After what can only be described as a poor summer in the transfer window, and an ever worse start on the pitch, we face yet another tricky away game as we head to Anfield to face Liverpool in the Premier League.
We struggled to win against Leicester on the first day of the new season, and it took two late goals to take all three points, and then we fell to a dismal defeat on the road at Stoke last weekend.
Liverpool have also had a stuttering start with a 3-3 draw away at Watford, and a slim yet unconvincing 1-0 win over Crystal Palace last week.
It’s a fixture which has always been a tough one for us, and I think it’s fair to say, the way things have been going of late, not too many Arsenal fans are expecting to get much out of the game.
We haven’t won at Anfield in the league since 2012, you might remember we lost this game last year 3-1, when Wenger dropped Sanchez to the bench. Danny Welbeck scoring our only goal that day.
The good news however is that both Alexis Sanchez and Laurent Koscielny are both back in contention for the game which kicks off at 4pm on Sky Sports.
Sanchez has been sidelined with an abdominal injury whilst speculation about his future could also be a reason for his absence, was he dropped for wanting to leave perhaps?
Arsene Wenger has denied the player has been too affected by the speculation as still remains firm that the player won’t leave during this window:
“He has always been focused on his job, he loves to play football and I don’t think he is too disturbed by all the noises that happen…”
Laurent Koscielny, who has arguable been a worse miss than his Chilean team mate returns after serving a ban for a silly red card at the back end of last season against Everton.
The only long term absentee we now have is Santi Cazorla who posted a bit of a strange post on Instagram yesterday, saying he was one step closer to a return.
I am not confident at all about this one but I’m always one to look for the positives, and I think Sanchez will return to the scene with a bang and we’ll run out 2-1 winners to surprise everyone.
Come on you Gunners!