After 10 matches unbeaten in all competitions, Arsenal’s true progress will be put to the check by Liverpool at Anfield this weekend. The Gunners have picked up wins in opposition to Leicester City, Leeds United, Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa in current weeks, however Jurgen Klopp’s facet will supply a unique problem. The Reds have performed 17 matches in all competitions this season, they usually have solely misplaced as soon as. Arsenal must carry out at their finest to choose up a consequence, however they’ve one weapon specifically which could show to be decisive on Merseyside. So far this season, Arteta’s males rank joint-top of the Premier League – alongside Liverpool – for objectives scored from set-pieces, having discovered the online six instances in complete.
It is an attention-grabbing power which appears to have coincided with the addition of Nicolas Jover from Manchester City through the summer time, who was delivered to the Emirates Stadium by Arteta in July. Jover is a set-piece professional who initially emerged at Brentford earlier than making the swap to the Etihad and was referred to as a “genius” by Mads Buttgereit, who labored alongside him at Brentford and now works with the German nationwide group. Since he started working at Arsenal, the Gunners have notably improved on the attacking finish of dead-ball conditions. It bodes properly for dealing with Liverpool on Saturday. West Ham United beat the Reds earlier than the worldwide break after scoring twice from corners, whereas additionally hitting the bar on one event. After the conflict, Michail Antonio defined how the Hammers intentionally averted Virgil van Dijk when hitting aerial balls into the penalty field, which proved to be an efficient technique on the pitch. Atletico Madrid, Brentford and Chelsea are three different groups who have profited from set-pieces in opposition to Klopp’s outfit this season. Given Liverpool’s notable skills throughout the board, it could make loads of sense for Arsenal to put an emphasis on executing intelligent set-piece routines to get a consequence at Anfield. It stays to be seen as as to whether Arteta’s males will proceed of their wealthy vein of type, however this weekend specifically, Jover’s under-the-radar signing through the summer time could wind up making the distinction.