Match Preview: Arsenal v Liverpool [FA Cup]

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By Bala

Rancor, requital, retribution – the words that will be spewed with spite and implacability by the Arsenal faithful when Liverpool, the team that annihilated them a week earlier visit the Emirates for the FA cup 5th round.

Arsene Wenger had said that Liverpool are the ideal opponent cause it would be an opportunity to put things right.

Yes Arsenal have to right the wrongs.

A win would see Arsenal progressing into the quarter final and by all means into the final no disrespect but other than City, Arsenal are head and shoulders above the rest of the teams.

Liverpool will be looking to play in the minds of the Arsenal players and put them under immense pressure early on in the game. Should be a fascinating one.

ARSENAL-WWDWLD

The response to that game at Anfield wasn’t ideal but neither was it dispiriting. Arsenal couldn’t dislodge the parked United bus but they found their defensive stability.

With Bayern Munich looming large Arsene hinted that he would rest some players. Sensible but an unfavorable result wouldn’t go down well with the supporters.

Mathieu Flamini returns after suspension however Santi Cazorla is all but ruled out with illness.1 in 1 out.Come on, you have got to expect this at Arsenal.

Lukas Podolski and Serge Gnabry may start but I doubt Arsene will go with two wingers. Jack Wilshere if he starts should put in a much improved performance otherwise I am afraid he could lose his place when Rambo returns.

LIVERPOOL- WDWDWW

Liverpool are riding the crest of a wave at the moment and their last minute win at Fulham puts them back in the title race (urgh,you just got to live with certain things). Daniel Agger returns to the squad.

Liverpool will press high up the pitch and with Steven Gerrard spraying the passes to Suarez, Sturridge and Sterling they pose a huge threat on the counter. I really hate “S’s”.

Coutinho has been excellent in recent weeks and he has to be marked and when given time on the ball he can punish you.

MAN TO WATCH

Arsenal – Lukas Podolski

The German has been struggling to get games lately and if he doesn’t start tomorrow you got to question his role and future at the club. We have found it hard to score goals recently and who better to buck the trend than our ever smiling German.Come on Poldi Pulverize the Scousers. #poldi#afc#quarter final#aha #Gunners.

Liverpool- Steven Gerrard

The Liverpool captain has been sensational and he also has an admirer in the Arsenal manager. He may not be that dynamic a player he once was but he has adapted himself to his new role as the deep lying playmaker with aplomb. With his wide range of passing and his improved tackling, he is Liverpool’s heartbeat.

The game will not be similar to the one at Anfield. A different ball game altogether. Arsenal should start strongly and I don’t see them losing a lead. The Gunners are so strong defensively at home and have kept 11 clean sheets in their last 13 home games in all competitions.

The fans should be behind the team and any moans or groans are not going to help. We are atleast on paper fighting on three fronts and (say it quietly) we have the slightest of chances to do the treble. You never know. Believe. COYG

Prediction: Arsenal 2 v Liverpool 0

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