Preview: Gunners can go seven points clear with a victory on Sunday
Whether you believe it or not, at the moment, Arsenal may be starting to change some doubters into believers. With a four point gap at the top of the table, the North London side will have a chance to jump out to a seven point lead, if they are to overcome a very confident and strong Everton side.
After losing their match at Old Trafford, Arsene Wenger's side has rebounded well, having won their last three Premier League matches.
Preview: Both sides enter this match off motivating victories
Few people would have expected Arsenal to be top of the Premier League table after 13 matches, but the truth is that they have deserved it thus far. Great collective play, fighting spirit, and five cleansheets in their last six matches have contributed to their brilliant start.
Despite their injury concerns, the Gunners have managed to remain competitive. The absences of Theo Walcott, Lukas Podolski and Oxlade-Chamberlain were just three of the injuries Arsene Wenger has had to deal with.
Preview: Arsenal out to gun down the Blue Birds
Arsenal will travel to Wales to take on Cardiff City, in a match that will have some significant meaning for Aaron Ramsey. The Welsh captain spent all of his youth career at the club, as well as two seasons at the senior level before he was transferred to Arsenal in June of 2008.
He will now get a chance to showcase his talent, and the timing could not be better. Ramsey is off to a flying start, as he has already scored 11 goals in 20 appearances for Arsenal this season.
Preview: Arsenal a win away from UCL Last 16 qualification
Arsene Wenger has put together an impressive streak with Arsenal in European Football, and on Tuesday, a victory will allow him to continue that. If the Gunners are able to get the full three points against Marseille, the English side will book their place in the next round of the competition.
When the initial draw for the competition came out, Group F was dubbed as the group of death. With a Napoli side that had just made some new acquisitions, and UCL Finalist Borussia Dortmund, not many analysts gave Arsenal a chance of progressing.
Preview: Interesting clash between First and Third
Before the season started, it is more than likely that no one would have circled this match on the calendar. As the Gunners and Saints prepare for their match at the Emirates on Saturday, the final result of this match will have serious implications at the top of the EPL standings.
Arsenal has started the season in brilliant fashion, having won eight matches from a possible 11. A draw and two losses were the only slip-ups Arsene Wenger's side has had, and he will be hoping that his squad can avoid a negative result against Southampton.
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Matchday 5 kicks off with a bang on FOX Sports. Four teams have already qualified. They are Group D’s Bayern Munich and Manchester City, Group G’s Atletico Madrid and Group H’s Barcelona.
Manchester United, Real Madrid, PSG and Chelsea have been tipped to soon join them in the Round of 16. Struggling Italian giants Milan are in danger of missing crashing out of the tournament while Arsenal, Napoli and last season’s runners up Borussia Dortmund are in a fierce contest for only two knockout stage tickets.
As per FIFA rules, clubs are allowed to seek compensation for their players injured while playing for the national team. The reimbursement is directly linked with the wages the player earns with his club.
However the payments will definitely serve managers no purpose who will have to make adjustments in the absence of their star players.
Let us take a look at some of the players who suffered injuries during the international week and how their respective teams will cope without them.
Preview: Arsenal could head into this match as favorites for the first time in a while
The last time Arsenal took points from a match with Manchester United at Old Trafford was in 2009, when they drew 0-0. At the time, Robin van Persie was still an Arsenal player, while Manchester United still had Cristiano Ronaldo on their squad.
On Sunday, Van Persie will take the field as a United player, but the hosts are struggling to find consistency in their game. One big absence for the hosts will be one Sir Alex Ferguson.
Preview: Every point is important in this three horse race
When the Gunners took the pitch in their first meeting with Borussia Dortmund, fans were breathing an air of confidence. And despite knowing that they were up against last year's UEFA Champions League finalists, with the acquisition of Mesut Özil, these Arsenal fans and players look much more confident.
Unfortunately for the North London side, a few mental lapses saw them fall at home in a 1-2 scoreline, but that did not change anything within the squad.
Preview: Tough clash at a tough time for Arsenal
The Gunners are eager to put on a great show at the Emirates Stadium this evening, following the 2-0 loss to Chelsea in the Capital One Cup in midweek. That was a rather disappointing result looking at the team’s current hot form. At the end of the day, Jose Mourinho’s tactical tricks and the players’ great execution on the field proved too strong for Arsene Wenger’s side to overcome.
Arsenal’s fixture list is very tough, with a crucial UEFA Champions League battle away to Borussia Dortmund coming up next week. As of now though, the focus is on keeping maximum points at home against Liverpool.
Historically both the teams have defied one another of title winning opportunities on a number of occasions. After being out of the limelight for quite some time both Liverpool and Arsenal have made strong starts to the new campaign and are in contention for a league title. Both the teams will be aiming to gain maximum points in a bid to further enhance their chances of a Premier League crown this season.
Here we take a look at five matches in the recent past which truly define the rivalry between the two English giants.
Liverpool 0-2 Arsenal: May 26, 1989
Preview: Gunners looking for first win over Chlesea in two years
Last time Arsene Wenger’s men got the better of Chelsea was back in October 2011, when a Robin Van Persie hat-trick guided the Gunners to a 5-3 victory in a scintillating encounter at the Stamford Bridge. Since then the Blues have had the upper hand scoring two wins and a draw in the three subsequent matches played between the two sides.
However Arsenal seem to be a completely different team this time around and the Gunners would be hoping to make full use of their good from. Wenger’s men have only lost twice this season, once against Aston Villa in the opening fixture and then against Borussia Dortmund in their last Champions League encounter.
Preview: Arsenal must take advantage of instability
Ian Holloway did a fine job guiding Crystal Palace to the English top flight, but after a poor start to the campaign, both parties have gone their separate ways. A heavy defeat at home against Fulham was the final straw, and now the Eagles will prepare to take on league leaders Arsenal.
Palace has only managed one victory from their eight EPL matches, but they enter Saturday's match on a five match losing streak.
From their four home matches this season, they have conceded eight goals, while only scoring four. And mind you, three of those goals came in one match, when they earned a 3-1 victory over Sunderland.
Preview: The absence of Mathieu Flamini could be a key factor
When Arsenal announced the signing of former AC Milan midfielder Mathieu Flamini, the club's fans were not all that impressed. But the reality of it is that Flamini has been an unsung hero for the Gunners, taking on a role that had not been filled since his departure in 2008.
Having picked up a concussion against Norwich City on Saturday, Arsene Wenger has confirmed his absence in Tuesday's Champions League match.
"He is doing well," Wenger told Arsenal's official website. "He has practiced normally but we will not play him because there is a five-day rule that we will respect. We will not take any chances. It was a concussion and the doctor advised us not to play him. He will be ok for the weekend," the French manager added.
Preview: Positive performance needed ahead of important UCL match
Since Arsenal lost their opening day match at home against Aston Villa, they have never looked back. Arsene Wenger's side has put together five victories and one draw in the EPL, and they will look to continue that form on Saturday.
They will welcome Chris Hughton's Norwich side, who has been struggling as of late.
Currently 18th in the EPL standings, the Canaries have only managed two victories from seven matches. Another negative stat will be the fact that they have scored just five goals, while conceding nine. Looking at their negative four goal difference, a meeting with Arsenal's offense at the Emirates could be a serious cause for concern.
Preview: A penalty shoot-out will not help the Gunners on Sunday
Arsenal took on West Brom just a few weeks ago in a match where they featured a number of youth players. The Gunners were not at their best, but somehow, someway, they managed to leave the Hawthorns with a crucial victory.
A penalty shoot-out was needed after both sides played 120 minutes which ended in a 1-1 draw, but on Sunday, both sides will only get 90 minutes to take care of business.
The Gunners went into the weekend top of the Premier League, but a victory from Liverpool has Arsene Wenger's squad second. Three points on Sunday would put Arsenal back on top, but those three points will not come easy.
Preview: Great match guaranteed at the Emirates with two high-flying teams
When these two sides last met, there were a number of uncertainties in the Arsenal squad. Who was going to come into the squad ahead of the transfer window closing? Was Arsene Wenger going to be able to get rid of the players who have failed to impress?
Now that we are into October and the transfer window has come to a close, Arsenal fans have a permanent smile from ear to ear, but how long will that last?
Their club is first in the English Premier League, they are playing well, and their current run of form is very promising. With a 12 match win streak away from home, Arsenal will look to continue their positive results with another victory at the Emirates, this time against Rafa Benitez's Napoli side.
Past meetings between Wenger and Benitez: Who has the upper hand
In the preseason, Benitez’s side held Arsenal to a 2-2 draw in the Emirates Cup. Rafael Benitez has faced the Frenchman twenty times in total. During his Valencia and Liverpool days the Spaniard scored six wins over Wenger lost eight times and managed five draws. Last season when he was the interim manager of Chelsea, Benitez’s side won their home game against Wenger’s side 2-1.
In his Liverpool days, Benitez won just four times against Arsene Wenger. However, it was in the Champions League where Benitez’s side won 5-3 on aggregate against the Londoners in the 2007/2008 campaign. Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger won seven times against Liverpool when the Spaniard was in charge there.
Preview: Arsenal aiming to build on midweek victory over West Brom
When Arsene Wenger chose his squad for Arsenal's Capital One Cup match against West Bromwich Albion, the French manager knew that his young guns were going to need a lot of composure to knock off Steve Clarke's side.
A second half goal from Eisfeld had the Gunners set to record yet another away victory, which would make it 11 in a row. But West Brom made things difficult, and equalized the match not too long after the German got on the end of Nicklas Bendtner's pass.
Fortunately for Wenger, his side was able to stay composed in a penalty shootout, which saw them through to the next round of the cup.