Se­ri­ous test for Gun­ners

Arse­nal hop­ing to re­store shaken con­fi­dence by beat­ing Liver­pool

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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

GETTY IM­AGES

DO IT THIS WAY: Arse­nal man­ager Arsene Wenger pleads with Jack Wil­shere dur­ing the loss against Borus­sia Dort­mund last month.

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