Arsenal results from Anfield haven’t been that good in this decade, the last time the Gunners returned home with all three points was in 2012. Arsenal has endured pains from Jurgen Klopp team in the Premier League, seven losses, three draws and just a victory.
Arteta gives the latest update ahead of Arsenal match against Liverpool on Saturday in the Premier League. A crunch tie that Arsenal must put in a hundred per cent focus if they are to return home with a good result.
On the other hand, Liverpool is bitter over the defeat suffered from the Hammers, just before the international break a game Jurgen Klopp felt had reservations about the officiating
HERE’S THE LATEST UPDATE FROM ARTETA…
ON PARTEY AND AUBAMEYANG’S FITNESS
For Partey, he could not play for the national team, he really tried to do that because they had a massive game and he really pushed for that one, but he wasn’t close enough to do that. It’s something we have to assess today.
Aubameyang returning to the club early from international duty with Gabon-Arteta said “No it wasn’t pre-planned [for Auba to fly home early], we have to assess him and see how he is and make a decision”.
He further said “We have a lot of players who have been through some different games, issues, little injuries, so today we have to test everybody and see how we are to play tomorrow.
ON THE TRIP TO ANFIELD…
Arteta said “It is always a test, it is a fascinating stadium to play football in,”
“You have to be at your best, and raise the level to your maximum standards, emotionally, physically, tactically, because if you don’t you will be exposed.
“Going to Anfield is always a test, but if you are able to do that, there are not many grounds as good as there to feel that you are a proper footballer.
“You really feel as a footballer you are in a place where you really have to give your best and when you do, it’s an incredible feeling, because you have overcome a really difficult and challenging situation.
ON EMILE SMITH ROWE PERFORMANCES DURING THE INTERNATIONAL MATCHES…
First of all, I was surprised because it happened just after our game, but I was extremely happy for him. I know the expectation he had, a lot of talk around it, and he really enjoyed it. I saw him yesterday and he was delighted to score a goal for his country, it is always special and he made us proud – not only him but Bukayo and Aaron starting for the national team, I think it is a great sign for the club.
ON LIVERPOOL’S FORM THIS SEASON…
It is difficult to judge just on this season because of what they have done in recent years, I think Jurgen and his staff have managed to bring the club to the best moments in their history and to sustain it, which is the hardest thing to do. So they have transformed the energy around the place; I think the cohesion and energy they have created in the stadium is something special, and Jurgen has done that at other clubs he has been at so it’s a talent he has. He has built from there and obviously been extremely successful.
ON ARSENAL UNBEATEN RUN BOOST CONFIDENCE AHEAD OF ANFIELD TRIP…
They are confident they are in good form, but they know that every game is different and we have to go game by game. It is a long run, the Premier League is such a long competition and you will have different moments, but obviously, we want to maintain the moment, maintain the form and to do that just perform at the highest level, which is what you have to do in the Premier League, and for sure at Anfield, to go there and win the game.
ON ARSENAL WOEFUL RECORD AT ANFIELD THIS DECADE…
I don’t know [why we haven’t won there more], obviously, the quality of the opponent has a big say. It’s not a coincidence that last year as well before we went to Old Trafford, it was I don’t know how many years before we won at Stamford Bridge the same, but first of all you have to believe that you go there and that you can beat them, that’s the first thing.
If somebody is not with that mindset, they should not put the shirt on and go to Anfield tomorrow and then as I said you have to raise individually your game to your best, emotionally, physically, technically and tactically you have to be able to suffer in the right moments because there’s going to be moments where you’re going to have to do that and then as a team you have to have very clear ideas of what you’re going to do on that pitch to beat that side.
ON VICTORY TAKING ARSENAL INTO TOP FOUR…
That would be the objective. The standards that we have at the club, the objective is always to win the game – it doesn’t matter where you play, you always have to prepare the game to win it, and that is the way we will do it to go to Anfield to get the result.