The Gunners will take on Liverpool in the Premier League tonight.
But Jurgen Klopp’s side could reportedly be without Thiago Alcantara and Alisson for tomorrow’s Anfield clash with Arsenal.
Alisson started last week’s 2-0 win over Chelsea, while Thiago debuted from the bench at half-time.
But both were given the night off as Klopp’s back-ups romped to a 7-2 League Cup win over Lincoln City in midweek.
According to the Mirror, however, they could miss out again tomorrow, having suffered injuries this week.
In other news, Arsenal fans are convinced Thomas Partey will join them after he was left on the bench for Atletico Madrid.
The Gunners have been chasing the midfielder all summer – but he has a huge release clause of £45million.
And fans finally believe a deal is in the pipeline after he was dropped for Atletico.
Meanwhile, Arsenal are reportedly ready to step up their pursuit of Houssem Aouar by launching a £45million bid.
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta has already had an initial £36m bid turned down by Lyon.
According to Football.London, Arsenal’s revised bid will be £36.5m up front and an extra £9m in add ons.
Mikel Arteta is putting ‘the Arsenal Way’ on the back burner as he bids to end the club’s Anfield nightmare this evening.
The Gunners have conceded a staggering 30 goals in their last eight visits to Liverpool and haven’t won there since 2012 when Arteta was still a player.
But they did beat Jurgen Klopp’s Champions at the Emirates in July and triumphed in a penalty shoot-out in the Community Shield last month.
And on both occasions they were happy to allow Liverpool to dominate possession and punish their opponents on the break.
It is a tactic which Arteta has consistently used against their ‘Big Six’ opponents since coming out of lockdown.
Speaking about his game plan, Arteta said: “So we have to find scenarios to prepare for that and if I propose something very difficult that would expose our team right now, I wouldn’t be acting in the best interests of the club or the players.
“We have to be able to adapt and the players we have available can change our game plan.
“Playing only one way doesn’t work in football anymore unless you are superior to the opponent all the time.”
Premier League clubs have been ordered by the Government to stop splashing millions on new players and bail out their skint EFL counterparts instead.
Culture secretary Oliver Dowden yesterday demanded England’s top division “step up to the plate” and “start looking after the football family as a whole.”
Dowden wants a deal agreed this week for Prem sides to cough up the £250million EFL chief Rick Parry says his clubs stand to lose due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Asked by the BBC’s Andrew Marr if he was going to insist Prem clubs “help poorer clubs, rather than spend huge amounts of money hiring a new striker,” Dowden replied: “That’s exactly what we’re saying to them.”
Here’s some interesting stats ahead of Arsenal’s showdown with Liverpool…
1. Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 60 Premier League home matches.
2. Liverpool have won their past four home league games against Arsenal.
3. Arsenal beat Liverpool in July for the first time in 10 Prem meetings.
4. No reigning champion has won their opening three Prem matches since Manchester United in 2011-12.
5. Mikel Arteta can become the first Arsenal manager to win his first match at Liverpool since Tom Whittaker in 1947.