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How Arsenal could line up against Liverpool

Sports Mole looks at how an injury-hit Arsenal side could line up for their Premier League match against unbeaten leaders Liverpool at Anfield.

Arsenal bring 2018 to a close with arguably the most difficult assignment in English football right now - an away trip to face unbeaten Premier League leaders Liverpool.

A run of just two wins from their last five league games has left the Gunners sitting two points adrift of the Champions League places, but victory at Anfield would see them leapfrog Chelsea into fourth until at least Sunday.

Arsenal were one of only three teams to avoid defeat against Liverpool during the first half of the season, though, and will be hoping to end the Reds' hopes of joining them in the Invincibles club in their final match of the year.

Here, Sports Mole looks at how Unai Emery could set his side up for the match.



Possible ARS XI vs. LIV

Out: Henrikh Mkhitaryan (foot), Hector Bellerin (calf), Konstantinos Mavropanos (groin), Rob Holding (knee), Emile Smith Rowe (hip), Danny Welbeck (ankle)
Doubtful: Shkodran Mustafi (hamstring), Nacho Monreal (muscle)

Emery has favoured a midfield diamond in recent matches, although he could consider a reshuffle if he deems this game to be unsuitable for Mesut Ozil, as has been the case for a number of top-six clashes recently.

Ozil was taken off at half time against Brighton & Hove Albion on Boxing Day and so could be replaced from the start this weekend, with Aaron Ramsey and Alex Iwobi among the contenders to take his place.

Should Emery stick with the diamond then Matteo Guendouzi, Lucas Torreira and Granit Xhaka appear the most likely to sit behind the number 10 role, with the defensive nature of the trio helping to curtail Liverpool's attacking influence.

Premier League top scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang should continue to lead the line alongside Alexandre Lacazette, while injuries limit the options for rotation at the other end of the field.

Nacho Monreal may be available to return while Shkodran Mustafi has been on the verge of a comeback for a while now, although Emery could still be without up to five first-team defenders.

> Click here to see how Liverpool could line up for this fixture

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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool23193154134160
2Manchester CityMan City23182362174556
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs23170648232551
4Chelsea23145440192147
5Arsenal23135548321644
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd23135546331344
7Watford239683232033
8Wolverhampton WanderersWolves239592731-432
9Leicester CityLeicester2394102929031
10West Ham UnitedWest Ham2394103034-431
11Everton238693433130
12Bournemouth2393113342-930
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2375112532-726
14Crystal Palace2364132332-922
15Southampton2357112540-1522
16Burnley2364132343-2022
17Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2356121931-1221
18Cardiff CityCardiff2354141944-2519
19Fulham2335152151-3014
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2325161340-2711

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