Two of the Premier League’s early pace-setters, Arsenal and Liverpool meet in Saturday’s late kick-off at the Emirates Stadium.
For Arsenal, it is the beginning of a testing run of fixtures in the Premier League and the Champions League, with many seeing this game along with upcoming visits to Borussia Dortmund and Manchester United as a true test of their capability to challenge for major honours this season. Recent home defeats to Dortmund and Chelsea have raised questions over whether they can compete against elite opposition.
Liverpool produced probably their best performance of the season last time out as they comfortably saw off West Bromwich Albion. Luis Suarez overwhelmed the Baggies with a hat-trick, and a lot of the attention will be on the Uruguayan on Saturday as he faces the club that tried to sign him over the summer, a sub-plot that will offer even more intrigue to the proceedings.
During the week, Arsenal were dealt a major blow with the news that Mathieu Flamini will miss the next few games after being taken off early in the win at Crystal Palace. He misses out, along with Theo Walcott, Serge Gnabry, Yaya Sanogo, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lukas Podolski and Abou Diaby. Mikel Arteta returns from a one-match ban.
Philippe Coutinho should make his comeback after a six-week absence, although Jose Enrique remains sidelined after missing the previous two games.
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