Arsenal vs Liverpool: Unai Emer has confirmed that an Arsenal star could be absent for the big game against table-toppers Liverpool.
Arsenal’s winning run finally came to an end against Crystal Palace yesterday. The hosts held Arsenal to a 2-2 draw, but Arsenal are still 4th in the league table. However, they can slip to fifth if Tottenham gets a result against Manchester City tonight.
Milivojevic scored both the goals for Crystal Palace through penalties. Palace took a lead in the game at the brink of halftime. Arsenal started the second half strongly, and equalized with a terrific free-kick from Granit Xhaka. Minutes later, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gave Gunners the lead.
Arsenal will now play in the Carabao Cup where they take on Blackpool in the round-of-16, before meeting Liverpool.
Arsenal’s clash against Liverpool would be significant as Jurgen Klopp’s side, at least for now, are at the top of the table. Even if City wins tonight, they’ll be level on points with Guardiola’s team, albeit behind on goal difference.
Unai Emery, however, provided a bad news for Arsenal fans before the much-awaited clash at the Emirates Stadium.
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Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin was substituted at halftime with an injury, and Unai Emery confirmed the bad news for Arsenal fans.
When you think that Hector Bellerin has 5 years on Kyle Walker & Kieran Tripper, 6 years on Cesar Azpilicueta and 10 years on Antonio Valencia, it’s quite amazing to think that so many Arsenal fans dismissed his talents. Fantastic full-back and still only 23 years of age.
— Darren (@DF_Arsenal) October 22, 2018
“Yes, he’s injured,” Emery said on being asked about Bellerin. “I hope it’s not a big injury, but he had muscular pains.
Héctor Bellerín has already equalled his total number of league assists from last season in just nine games in this campaign.
2017/18: 35 appearances, 3 assists.
2018/19: 9 appearances, 3 assists.
— afcstuff (@afcstuff) October 22, 2018
“I don’t know [whether he’s a doubt for the Liverpool game next Saturday].”
Just seen Hector Bellerin limping slightly as he leaves Selhurst Park but walked unaided and stopped to sign a few autographs so initial signs on his muscular problem look promising.
— James Olley (@JamesOlley) October 28, 2018
Bellerin was replaced by Stephan Lichtsteiner in the second half. It is expected that the Spanish defender will not feature in Arsenal’s Carabao Cup clash on Wednesday.
Hector Bellerin 4 assists already this season. Expect him to end up with close to 10 by season end in PL alone. He’s getting better and better and with Auba and Laca in the box + the amount of cutbacks we play, he is bound to thrive. Top 5 right back in world football right now.
— LTArsenal™ (@ltarsenal) October 26, 2018
Even when the winning run has come to an end, Arsenal are still on an 11-game unbeaten run at the moment.
Liverpool have a weeks rest before the Saturday Night Football showdown at the Emirates
Arsenal face Blackpool in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night
It’s gunna be a cracker, it always is
Arguably the most entertaining fixture in the top 6 pic.twitter.com/r3mqX6AQLD
— RougeMen:EF (@RougeMEF) October 28, 2018
Unai Emery would aim to continue with the same intensity when they take on Blackpool in Wednesday’s knock-out fixture.