Arsenal vs Liverpool preview: Prediction, team news & lineups

  • Arsenal take on Premier League leaders Liverpool on Sunday
  • Gunners are five points behind the Reds, making Sunday's game a must-win
  • Liverpool knocked Arsenal out of the FA Cup three weeks ago
Arsenal host the Premier League leaders on Sunday
Arsenal host the Premier League leaders on Sunday / Michael Regan/GettyImages

Arsenal's title charge may hinge on the outcome of Sunday's bout as they welcome Premier League leaders Liverpool to the Emirates.

The Gunners harbour hopes of competing for the league again this term, but they currently sit five points behind the Reds with both sides winning in midweek. Manchester City are also well in the mix.

Mikel Arteta's men backed up their suffocating control at Nottingham Forest on Tuesday night as they secured a 2-1 win, while Liverpool were impressive at Anfield on Wednesday; putting four past Chelsea to regain their healthy buffer at the summit.

The Reds are immensely dangerous opposition, as the Gunners found out three weeks ago in the FA Cup, with Jurgen Klopp's announcement regarding his future only enhancing their efficacy.

An enthralling encounter is in store this weekend.

Arsenal vs Liverpool preview: Prediction, team news & lineups

William Saliba, Darwin Nunez
Arsenal were beaten 2-0 by Liverpool in the FA Cup third round / Shaun Botterill/GettyImages

Here's our preview of Sunday's mammoth Premier League duel.

How to watch Arsenal vs Liverpool on TV

  • When is kick-off? Sunday 4 February
  • What time is kick-off? 16:30 (GMT)
  • Where is it played? Emirates Stadium
  • TV channel/live stream? SKY GO Extra, Sky Sports Premier League, Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Ultra HD (UK) / Peacock (US) / fuboTV (Canada)
  • Referee? Anthony Taylor

Arsenal team news

Emile Smith Rowe
Emile Smith Rowe made his second Premier League start of the season in midweek / Michael Regan/GettyImages

Arteta will hope to have Thomas Partey back fit for Sunday's game following his return to training ahead of the Forest win. However, the midfielder likely won't start the weekend's fixture.

The boss has no fresh injury concerns, with Jurrien Timber and Fabio Vieira still out of action.

Emile Smith Rowe could drop out of the side despite his bright showing at the City Ground given Arteta's preference to utilise Kai Havertz in these sorts of fixtures.

Liverpool team news

Dominik Szoboszlai, Djordje Petrovic
Dominik Szoboszlai returned to the Liverpool starting XI against Chelsea / Clive Brunskill/GettyImages

The visitors have welcomed back Dominik Szoboszlai, Trent Alexander-Arnold, and Andy Robertson back into the fold in recent outings. However, it's no guarantee that all three will start at the Emirates given how impressive their deputies have performed in their respective absences.

While Szoboszlai should retain his place and Trent is set to come back in, Joe Gomez could keep Robertson out of the side at left-back.

Liverpool are still without Thiago Alcantara, Stefan Bajcetic, Mohamed Salah, and Kostas Tsimikas. Joel Matip is out for the season.

Arsenal vs Liverpool predicted lineups

Arsenal: Raya; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Rice, Odegaard, Havertz; Saka, Jesus, Martinelli.

Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Gomez; Mac Allister, Szoboszlai, Jones; Diaz, Nunez, Jota.

Arsenal's recent form





Nottingham Forest 1-2 Arsenal

Premier League


Arsenal 5-0 Crystal Palace

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Arsenal 0-2 Liverpool

FA Cup


Fulham 1-2 Arsenal

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Arsenal 0-2 West Ham

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Liverpool's recent form





Liverpool 2-1 Fulham

Carabao Cup


Bournemouth 0-4 Liverpool

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Fulham 1-1 Liverpool

Carabao Cup


Liverpool 5-2 Norwich City

FA Cup


Liverpool 4-1 Chelsea

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Arsenal vs Liverpool score prediction

We should expect some differences from the recent FA Cup encounter, with both sides set to deploy alternate XIs. Liverpool, in particular, will be stronger, while Arsenal will likely move away from the dual #10s ploy which surprised Klopp.

This is a huge game for the Gunners, who need to win to embolden their title credentials. Anything but three points, and usurping the Reds will appear unlikely.

An intriguing clash of styles is set to manifest, with Liverpool's heavy-metal football colliding with Arteta's security and control. This ideological contrast should make for thrilling viewing, and I can't separate the two sides.

Prediction: Arsenal 2-2 Liverpool