Serious test for Gunners
Arsenal hoping to restore shaken confidence by beating Liverpool
ARSENE Wenger’s Arsenal side face a major examination of their Premier League title credentials when they face Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium today after successive home defeats.
The Gunners go into the latest round of matches at the top of the table, two points clear of their opponents and Chelsea who face Newcastle earlier in the day.
But their confidence has been hit by back-to-back home losses to Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League and a greedy and when you have a team-mate well placed on the pitch, in a good position, you have to assist him.
“Strikers are judged on their goals but we must also provide assists and that is what I always try to do; help my teammates.”
Meanwhile Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson believes the club have the opportunity to make a statement to the rest of the Premier League against Arsenal.
The Reds head south in good form following a convincing 4-1 victory over West Brom at Anfield last weekend.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has refused to entertain talk of a serious title challenge with only a quarter of the season having elapsed.
But Henderson, 23, admits a positive result at the Emirates would certainly make the other teams in the division sit up and take serious notice of Liverpool’s credentials.
“Confidence is very high at the minute,” Henderson said.
“We’ve started the season very well, but there’s still room for improvement and we’re still going to push and try to become better as a team.
“Hopefully, we can keep doing what we’ve been doing and we can go to the Emirates and get a good result.
“They’re all tough games in the Premier League and Arsenal have been flying of late. But so have we, so I think it will be a good game to watch and hopefully we can get a good result.
“It would send out a message to the rest of the teams that we’re here and we mean business.”
Meanwhile, unbeaten in six matches, Manchester United are finally starting to build some momentum after a poor start to the season, manager David Moyes said yesterday ahead of today’s trip to Fulham.
“We’ve started to string together one or two half-decent results and hopefully that will build a bit of momentum,” Moyes said. “We’ve been a bit up and down, winning one then losing one, so we’ll hopefully try and get into a bit more consistency.” – Sapa-AFP
DO IT THIS WAY: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger pleads with Jack Wilshere during the loss against Borussia Dortmund last month.