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Sunday, 16 February 2014

Arsenal: Can The Gunners avenge their Anfield mauling?

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Last weekend Arsenal were ripped apart by a rampant Liverpool at Anfield in the league. The final score read 5-1, but in all honesty it could have been double that as Arsenal's defence just couldn't cope with the pace, power and movement of Sturridge, Suarez, Sterling and co.

This afternoon the Gunners have the chance to avenge that horrific display, but has Wenger learnt what went wrong on Merseyside?

The Frenchman has never been noted for his tactical nous. He has a brand of football and is committed to it. Wenger is not like Mourinho who can spot problem areas and resolve them with a well timed substitution. No, Wenger is loyal to his system and believes it will overcome any challenge.

Defensively Arsenal were all at sea last weekend. Mertesacker looked like a horse on its way to the glue factory. But he wasn't alone. The midfield failed to switch on, track back and follow their men. Arsenal, who were league leaders going into that game, looked more like a Scottish League 2 side - although they would have shown more fight.

Arsenal have a decent record at home to Liverpool but the visitors have hit a rich vein of form and confidence is high. They are only four points off leaders Chelsea and fancy themselves as an outside bet for the title.

Liverpool would love to get their hands on the FA Cup again. They haven't won it since winning that epic final against West Ham in 2006. But of course the Gunners are keen to win anything to end their nine-year trophy drought. Although they are fighting on three fronts, the FA Cup is arguably their best shot at glory.

So will Arsenal gain revenge or will Liverpool pile the misery on the Gunners?

SQF Prediction: 3-2

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