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.

Arsène Wenger and his side face Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday so, to find out more, we also asked journalist James Pearce for his thoughts and analysis.

Stewart Robson

"Liverpool have been inconsistent this season, both with their results and their style of play. I have seen them play with energy, cleverness and thrust on occasions but I have also seen them pass too slowly from the back and lack penetration. Key to their ability to open up defences is Luis Suarez because he has good movement and does unexpected things when in possession of the ball.

"Of the new signings I have been impressed by Charlie Adam. Not only is he a superb passer of the ball but his work rate and closing down has improved dramatically since his move to Anfield. Stewart Downing has had good games but hasn`t delivered enough balls of quality to endear him to the Anfield faithful."

Scouting Report - Tactics

"Obviously the Carling Cup final has really lifted spirits. The competition is derided in some quarters but it was a very special afternoon for everyone connected with the club. It had been six years since winning a trophy, but when you consider what they had been through in that time it makes it even sweeter. It was only 16 months ago that the club's future was decided in the High Court, and obviously there were the dark days of Roy Hodgson's reign when they were teetering above the relegation zone. To go from that to winning a trophy again was very special.

"Kenny Dalglish has varied his formation a lot - he has played 4-2-3-1 in a number of games and also 4-4-2, which is how he went about it in the Carling Cup final. It has been bit of a horses-for-courses scenario, so it is difficult to say which way he will go. There's no doubt Liverpool will go for it, and with seven points between the clubs it is a must-win game for them if they are serious about trying to get fourth place. They have drawn eight times at home in the league this season, and that has really dented their Champions League prospects so they will be desperate to ensure they don't drop any more points on Saturday.

"Martin Skrtl has probably been their consistently outstanding performer this season. He initially struggled to win over the fans but he is their most improved player this year. He was superb against Cardiff last weekend, and his partnership with Daniel Agger has been a real feature of Liverpool's success this season. They have kept Jamie Carragher out of the team, but Agger cracked a rib in the Carling Cup final so Liverpool will be forced to break up that partnership. There is also a major doubt over Steven Gerrard after he came off for England with a tight hamstring. If he doesn't make it, Jay Spearing could come in. He has done well whenever he has played so he is the obvious choice, although Jordan Henderson is an alternative option.

"I fancy there to be goals in this one, due to the fact Liverpool have to go for it and Arsenal have a real attacking prowess. I reckon Liverpool will sneak it 2-1."

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    1 Mar 2012