This year, Arsenal and Liverpool clash in the community shield-a game that marks the beginning of the season in English football.
Arsenal won the 2019/20 FA Cup against Chelsea coming back from behind. The Gunners are significantly better under Arteta whose aim is to attack the Champions League spot into the Premier League in the new season.
Arsenal is experiencing occasional blackouts, especially in the backline. So far, there has not been consistency and they know to allow some ridiculous goals mostly on the road.
The team from North London allowed at least one goal in the previous four games. However, they scored two or more in five of the last six including the friendly match against MK Dons. Overall, Arsenal has seven wins, two defeats, and a loss,
Something pleasing about them is the fact that the community shield game will take place in Wembley. This is where thy already played the last two of their competitive matches. Even though it doesn’t sound like a big deal to some, believe it does mean a lot to the Gunners.
On the other side, Liverpool won the Premiership. Consequently, the champions want to prove that it wasn’t just a lucky year. Capturing a piece of silverware before the Premier League starts would most definitely boost their morale.
Recently, the Reds played two friendly games against Stuttgart and RB Salzburg. The latter brought headaches to Klopp as his team showed major weaknesses in the first half.
Arsenal has had a number of its players ruled out through injury. Defensive duo Shkodran Mustafi, and Pablo Mari are set to return in October and September respectively. Meanwhile, Martinelli and Chambers are sidelined for the rest of the calendar year with knee injuries.
Liverpool’s Trent Alexander Arnold didn’t travel with the squad on their pre-season trip to Austria. He is therefore unlikely to feature on Saturday’s match. Jordan Henderson and Joel Matip are expected back in the early stages of the Premier League. However, they may not be risked for the meeting with Arsenal.
Virgil van Dijk picked up a knock in the RB Salzburg friendly. Despite the issue, the defender is set for a swift return whereas Alex Oxlade Chamberlain will miss a reunion with his former side as he is sidelined for an extended period with a knee injury.
Head to Head Match
Up until the most recent events, Arsenal hasn’t posted a win against Liverpool in 12 games. Post-corona game saw Arsenal’s 2-1 victory with Mane bringing in the lead. Afterward, Lacazette and Nelson turned the game upside down.
From a point of view, Liverpool might score two goals as Arsenal’s shaky defense might not withstand the pressure imposed by one of the best-attacking trios.