Arsenal’s recent record against Liverpool makes for grim reading, as it’s often the game that comes at the wrong time.
The last time Arsenal beat Liverpool was a resounding 4-1 victory back in April 2015.
Goals from Mesut Ozil, Hector Bellerin, Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud helped Arsenal get some measure of revenge for the 5-1 defeat they suffered at Anfield the previous season.
But in the five encounters since then, Arsenal have lost three times, drawn twice, and shipped 14 goals.
By a quirk of fate, the fixture often comes at the most inopportune time for Arsenal.
The encounter at Anfield back in August came when the club was dealing with several ongoing transfer sagas.
The team clearly wasn’t prepared, and succumbed to a 4-0 defeat.
Last season, Arsenal went to Anfield in the middle of a poor run of form.
Alexis Sanchez was infamously dropped to the bench as Jurgen Klopp’s side ran out comfortable 3-1 winners.
The first game of that season also saw Liverpool visit the Emirates Stadium.
Deprived of several of their best players due to international tournaments and injuries, Arsenal lost the game 4-3. They were 4-1 down at one point.
The key takeaway here is that Liverpool have the attacking quality to punish teams who show any sign of weakness.
The likes of Philippe Coutinho, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino have enjoyed themselves against our rickety defence, scoring nine of those 14 goals between them.
Meanwhile, their high intensity approach has often disrupted our passing rhythm.
Arsenal simply haven’t been able to get at their vulnerable backline before they’re out of the game.
At the very least, Arsenal do have a good record against Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium.
Liverpool’s victory there last season was their first since 2011.
Between those two defeats, Arsenal have beaten them three times and drawn the other two.
Arsenal aren’t in the best of form at the moment, but we can take some comfort from our home form when Klopp’s men visit on Friday.