Arse­nal face acid test against Liver­pool

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Unai Emery’s Arse­nal have come a long way since los­ing their first two Pre­mier League games of the sea­son and they face a ma­jor test of their cre­den­tials with the visit of un­beaten Liver­pool this af­ter­noon.

Jur­gen Klopp’s side, sec­ond in the league stand­ings on goal dif­fer­ence be­hind Manch­ester City, have only dropped points against the cham­pi­ons and Chelsea in their open­ing 10 matches as they bid for a first topflight ti­tle since 1990.

Those same sides in­flicted de­feats on Arse­nal in Emery’s first matches in charge af­ter tak­ing over from long-stand­ing French coach Arsene Wenger.

The Gun­ners quickly adapted to the Spaniard’s meth­ods, how­ever, win­ning 11 games in a row in all com­pe­ti­tions in a run only halted by a 2-2 draw at Crys­tal Palace on Sun­day.

Yet Liver­pool boast a pro­lific strike force with Mo­hamed Salah back among the goals and Emery will hope key de­fender Hec­tor Bel­lerin can re­cover from a mus­cu­lar prob­lem.

The Vi­tal­ity Sta­dium has been a happy hunt­ing ground for Ed­die Howe’s Bournemouth as they are un­beaten at home this sea­son and have moved into sixth place in the ta­ble.

Their last de­feat there was in April against Satur­day’s op­po­nents Manch­ester United, which fea­tured a goal from Romelu Lukaku who will be look­ing to end his cur­rent drought of nine matches in all com­pe­ti­tions with­out scor­ing.

United are lan­guish­ing in eighth place af­ter a poor start to the sea­son but they did se­cure a morale-boost­ing vic­tory on Sun­day over Ever­ton, who will look to bounce back at home to Brighton & Hove Al­bion.

Marco Silva’s side will have to find a way to stop in-form striker Glenn Murray who has scored six of Brighton’s 11 goals this cam­paign, help­ing them to 11th in the stand­ings, one point be­hind Ever­ton.

Sand­wiched be­tween those two are Wolver­hamp­ton Wan­der­ers who have slipped to two suc­ces­sive de­feats af­ter im­press­ing early on. They wel­come Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur on Satur­day.

Su­per Ea­gles and Arse­nal striker, Alex Iwobi cel­e­brates af­ter scor­ing for his club in the English Pre­mier League

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