Arteta backs players to end Arsenal's winless streak at Anfield

The north London outfit's last successful Premier League trip to the celebrated home of Liverpool FC came in 2012

By Reuters

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has taken his team to the top of the Premiership table. - Reuters
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has taken his team to the top of the Premiership table. - Reuters

Published: Fri 22 Dec 2023, 7:22 PM

Arsenal can end their winless streak at Liverpool when both sides meet this weekend, which would help them preserve their spot at the top of the Premier League, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said on Friday.

Arsenal, who are top of the table with 39 points from 17 matches, face second-placed Liverpool on Saturday. The north London outfit's last successful Premier League trip to Anfield came in 2012 - when Arteta was still playing for Arsenal.

"It is going to be a special atmosphere for both teams and it is strong opposition. We will prepare to win it and go for it - it will be an intense match," Arteta told reporters.

"It is always great to be in the highest position in this league and we will try to maintain that, but we have to be intelligent to manage the game.

"Last time we beat them was a while ago and it was a good moment, which is something we can replicate tomorrow..."

The Spanish manager provided an injury update on a trio of injured midfielders, saying: "Thomas Partey is still finalising his rehab. He hasn't trained with the team yet.

"Mo Elneny hopefully will train with us today. Jorginho is still a doubt."

Football belongs to the fans

Arteta also weighed in on Thursday's European Court of Justice ruling that UEFA and FIFA contravened EU law when they prevented the formation of a Super League.

"We are very clear. It is exactly the same. We remain in the same position," Arteta said. "We love playing in the Champions League and we'll continue to do so.

"Football supporters and the passion they bring to the game is the main reason this game belongs to them. We have to look after them - their opinion is very important."

Arsenal, who were among six Premier League clubs who signed up for the Super League project in 2021 before withdrawing amid fan protests, also posted a statement on Friday distancing themselves from the Super League.


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