Gunning 'Em Down: The Arsenal Preview

Jamie McDonald

After a disappointing result last time out, The Reds return home to face Table-topping Arsenal

US: 7:45 AM EST-USA Network (Due to Olympics coverage on NBC)

UK: 12:45 PM GMT-BT Sport

The Reds look for a bit of revenge for their last performance against the Gunners, where the visiting side tomorrow rolled us over, quite literally, and strolled to a 2-0 victory. That said, this game is about keeping cool as much as it is about redemption. We wanna make a bit of a statement coming out of the West Brom game. It's obvious that the team and the boss are trying to get us up for this. They want a big night from the Kop, with the team, and even the boss, trying to galvanize us.

Our injury problems continue, but are lessening. Dan Agger and Mamadou Sakho are about a week away from training, and Glen Johnson is back in light training. Lucas and Enrique remain out, but those are our only concerns.

A lot of focus this week has been about cutting out the mistakes, as they have been our downfall moreso than playing poorly. A big problem has been playing around with the ball in the defensive third, making it easier for teams to apply more pressure to our defense, as Victor Anichebe showed us last week. We need to clear the ball in that position more.

The Reds hope that our form in midfield continues with Jordan Henderson and Raheem Sterling performing well lately. Up against a tough opposing midfield, they'll have to shine, and shine bright. They were run over against Chelsea, and we must keep that from happening this time out.

Arsenal are also having a tough time with injuries lately, though their problems have reduced to almost nought. Aaron Ramsey remains out, as does Theo Walcott. Jack Wilshere and Thomas Vermalen are questionable for this game, while Mathieu Flamini will miss the trip due to suspension. New loan signing Kim Kallestrom also misses the trip, having picked up an injury on his first day of training with the Gunners. One thing Arsenal do have, though, is depth in midfield. Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil, and Rosicky remain potential threats.

Arsenal's 'keeper Sczesny has the most clean sheets this season, with 10 in the league. Arsenal have a staunch defense, and the SAS will have to have their shooting boots on to beat them.

Food for thought:

-I'm still scared of Skrtel's defending. Especially with him up against the likes of Giroud. Giroud's not a diver per se, but he'll sell anything he can. (JAceKopite16)

-Kolo, no playing it low across your box anymore. Bad boy. Mignolet sold him short, yes, but he's done that before and we've gotten out of trouble. Why can't we just clear the ball in that position? Your best bet would've been to pass back to Simon and let him boot the ball up field. We've done that too many times. The playfullness in those positions needs to stop.... (JAceKopite)

-Can our attack do a job? I'd like to see SG in the same role he played against Everton. Still in the holding role, but he was given license to roam. It was one of his best performances in the league this year. SAS needs to be on point. No doubt about it. Luis has been quiet in terms of goal scoring lately. Hopefully that changes. (JAceKopite)

-Someone raised the question about "Would you rather have a win here or a win next week in the FA Cup next week?" The league's your bread and butter, but why not both??? (JAceKopite)

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