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Gallery

Pictures: Squad train ahead of Liverpool match

We trained for the final time at London Colney ahead of Friday night's Premier League clash against Liverpool at Emirates Stadium.

Mesut Ozil, Hector Bellerin and Jack Wilshere were among those involved in the session.

Our club photographer was there and sent back these pictures.

Interview

Wenger - How we can stop the Fab Four

Salah, Coutinho, Mane, Firmino.

More than 50 years after the Beatles became the original ‘Fab Four’ to emerge from Liverpool, the same term has been coined for Jurgen Klopp’s exciting, attacking quartet.

We got a front-row view of Liverpool’s threat when we slumped to a 4-0 defeat at Anfield in August, and Arsene Wenger knows we’ll have to defend a lot better when the teams meet again on Friday.

“I believe that Liverpool is very good going forward so you need overall a good defensive performance,” said the boss.

“I have to analyse that well and you have to guess a little bit who will play [for Liverpool]. It is not always the same - it depends on their personnel.

“They have plenty of offensive players and, looking at them recently, they have changed a lot their teams so it is difficult to guess. But I will try to see what I do. For me, the most important thing is we turn up with a positive performance. We have been strong at home and it is important we continue to dictate our game at home.”

Ainsley Maitland-Niles is vying for a place on the left of defence, where he’s likely to come up against the free-scoring, in-form Mohamed Salah.

“I don’t have any fears about Ainsley,” said Wenger. “Nor Kolasinac. Both of them are quick and strong and good. Kolasinac will be available for Friday.

“when you have such a long career as I have, you have some defeats unfortunately that hurt you for the rest of your life. I believe what is interesting in football is you always have a time to make up for it.

“When you can put things right, do it. So let’s focus on what is in front of us and turn up on Friday night with a completely different performance.”

Goals

Check out our best goals at home to Liverpool

We've hosted Liverpool 25 times in the Premier League era - and we've scored some pretty special goals in that time.

Remember Alexis' rocket a couple of seasons ago? And what about Kolo Toure’s run and finish? Or Thierry Henry's solo effort?

Watch five of our best goals against Friday's opponents above and then vote below.

The Breakdown

The Breakdown: Arsenal v Liverpool preview

We’re back in Premier League action on Friday when we host Liverpool at Emirates Stadium.

Ahead of the game, tactical expert Michael Cox examines our opponents in detail.

MANAGER

MC: When Jurgen Klopp arrived in English football two years ago, his tactics were largely about counter-pressing – winning the ball back as quickly as possible, usually in advanced positions. But that approach is now less obvious, and Liverpool are concentrating more on counter-attacking – winning the ball in deeper positions and then using the speed of their attacking players on the break.

FORMATION

MC: Having previously played 4-3-3 on a consistent basis, with Philippe Coutinho brought back into a left-of-centre midfield role rather than playing on the left wing, Klopp has started to use a system that appears more like 4-4-2, with Coutinho and Sadio Mane out wide, and Mohamed Salah joining Roberto Firmino up front. This worked well in both the 4-1 win at West Ham and the 7-0 destruction of Spartak Moscow, and could be used against Arsenal.

STRENGTHS

MC: In recent weeks there’s been a fascination with Klopp’s so-called ‘fab four’ all starting in the same side – Salah alongside Coutinho, Firmino and Mane – although Klopp has been noticeably keen to rotate his forwards, with the likes of Daniel Sturridge and Dominic Solanke also receiving opportunities upfront. 

DANGERMAN

MC: Salah is surely the signing of the season, topping the Premier League’s goalscoring charts with 14, although his arrival strengthened Liverpool’s existing strengths rather than addressing weaknesses. The same questions persist, about the lack of a clinical penalty box poacher, and the tendency to concede cheap goals.

AREAS TO TARGET

MC: Defensively, Liverpool can be exposed. Alberto Moreno has improved hugely since a dreadful showing here last season, but still has a tendency to make mistakes, as a poor showing at his former club Sevilla demonstrated. Andrew Robertson, the alternative, offers good left-footed crosses. On the right, Joe Gomez offers traditional defensive qualities, while youngster Trent Alexander-Arnold has often performed well. 

Interview

Kolasinac - How we can counter Liverpool's pace

Liverpool may visit us on Friday with the Premier League’s leading goalscorer in Mohamed Salah, but Sead Kolasinac knows what must be done to contain the fleet-footed forward and his team-mates.

The Egypt international tops the domestic charts with 14 goals, while Roberto Firmino and Phillipe Coutinho have chipped in with six and five strikes respectively.

And although Kolasinac is aware the Reds will provide a stern test, the 24-year-old is prepared to combat their pace.

“Firstly they made a really good transfer in getting Mohamed Salah,” he told Arsenal Player. “He’s integrated quickly and has scored a lot of goals and given a lot of assists too. When you look at the four they have in attack and see the players they have on the bench, they are all quality. They all have a lot of pace. 

“If you know someone is faster than you, don’t give them any space, get tight and prevent them from having an opportunity to use their pace. That will be decisive. If their front players are able to utilise their speed, it will be tough to catch them. Before they get on the ball, we need to be tight to them.

“I’ve followed Liverpool because Joel Matip is a good friend of mine. As a team, they work well and that’s why it will be a difficult task for us to beat them on Friday.”