Liverpool vs. Arsenal: Complete Preview, Team News, Projected Lineups

Craig Davies@@cjdavies5Contributor IIIAugust 30, 2012

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 23:  Fabio Borini of Liverpool celebrates after Andrew Webster of Hearts scored an own goal during UEFA Europa League play-off first leg match between Hearts and Liverpool at Tynecastle Stadium on August 23, 2012 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
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This weekend, a contest normally undertaken between two heavyweights flying high in the Premier League, will be fought over by two sides who have struggled in the opening encounters.

Arsenal have stuttered to two draw, scoring no goals and conceding none in the process. Liverpool were demolished 3-0 on the opening to West Bromwich Albion, and can count themselves unlucky to have been held 2-2 at home to Manchester City last time out.

Both sides could well do with a victory, but how will they go about achieving this feat?


Are the Londoners now selling club? That is the accusation that has been levelled at the Emirates based sides this summer.

Big names have come and gone in summers gone by, but Arsene Wenger has made some astute signings that have so far not delivered to their full potential.

Last season Robin Van Persie led his side to victory at Anfield and this time around, a new hero will have to stand up and be counted.

It isn't expected that Wenger will chop and change his side too much after the opening games. There could be a change in goal where Vito Manone made a surprise start last time out.

Theo Walcott, who has long been linked with a move away, could come into the starting line up for Gervinho.


Following the terrible opening at the Hawthorns, Liverpool were bitterly unlucky not to triumph last time out.

Manchester City were made to look average for the large part, and Brendan Rodgers will no doubt have been impressed by what he saw.

A Europa League encounter with hearts still lies ahead, so barring any injuries the side should resemble that what started the last games.

Daniel Agger is still suspended following his sending off against West Brom, while Lucas is out yet again following another injury.

The Brazilian isn't having much luck, but Jonjo Shelvey deputised well against Roberto Mancini's side so should step into the breach again.

Another possible change could well be Jose Enrique stepping in at right-back, while Sebastian Coates continues in alongside Martin Skrtel in the heart of the defence.

The impressive Raheem Sterling should continue on the left, while Nuri Sahin could make his first involvement from the bench.


Arsenal: Wojciech Szczesny, Carl Jenkinson, Per Mertesacker, Thomas Vermaelen, Kieran Gibbs, Mikel Arteta, Abou Diaby, Theo Walcott, Santiago Cazorla, Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud.

Liverpool: Pepe Reina, Martin Kelly, Glen Johnson, Sebastian Coates, Martin Skrtel, Jonjo Shelvey, Joe Allen, Steven Gerrard, Fabio Borini, Luis Suarez, Raheem Sterling.


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