Arsenal receive injury blow ahead of their clash with Liverpool

From Thierry Henry's ridiculous hat-trick in Arsenal 4-2 victory at Highbury in 2004 to Liverpool's 4-3 victory at the Emirates on the opening weekend of the 2016/17 campaign.

This is the first encounter between the two sides this season.

The Senegal worldwide tapped home after Roberto Firmino had hit the post but his effort was chalked off even though he was behind the ball, having initially been offside when the move started.

Klopp said: "I think it was a goal, it should have been a goal". I also believe it'll be a game of very high technical quality, two teams playing really well. He has been nursing an injury to his wrist for the last couple of weeks, and he was seen wearing a splint to training.

"It's a pity that it didn't count, we made a few more mistakes tonight than the ref, but it would have been nice if that goal counted".

The Spaniard has guided Arsenal to 12 wins from their last 13 games in all competitions but did start his tenure with losses against City and Chelsea.

"Not happy because the result was not good at the end".

"We wanted to win but the performance is good, we push and we work the match, doing our tactics and with our supporters pushing us with energy". We didn't do anything special, we expect from ourselves that we win football games. Last season's top scorer Salah has four in his last three, Mane netted a brace against Cardiff last time out and Firmino ended a mini goal-drought with his strike against Red Star. "I knew before it would be hard". "Those two matches [against City and Chelsea], they are so far away, and also they are so near. Every day we need to be very, very prepared for each match". Tactically they do very well and it was hard to win against them.

"It was a good test for us".

"But if they can't play, we are going to use another player. But we want to enjoy winning".

Such a leap might only be temporary, but with Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur facing hard tests against Liverpool and Wolverhampton Wanderers respectively later in the day, it is not beyond the realms of possibility that Eddie Howe's side could end the weekend in the Champions League places. I need also to smile at other moments.

Chelsea's reward for seeing off Derby, managed by one of their most decorated players Frank Lampard, is a home tie with Bournemouth.

"Maybe today we are more near those teams".

  • Julie Sanders