Good morning and welcome to football.london’s live coverage of Mikel Arteta’s pre-match press conference ahead of Arsenal’s Premier League clash with Liverpool.
Arteta’s side have begun the season in fine fettle, winning each of their first three matches in the Premier League and EFL Cup but the first of two trips to Anfield this week represents a significantly greater test for the Gunners.
“Probably the toughest place to go in Europe or the world,” Arteta noted ahead of today’s press conference. Still the Spaniard is yet to lose his two games against the Premier League champions so far, winning at the Emirates Stadium late last season and hoisting the Community Shield at the start of this.
There will be more to discuss than Monday’s game however. The transfer window closes a week after Arsenal’s visit to Anfield and Arteta is likely to be asked about prospective moves for Houssem Aouar and Thomas Partey in addition to potential exits for the likes of Lucas Torreira, Matteo Guendouzi and Shkodran Mustafi.
Meanwhile as much as Arteta may not like it he may well be asked more questions about Mesut Ozil after the World Cup winner was left out of the squad for the 2-0 EFL Cup win over Leicester City in midweek, his 17th consecutive conclusion from the Arsenal team.
Follow below as our senior writer James Benge brings the updates from the Gunners manager as they come.