Gunning Again: Arsenal FA Cup Preview

Michael Regan

We look ahead to our clash with Arsenal in the FA Cup, after demoralizing them at Anfield

US: 11 AM EST, Fox Sports 2

UK: 4PM BST, BT Sport

The Reds travel to the Emirates after the dramatic win at Craven Cottage on Wednesday, which Steven Gerrard sealed with a last-gasp penalty. Arsenal failed to pick up all three points in their midweek game against Man United, but the focus is now on the FA Cup and getting through to the quarter final.

We will have to improve on midweek. Winning a game in that fashion against Fulham isn't on... And that much is a given.

Brendan Rodgers has promised a strong side for tomorrow, with Jordan Henderson saying the plan is the exact same as our amazing display at Anfield last Saturday. However, the Gunners now haven't won in two matches, with Arsene Wenger saying that the match was "an accident" and his side will have a point to prove. Which could prove to be what decides this tie.

Our injury problems keep lessening, with Glen Johnson back in training, though looking like he'll be unavailable for this match, and Daniel Agger coming on to shore up the defense in midweek.

The question is, do we stick Danny in ahead of Kolo Toure, whose terrible mistake cost us a goal at Craven Cottage, or, with it being such a high profile game with the amount of pressure it has, do we let him rest for another week?

For Arsenal, Aaron Ramsey is still out, but Mathieu Flamini returns after serving his last game of suspension during the Anfield game. Santi Carzola was in bed sick on Thursday, and is a doubt for this game, but as I said with our game last week, Arsenal's depth in midfield is something to behold.

Mesut Ozil hasn't played well lately, but even still, he's a threat. The fact that Santi Carzola is out may bode well for us, considering he's scored 4 goals in 5 games against the Reds. Even though many say Jack Wilshere should've received marching orders at Mecca, he stayed on the pitch, and is a threat as well. Hopefully we'll give as much as we take from him.

Some thoughts:

-The Hendo/Stevie vs Wilshere battle provided a bit of laughs, every time Wilshere did something, he would get the Football equivalent of a back slap from either one of them. Hopefully our lads can do the same thing tomorrow. (JAceKopite16)

-Kolo's form has been shaky in the past few games, but I still wouldn't start Dan Agger. He got like 5 minutes against Fulham, which isn't enough to be back at full fitness. As much as I love him, I'd give him one more week, a ten minute cameo to see out the game. (JAceKopite)

-Luis hasn't scored in 3 games, but his class hasn't dropped. He's played well and just not found the net. SSAS (Suarez, Sturridge, and Sterling) know they can cause them problems, and maybe we should interchange Suarez and Sturridge from the right, to center forward, and back again. (JAceKopite)

-Arsenal look tired, but coming off the back of several disappointing results they might bounce back. Liverpool will have to be quite careful. With all the media rounds that have been happening this week Arsene will surely be up for the fight...at least as much as any Frenchman can be. (Adam)

-The fluidity Liverpool displayed in the victory will need to be on full display again. (Adam)

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