Another English Premier League (EPL) season has arrived and Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger has refused to pay big money for good players who might have strengthened his squad. Only time will tell if the decision made by the Frenchman is right or wrong, but Arsenal head into their season opener against Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool short on numbers, especially in defense.
Arsenal and Liverpool are two of the many title contenders for the Premier League this season. But, given the importance of the game, the Gunner’s will feature a defense with two unproven center-backs, one of whom is a youngster and the other’s strength lies as a left back.
Calum Chambers will start the game against Liverpool. However, it is the choice between new signing Rob Holding and Nacho Monreal, which will give Wenger the headache. It has to be noted that Holding is just 21-year-old.
“I’m very happy with the way we have prepared. I felt the quality of preparation was there, the focus was there, the team spirit is there and the way we want to play football is shared by everybody.” Wenger said, as reported by ibtimes.co.in.
Since his arrival in England, this is the first time Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has been able to build a team of his own liking. With seven new signings, the German finally has the set of players with whom he could build his own legacy at Anfield. A few of Klopp’s signings could even start against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.
The former Borussia Dortmund coach has played down the influence of the world-class managers available this season in the Premier League. Klopp believes that it’s the performance on the pitch which defines a season and not the big names.
“It’s one part of the performance but not more; we still have to play and all have to work. It’s not about the names. It’s all about the performance on the pitch.” Klopp mentioned, according to ibtimes.com.
Arsenal: Per Mertersacker, Laurent Koscielny, Gabriel, Danny Welbeck and Carl Jenkinson are unavailable owing to injuries or lack of match fitness. Ozil and Giroud are also unlikely to feature as they recently returned to training after featuring in Euro 2016. New signing Granit Xhaka is expected to make his debut.
Liverpool: Daniel Sturridge and James Milner are not available for the match. Marko Grujic, Dejan Lovren, Sadio Mane, Joel Matip, Ragnar Klavan and Giorginio Wijnaldum are expected to make their debuts.
Where to watch?
Arsenal vs. Liverpool will kickoff at 16:00 BST. The TV telecast and live streaming information of the match is given below.
USA: NBC Universo and NBCSN. Live Streaming: NBC Sports Live.
UK: Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports HD1. Live Streaming: Watch Sky Sports.
Australia: Optus Sport. Live Streaming: Optus Online.
Canada: Sportsnet World. Live Streaming: Watch Sportsnet
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