Predicted Arsenal lineup vs Liverpool: Team picks itself

  • Arsenal travel to Anfield hoping to stay top at Christmas
  • Gunners haven't won at Anfield since 2012
  • Mikel Arteta provided injury updates on Friday morning

Mikel Arteta is aiming to oversee a memorable victory at Anfield
Mikel Arteta is aiming to oversee a memorable victory at Anfield / Richard Heathcote/GettyImages

Anfield is a ground synonymous with past Arsenal glories, but its been nothing short of a graveyard for the contemporary Gunners.

Memories of Michael Thomas still remain prevalent in north London, and it's about time Mikel Arteta's title contenders start making memories of their own at Liverpool's imposing amphitheatre.

A rare victory on Reds soil this weekend will ensure Arteta's men are top of the Premier League table at Christmas for the second year running.

The boss provided several injury updates ahead of Saturday's game, with the club's current absences meaning the starting XI is currently picking itself.

Predicted Arsenal lineup vs Liverpool

Kai Havertz, Leandro Trossard, Declan Rice, Eddie Nketiah
Arsenal will be top at Christmas with a rare win at Anfield / Richard Heathcote/GettyImages

GK: David Raya - If Arsenal are to secure a memorable victory, they're going to need the best version of Raya on Saturday evening.

RB: Ben White - There have been a few concerns about White's form, but he's a sure bet to continue in the side this weekend.

CB: William Saliba - There was no Saliba the last time Arsenal ventured up to Anfield. Perhaps the Frenchman will prove the difference this time around.

CB: Gabriel - The Brazilian has been so consistent this season, and his ability to defend the Gunners box will be critical to an away win.

LB: Oleksandr Zinchenko - Takehiro Tomiyasu surely would've been a part of Arteta's thinking at Anfield, but Zinchenko will have to get the nod. His match-up with Mohamed Salah is one that could tilt the contest in Liverpool's favour.

DM: Declan Rice - I don't think Arteta will be dropping Arsenal's Player of the Season thus far for the biggest game of the season up to this point.

CM: Martin Odegaard - The skipper is starting to find his groove, and Arsenal need him to produce on occasions such as this one.

CM: Kai Havertz - Havertz has a big role to play without the ball on Saturday, while his aerial ability will undoubtedly play a role in escaping Liverpool's press.

RW: Bukayo Saka - Fresh cut. Saka's primed for the big occasion.

ST: Gabriel Jesus - Arsenal supporters were in dreamland when Jesus put the Gunners 2-0 up at Anfield last time out. It all went downhill thereafter.

LW: Gabriel Martinelli - Martinelli was also on the scoresheet in this fixture last term, although he hasn't been overly productive as of late. Some are calling for Leandro Trossard, but I think the Brazilian keeps his place.