Before every Arsenal fixture, we’ll bring you a Scouting Report on the Gunners’ next opponents.

Former Arsenal midfielder Stewart Robson will give his pre-match view and you can get his post-match verdict in our Talking Tactics feature on Arsenal Player. We’ll also hear from a journalist who follows the club we’ll be facing.

Stewart Robson

Last season Liverpool were forced to play a very defensive game. This year Kenny Dalglish will be hoping his team can match Arsenal's creativity in midfield and cause problems with Andy Carroll's height and the movement of Luis Suarez. However Liverpool will need to play with the same intensity, both with and without the ball, as they did in the first half against Sunderland last week if they are to get anything from the game.

Scouting Report - Tactics

They played 4-4-2 on Saturday against Sunderland and I wouldn’t envisage Kenny Dalglish will change it that much. Jordan Henderson started on the right, Stuart Downing on the left and then Charlie Adam alongside Lucas. So three of the four midfielders were making their debuts. But one of the noticeable things about when Dalglish took over last season was that he did vary his system a fair bit. They played 4-2-3-1 in quite a few games, 4-4-2, 4-3-3 - it was a bit of a ‘horses for courses’ scenario depending on the opposition and the players he had available to him.

Last season, Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll only played with each other five times in the Premier League but, for 45 minutes against Sunderland, their link-up play was excellent. They played off each other very well. Carroll was winning a lot of flick-ons and dominating the air while Suarez was really lively and got on the scoresheet.

Carroll scored the winner at Emirates for Newcastle last season and there is hope that Liverpool, as an attacking force, can really cause Arsenal problems. They will look to Downing, with his pace and quality on the wing, to get things going down the flanks. He has also got a big part to play in whipping in balls for Suarez and Carroll.

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18 Aug 2011