Matteo Guendouzi insists Arsenal aren’t going to resign themselves to the same result they got last season away to Liverpool, and they’re travelling to Anfield to win.
Arsenal suffered their worst defeat of the season to Liverpool in 2018/19, losing 5-1 at Anfield. The worst part was that the Gunners actually started well and took the lead through Ainsley Maitland-Niles, but by half-time, they were already 4-1 down.
A lot has changed since then though. Aaron Ramsey, Stephan Lichtsteiner and Alex Iwobi were starters that day, and have since left the club. Shkodran Mustafi also made the lineup for the match and won’t be involved this weekend.
Nicolas Pepe, Alexandre Lacazette, David Luiz, Nacho Monreal, Dani Ceballos and Matteo Guendouzi are all likely to start this weekend, and none of them did so last December. Guendouzi rightly argues they’re a new team now, and they have renewed belief they can get a result.
“Last year was not our finest hour but it’s very different to last season, it’s a new game and new team so I don’t see why it would be the same result,” Guendouzi told Sky Sports.
“We’ve had a much better start as well – last year we started with two losses but this year we are already six points up.
“We have a better team overall and we’re feeling good about ourselves, we have a good team and we believe in ourselves. I know we can do really well, we are going there to win and I believe we can beat any Premier League side.
“David Luiz brings a lot of experience and is a very comprehensive defender,” Guendouzi continued. “Ceballos is a very technical player and played excellently against Burnley, while Pepe is a player I know well from France.
“I think all three bring a lot of strength and positive aspects to the team.”
The trio of new signings will be crucial if Arsenal are going to get anything from the game against Liverpool. David Luiz and the defence are obviously the most important factor, as Emery’s side aren’t going to take anything away if they concede five goals again.
Ceballos and Pepe could also give the Gunners a way to push Liverpool back a bit though, and stop the game becoming attack against defence for 90 minutes.
In all honesty, the whole team are going to have to be at their best on the day to match up to a very strong Liverpool side.