Arsenal-Liverpool: Gunners Aim for Lucky No. 13

Ryan MaysCorrespondent IOctober 27, 2007

IconComing into the '07-'08 season, even the most dedicated Arsenal fans had to be sober in assessing the Gunners' chances.

Gone were the Invincibles of seasons past—including Thierry Henry, the face of the club, the captain, the talisman, the savior, the...

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Gilberto, Lehman, and Toure were holdovers from the dynasty, but Arsene Wenger is known for easing players—even stars—towards the exit once they reach their 30s. Worse still, Arsenal had made barely a ripple in the transfer market, nabbing only Eduardo Da Silva, Lassana Diarra, and Bacary Sagna to fill the boots of Henry, Pires, Campbell, and Veira.

But things have turned out just fine.

No team has been able to overcome the red-hot Gunnners in the young season. Pundits and fans across the country have praised Arsenal for playing "sexy" football. Wenger in his genius has assembled a young squad (average age: 24) who out-finesse and outmaneuver their opponents.

This weekend, Liverpool host Arsenal's relentless attack. The Reds have yet to lose at Anfield, and the Gunners' offensive mettle will be tested by the likes of Jamie Carragher and Pepe Reina.

Carragher has only lost five tackles all season, and Reina has only conceded five goals.

Expect the matchup of the year on Sunday, as the pairing of fiery offenses and rock-solid defenses could go either way. Whatever happens, it's sure to be one heck of a game.