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Arsenal vs Liverpool English Premier League - April 04, 2015

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Arsenal vs Liverpool - Competition: English Premier League

Arsenal continued their excellent form in 2015 with a narrow 2:1 victory over Newcastle last time out. Giroud was fantastic once again for the Gunners as the Frenchman bagged a brace and has seen his EPL goal tally up to 13 this season (tied for 5th-highest scorer with teammate, Sanchez). The win was their 6th in a row in all competitions and the Gunners have now won 14 of their 17 competitive fixtures since the turn of the calendar year. Furthermore, they have claimed victory in their last 8 PL matches at the Emirates Stadium where they have been terrific this season. Their 33 home goals in the EPL this season is bested by no one, and it’s clear things are clicking with 15 goals from their last 5 EPL home games. The Gunners have had 7 different goalscorers over this 5-game stretch, highlighting the fact that they are finally getting healthy and that they have numerous options with which to attack. However, they must be careful not to get comfortable after so much success, as Liverpool are a dangerous team that is desperate to avoid defeat this weekend. These teams drew 2:2 in the reverse fixture in Liverpool, and with so many key players missing for the visitors here, Arsenal should at the least avoid defeat in the early match.
Liverpool shot themselves in the foot last season when the term came down to the wire, though this time they won’t be battling for the title but rather a top 4 place and the consequential UCL berth that comes with it. Their performance against Man United before the international break was self-inflicted and shambolic, as Gerrard lost his composure and picked up a straight red card for a stomp on Ander Herrera. The dismissal left the Reds’ hopes in tatters, and while Daniel Sturridge gave them belief by bringing the score back to 2:1 with 20 minutes to play, they eventually succumbed to their arch-rivals. Now at 5 points back from the top 4 the visitors must churn out a top-drawer performance at the Emirates Stadium, and good news is on the way as Sterling and Lallana are expected to play through their respective injuries. However, the retroactive suspension of Martin Skrtel–Liverpool’s best defender this season–could prove decisive in Saturday’s outcome. Dejan Lovren (questionable) has hardly been impressive since coming over from Southampton and the visitors’ defence could have problems against the highest scoring home team in the English Premier League this season.

Arsenal last 5 matches:
04/03/15 QPR 1 – 2 Arsenal
09/03/15 Man United 1 – 2 Arsenal
14/03/15 Arsenal 3 – 0 West Ham
17/03/15 AS Monaco 0 – 2 Arsenal
21/03/15 Newcastle United 1 – 2 Arsenal

Liverpool last 5 matches:
01/03/15 Liverpool 2 – 1 Manchester City
04/03/15 Liverpool 2 – 0 Burnley
08/03/15 Liverpool 0 – 0 Blackburn
16/03/15 Swansea City 0 – 1 Liverpool
22/03/15 Liverpool 1 – 2 Man United

Match date: 04 April 2015
Kick Off Time: 12:45 BST
Venue: Emirates Stadium, London  

You can watch the match here: Link 1 , Link 2 [Live Scores]

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