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Arsenal vs Liverpool: Paul Merson delivers bold prediction for Premier League clash

22 December, 2017, 02:10 | Author: Hannah Francis
  • GETTYSeaman was disappointed to see Alex Oxlade Chamberlain depart Arsenal

Paul Merson says Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is better suited to Liverpool's system, following his summer move from Arsenal.

And ahead of Liverpool's trip to the Emirates Stadium on Friday night, Wenger highlighted the wealth of attacking options at Klopp's disposal as a key issue. Against us they often played lot of long balls.

"They played a lot of long balls to Giroud, but he can not play and that will change a few things".

"We are a team who are very offensive-orientated, but that doesn't mean that you have to give any space away". So it's hard to guess.

Wenger also insisted he would not be afraid to start Ainsley Maitland-Niles in a left-back position against Mohamed Salah, with the 20-year-old academy product having been picked ahead of Sead Kolasinac in the last two Premier League games. And I think: "Wow".

Now a player seemingly on the cusp of making a real impact with the Reds, Wenger has taken a dimmer view of his ex-player in his pre-match press conference.

Oxlade-Chamberlain, who joined The Reds on transfer deadline day from Arsenal, is believed to have a slow start to his career with Liverpool, as he had little impact in his 11 games with the club.

Oxlade-Chamberlain was one of four changes made by Klopp for the visit to Bournemouth as the German continued his recent policy of rotating his squad with a busy festive period of fixtures looming.

He said: "It's all so different, he has become more and more a Liverpool player".

"On the other side, you analyse did you make mistakes or not?"

Arsenal are one point behind fourth place Liverpool, and Wenger acknowledged that the games between the top six could be more important than ever this season in determining who will finish in the Champions League spots.

"I believe what is interesting in football is you always have a time to make up for it. So let's focus on what is in front of us and turn up on Friday with a totally, completely different performance".

"I think you've got to put him in the centre, in the midfield three and say "you are playing there" and leave him there for 10 games".


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