Saturday, 2 November 2013

Arsenal v Liverpool: live -

16 mins: Good spell from Liverpool, lot of men forward, over-committed, Arsenal break and Toure stops the counter with a foul that isn't given.

15 mins: Useful corner at that, a flick header takes it into the danger area but Arsenal clear in the end.

14 mins: Gerrard drives in the freekick Szczesny makes a mess of the punch. Corner.

13 mins: Liverpool pressing Arsenal very high up the pitch. Koscielny fouls Suarez.

12 mins: Kolo Toure seeind plenty of the ball down the Liverpool right, in an otherwise quiet period.

10 mins: Henderson robs possession and makes a storming run... it's all opening up... Suarez takes the centre back away... but Henderson's confidence seems to fail him and he grinds to a halt. Token effort weak shot at the end.

9 mins: Nice interplay with Sagna and Rosicky, Skrtel steps in to stop any nonsense.

7 mins: Mignolet makes two nervous clearances, the second of which goes stright out for a throw.

5 mins: Sakho slips, and Rosicky nips in, surges round the right and fires a low shot that Mignolet has to turn behind. The corner's cleared and the counter is on, Sturridge and Suarez breaking, but ref sees a foul. Arteta needs to, and is so far having, a busy afternoon if Arsenal are to win this.

4 mins: Cazorla and Sagna looking dangerous down that right, Liverpool get men back but warning signs are there.

3 mins: Glenn Johnson has been taken to hospital so hope whatever that illness was that has kept him out is not serious.

2 mins: Henderson and Cissokho come forward, and left centre back Sakho comes to join the attack. Ramsey handballs. Freekick cleared.

1 mins: Suarez moves off Mertesacker and nearly gets on a long ball.

17.29 We're about to kick off. Liverpool in white.

17.25 Tactical analysis from Jamie is that Arsenal can overload one of the wing-backs two against one. That's the disadvantage with the Rogers system, we're told. On the other hand, the advantage is that you have three in midfield, as well as two forwards. A relatively rare challenge for Mertesacker and Koscielny: playing against two out-and-out forwards.

17.22 The boy Redknapp looking swish in a nice three-piece - but did he just opine that a win for Arsenal would be a "fillet", as opposed to a "fillip", as currently being claimed by people on The Twitters? I was not listening; I was wondering where he got his suit.

17.20 Predictions? I fancy Liverpool 2-1.

17.15 Flamini a big absence for the Gooners, bigger than the ankle-knack Wilshere in my opinion. They look a bit wet without him in the middle. Still, Arteta is back into the fray, so there's that.

E-mailBill Hargreaves writes: "I'd have him any day – a Gunner. 1) I think that playing with AW and the rest of the team would slightly modify his aggressive nature, possibly? 2) I think that he might have matured a bit, taken his medicine, had a kid, etc. 3) He's red hot. Ronny and Messy aside, who finishes better?"

17.11 Another man who has his work cut out is Mertesacker, a big, towering fellow who has been shown to be vulnerable against small, nippy strikers... like Suarez.

17.10 Defender Glen Johnson is missing through illness, so Jon Flanagan comes into the side. Big responsibility for him at right wing-back.

17.05 Luis Suarez, as ever the name on everybody's lips, nearly signed for Arsenal in the summer (depending on who you believe), so some extra spice there. Anyhow. The team news.

Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Ramsey, Arteta, Rosicky, Ozil, Cazorla, Giroud. Subs: Vermaelen, Monreal, Fabianski, Bendtner, Jenkinson, Akpom, Hayden.

Liverpool: Mignolet, Toure, Skrtel, Sakho, Flanagan, Gerrard, Lucas, Henderson, Cissokho, Sturridge, Suarez. Subs: Brad Jones, Agger, Coutinho, Moses, Allen, Sterling, Kelly.

Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)

17.00 Hello, Tyers here. Exciting game in store, the top two going head to head, looking to make Chelsea pay for a surprising slip-up at Fortress Tracksuit. All nice and tight up the top of the table, three points covering the top six at time of writing. If Arsenal win then they can open up a pleasing five-point gap. A win for Liddypool and they are top.

Earlier Please join Alan from about 5pm - he'll bring you all the build-up ahead of this top of the table Premier League clash, and then the best minute-by-minute coverage once it's kicked off. In the meantime, you can read about:

Brendan Rodgers having a jolly good laugh at Arsenal's bid for Luis Suarez

A more serious Arsene Wenger saying a win today will show Arsenal deserve to be top of the league

Michael Owen's column on why Rodgers is to thank for the successful Suarez and Sturridge partnership

Remember 1989, when these two went head-to-head for the title on the last day of the season

And admire Wenger for suggesting Olivier Giroud is on a par, at least, with Suarez

Or below are the match details, as provided by John Ley.

Saturday, November 2 2013

Arsenal v Liverpool
Emirates Stadium

Kick-off: 17.30 GMT.
TV: Live Sky Sports 1, Highlights, BBC ONE Match of the Day.

Referee: Martin Atkinson. Matches: 5, R0 Y12.

Betting: Home 23-20, Away 9-4, Draw 5-2.

Team News

Match Notes

Stat of the game:

Jonathan Liew's prediction: Arsenal Liverpool

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