The new campaign has started with matches continuing to come thick and fast as the schedule builds up, with Arsenal presented with the daunting task of travelling to Anfield twice over the course of the next week.
The Gunners face Liverpool on Monday night in the Premier League and days later, the two will clash in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.
Jurgen Klopp’s outfit rank amongst the best in Europe at the moment and they are incredibly difficult to beat, but Mikel Arteta should be aware of the best plan of attack as it was showcased when the two sides last met.
Arsenal lifted the Community Shield in August after beating the Reds on penalties, with the contest ending 1-1 after 90 minutes.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang opened the scoring on the day, and exactly how he managed to do that offers an insight into the type of situation that the Gunners must manifest once more, as there is reason to suggest that the goal would’ve been perfectly planned by Arteta behind the scenes.
Arsenal opted to build from the back at the time with the intention of enticing Liverpool’s press and luring Klopp’s men towards the ball.
Emi Martinez had the ball at his feet before passing five yards to Mohamed Elneny, who then passed to Rob Holding and then Hector Bellerin, shown below.
Arsenal encourage Liverpool to press and commit players forward by building from the back
Once the Spanish full-back received the ball, he played down the line to Bukayo Saka, with six Liverpool players then forced behind the ball as Arsenal continued to attack.
As a consequence of how Klopp likes his team to defend – by closing down as a unit, remaining compact and focusing on space rather than opponents – the Reds shuffled over towards Saka so that he couldn’t progress, shown below.
Liverpool shuffle over to the left to manage the space around Saka’s threat
However, Aubameyang remained isolated on the opposite side…