Welcome to Talking Heads.

Before and after every first-team fixture, our MatchDay Show guest and an Arsenal blogger will have their say on the game.

Arsenal took on Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday and our Talking Heads for this game were former Gunner Kenny Sansom and David Faber of Goonerholic.

Read on for their views on the Gunners' trip to Anfield.

Kenny Sansom

It wasn't a classic match but Arsenal have now gone three games without conceding, so thank you very much Mr Stevie Bould. Everyone might say it is too early to put it all down to him, but he was a great player and a fantastic coach so hopefully if we don't concede goals this year we will win a lot of matches. If you look at the whole game, it was comfortable for Arsenal. It was a fantastic result and I predicted 3-1 so I wasn't too far away. It was a great win.

Arsenal would love to get their first win of the season this weekend but you can be sure that Liverpool won't make it easy for them. Although we have looked solid at the back so far, it would be great to see the new signings get their first goals. There are big shoes to fill up front but I'm confident Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski can lead from the front once they've found their feet. I was impressed with Liverpool against Manchester City last weekend and they do appear to have strengthened well this summer. But Arsenal have it in them to go to Anfield and claim all three points. Taking our chances is essential because Liverpool will not give away a great deal anywhere on the pitch.


This turned out to be the day that the new-look Arsenal gave us a clue as to what they are capable of. A couple of early misplaced passes apart, this was a masterclass in playing away to opponents of some stature. Abou Diaby rightly earned the plaudits. He has missed so much through injury that he deserves enormous credit for his display at Anfield. Alongside him Mikel Arteta and Santi Cazorla helped him dictate the pace and direction of play. Lukas Podolski impressed too, working hard at both ends of the pitch and scoring the opener after fashioning a lightning fast break with Cazorla. The German international repaid the compliment for the second and both will surely score many more this season. A word too for Per Mertesacker who, after a harsh early yellow card, timed each ensuing challenge to perfection. After the frustrations of the opening two fixtures this was indeed a good day to be a Gooner. Well played lads.

This is a fascinating match-up between two managers attempting to shape new-look sides. After facing two clubs who primarily defended the point they started with, Arsenal will hope to benefit from facing a team who are sure to show more ambition. Don't get me wrong, Liverpool away will never be an easy fixture, but there will hopefully be more opportunity for Arsenal to find space and exploit them. The midfield trio appears to be settled for now, but Arsène faces interesting choices at the back, where Laurent Koscielny returns after injury, and up front where Gervinho's place will surely be under threat from both Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. The defence, rock-solid but hardly overworked thus far, will do well to rack up a third consecutive clean sheet, while the excellent travelling support will be hoping to see Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud, or Santi Cazorla break their Premier League ducks. Liverpool have just one point from their opening two fixtures, but that was at the expense of champions Manchester City in a game they might well have won. I am hoping the experience in the Arsenal midfield will shade the possession on the day and that we will convert that into points. One-nil to the Arsenal, anybody?

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3 Sep 2012