After three wins in three games Mikel Arteta has several of the sort of selection dilemmas that managers relish.
Two free-scoring strikers are vying for a starting spot, reserve options in midfield are putting pressure on the starters and the worst of the injury crisis may be about to ease.
Even at full strength Arsenal will face quite the challenge in overcoming the Premier League champions, although it is one that Arteta’s side have proven themselves up to on two separate occasions in recent months.
Three wins from three against Jurgen Klopp would be quite the achievement for Arteta in his fledgling managerial career but what does he need to do to give himself the best possible chance of victory at Anfield?
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football.london writers suggest the best possible XI for the task below…
Tashan Deniran-Alleyne (football writer)
Arsenal have tasted success against Liverpool in recent months, but Monday’s game will show just how far they’ve come under Mikel Arteta.
The Reds rarely lose at home and they always score, so the Gunners need to be resolute at the back and also be ruthless in attack as they will create chances at Anfield.
Two big decisions facing Arteta are in his back three. David Luiz and Kieran Tierney should be available, so I would be tempted to go with the same defensive set-up that started the Community Shield win.
And that also means Mohamed Elneny gets the nod in midfield over Dani Ceballos who did say he struggled to cope with Liverpool’s pressing in the game at Anfield a year ago.
These are the games Willian has been brought in for and he needs a big performance, while I’d start Eddie Nketiah over Alexandre Lacazette as the central striker.
Tashan Deniran-Alleyne’s team: Leno; Holding, David Luiz, Tierney; Bellerin, Elneny, Xhaka, Maitland-Niles; Willian, Nketiah,…