled Frenchman.

Wenger was also quick to back up his transfer strategy, which he said was as good as any manager in the Barclays Premier League.

"One thing I don't question is the commitment of Samir Nasri to this club," he said. "Every day since he has arrived here, every day in pre-season, he has worked with a fantastic spirit in training.

"The fans will want Arsenal to play well and win the game. They do not make an individual case of each player in each position. They want good players and to win the football game.

"If you look at the players we have brought in, you will notice very soon we have bought top quality players," he added. "We have not lost so many players - we have lost big players but, number wise, we should be capable to do well. If we find quality, we will add, and we work very hard on it. We want to add top quality.

Liverpool travel to the Emirates in search for their first win at Arsenal in 11 years, and Kenny Dalglish believes that his side are due a win in the wake of the departure of Cesc Fabregas.

The Gunners' injury crisis, combined with suspension to Alex Song and Gervinho means Liverpool will rarely have a better opportunity to end a sequence of 14 away matches without a win over their north London opponents.


"Maybe we're due for a win," said Dalglish.

"But it is not going to make it any easier for us because they have lost Fabregas, Nasri is unlikely to be playing and they have a couple of suspensions.

"It will still be a difficult game for us. Arsenal have been most football fans' second team because they play great football and are entertaining to watch.

"Unfortunately they have not won anything for six years and that is the monkey they would love to have off their back.

"But they are still a team I have the greatest respect for and so we go in there and hopefully we can make it as difficult for them as they will for us.

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