Can New Arrivals kick-start the Red Revival against Gunners?

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After a disappointing result against Sunderland on the opening day of the 2011-12 Barclays Premier League campaign, Reds would be looking to take all three points against a very under-strength Arsenal side but still with lots of quality.

Over the past few years, even though we have been able to beat Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City on a quite regular basis, Arsenal have proven to be a tough opponent.

Their side, even though without their first team regulars from last season such as Francesc Fabregas (to Barcelona), Emmanuel Eboue (to Galatasaray), Gael Clichy (to Manchester City) Alex Song (3-match man for violent conduct), Jack Wilshere (ankle injury), Johan Djourou (doubtful), Kieran Gibbs (doubtful), Abu Diaby (doubtful), Tomas Rosicky (ruled out), Samir Nasri (looking for a move away to Man City, but could feature) as well as Gervinho (new signing, 3-match ban). Meanwhile their youngster Benik Afobe (striker), Armand Traore (left-back) also picked up knocks. Carlos Vela and Denilson have been loaned out to Real Sociedad and Sao Paulo respectively. Nicklas Bendtner’s future is in doubt too.

Teenage defender Carl Jenkinson could also be called into action to fill the holes left by the injuries and departures this transfer window. Same could be said about Alex Oxlade-Chamerlain, who was also linked with Liverpool before Arsenal secured the highly rated striker.

Even though the above absentees list seems to be overwhelming, the like of Robin van Persie (Captain), Theo Walcott, Bacary Sagna, Thomas Vermaelen, Marouane Chamakh and not to forget Andrei Arshavin (who seems to be able to score against Liverpool only) do make up a strong side.

On Liverpool’s side, apart from Steven Gerrard (ruled out till mid-September), Glen Johnson is the only doubtful player after he picked up a knock in the last pre-season friendly against Valencia. Martin Skrtel and Martin Kelly are available for selection. Dirk Kuyt has also come out saying that he fill much fitter now.

Liverpool players looked tired in the second half against Sunderland but a full week’s rest and Arsenal also having played Udinese in the midweek, Reds should be in better physical condition.

With new recruits such as Charlie Adam, Stewart Downing, Jose Enrique, Jordan Henderson as well as a well-rested Luis Suarez would be the key to a win at the Emirates.

Meanwhile, Liverpool have offloaded Nabil El Zhar as well after his contract was terminated on mutual agreement. He now joins Spanish side Levante.

As Kenny Dalglish said earlier that he is under more pressure to bring in players rather than to sell. And Gary Cahill from Bolton Wanderers seems to be his first priority now. David Ngog is also linked with a move to Bolton and a switch deal could be worked upon. If nothing can be worked upon, Ryan Shawcross could be an alternative.

Future of Daniel Pacheco and Emiliano Insua is in doubt after both the players on their Twitter accounts said they are looking to sort it out. It is believed that Pacheco could be on his way to one of the many interested Spanish sides on a season long loan deal. In case of Insua, Enrique’s arrival casts more doubt over his future and he could be on his way out.

Alberto Aquilani’s situation is still unclear. He wasn’t even on the bench against Sunderland last weekend.

Both Liverpool and Arsenal were held to a draw on the opening day of the season and both would equally be looking to get their first win of the campaign. On paper, Liverpool certainly look the strong side but in football, the only thing that matters is what you do on the pitch.

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