Arsenal may have had some awful games against teams their reserves could beat this season. But Arsenal always seem ready for the big games this season, having already done away with Manchester united and Chelsea. Arsenal now face leaders Liverpool.
If Arsenal want to win their first Premiership trophy in five years they cannot drop a single point for the remaining 21 matches. Arsenal can only settle for a win against Rafa Benitez's side which boasts 11 games and one loss, not to mention 26 goals and only 11 conceded.
It will be a tough game but Arsenal welcome back their Manchester hero Samir Nasri. Nasri will make the left wing extremely dangerous with his speed, tricks and balance. This will also mean that Abou Diaby can play in his more comfortable position in central midfield. Another boost is that Nicklas Bendter is injured which means Carlos Vela has a serious chance to show his worth and earn him a full time place as the third choice striker until Eduardo returns.
A win is vital against the Reds as they will only be five points off the leaders if Chelsea lose. There is also a great chance for revenge if the Gunners can win. The Reds knocked Arsene Wengers boys out of the Champions League quarter finals earlier this year and a win could be the perfect chance to spoil Benitez's fun.
A loss on the other hand would mean that Arsenal's title chances are truly lost for this season and Arsenal could spend the rest of the season battling for the vital fourth spot.
It would also mean that Arsenal would only have the Champions League and FA Cup as their last remaining chance of a trophy in four years.
Almumia, Sanga, Gallas, Djourou, Clichy, Denilson, Fabregas, Diaby, Nasri, van Persie, Adebayor. Substitues: Fabianski, Ramsey, Whilshere, Vela, Song, Silvestre, Gibbs.
Arsenal have a strong squad and are capable of beating every team in the league. But unfortunately injury has hampered the squad from being phenomenal with the likes of: Tomas Rosicky, Kolo Toure, Theo Walcott and Eduardo who are all regulars and world class players, out with injury. But once the team has returned to full fitness the Arsenal squad will be stronger than ever.
I am hopefull that Aaron Ramsey, Jack Whilshere and Carlos Vela, all fantastic youngsters get a go to prove their worth.
I am confident Arsenal will snatch the win due to the fact Wenger would have prepared and hyped the boys up. I expect big games from Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri and the strikers Robin van Persie and Emmanuel Adebayor.
My prediction 2-1 to Arsenal but with Liverpool scoring first.
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