Arsenal vs. Liverpool (Kick-off 19.45 GMT, Jan. 30th, Emirates Stadium)
Arsenal and Liverpool renew their rivalry at The Emirates Stadium on the 30 th of January as Arsene Wenger and his men look to close the gap that arch rivals from North London have opened up in the race to secure the final qualifying place for the UEFA Champions League, a competition Arsenal has qualified for the last 15 years. With the Arsenal manager refusing to bring in new players in the winter transfer window, the onus will be on the current players to get The Gunners back to the UEFA Champions League and if they can reproduce the form that saw them hammer 5 goals past a hapless West Ham United side in the midweek game, they will have nothing to worry about.
Arsenal went a goal down to The Hammers early on in the game before Lukas Podolski equalized just a few minutes later only for The Gunners to score four more goals in a whirlwind ten minute spell that saw their London rivals blown out of the water. Arsenal manager Wenger hailed the performances from his players on the night and with the likes of Jack Wilshsere, Santi Cazorla and Podolski getting back to their best form and Theo Walcott signing a new deal at the club, there is a look of assurance about the club and that was evident in the way they ripped out the hammers defense.
But Wenger will know Liverpool will be no pushovers either as they displayed with their very own 5-0 hammering of Norwich City at home which was their third straight win and Brendan Rodgers has finally found someone to support Uruguayan maestro Luis Suarez up front with the signing of Daniel Sturridge, who has already scored three goals in three matches for Liverpool so far.
Liverpool are also starting to play a lot better in midfield and are holding on to the ball far better thanks to the renewed vigor with which captain Steven Gerrard is playing with. In Stuart Downing and Raheem Sterling, they have two explosive players on both the wings and Rodgers could unleash them against an Arsenal back four that is notorious to say the least and the full backs more prone to the attacking scheme of things compared to their responsibilities in defense. Liverpool will look to take all three points from the game as they aim to finish as higher up in the table as possible.