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I have an embarrassing confession to make. I thought Liverpool was going to be the title contender this year. I know, I know, laugh all you want. I knew their squad was pathetically thin, but I just had this feeling they were going to get lucky with injuries. Obviously, that was not the case, and, in fact, it was the complete opposite. I should start thinking that about all our rivals next season.

Unfortunately for us, tomorrow we won't face the same team that crashed out of Europe's premier competition before the final matchday. We will see the team that handled Manchester United with consummate ease. Arsene's troops have already failed their three biggest tests of the season, so they can't fall short again.

Vital Quotes:

This has nothing to do with Sunday's match, but I think we can all let out a sigh of relief because of these eight words.

'There is no truth in the Pavlyuchenko stories,' said Arsene Wenger.

Liverpool Team News:

According to Rafa, Liverpool's season starts on Sunday. Fernando Torres will start his first league match in six weeks, and summer signing Alberto Aquilani could also start. The Italian looked a class act in his Carling Cup cameo at the Grove. Babel is a doubt. Crap, I wanted him to play.

Player to watch: Steven Gerrard

England's best player (and best diver) was not happy with his sides performance against Fiorentina. I can guarantee you he'll have a good game tomorrow.

Arsenal Team News:

There is no new injuries to report because none of the starters, bar Song, traveled to Greece. Eduardo and Diaby could return, but they are listed as doubtful. Bendtner has suffered a setback which will keep him out until the New Year. Clichy, Djourou, Gibbs, van Persie, Rosicky, and Eboue will be missing.

Who will start in goal? Fabianski had a strong outing against Olympiakos, but has that earned him a chance at Anfield? We will have to see.

My Predicted Starting XI: Almunia, Sagna, Gallas, Vermaelen, Traore, Song, Denilson, Fabregas, Walcott, Nasri, Arshavin

Player to watch: Andrey Arshavin

Who else? The only player to score 4 goals and still not play a good game. I thought his movement and defending for most of last year's roller coaster match was poor. Hopefully he gets played in the lone spot up front and plays like he did against Stoke.

Ref Watch:

Coward Webb, ****. Enough said.

Match Prediction:

Arsenal hasn't won at Anfield since our four day smash and grab in 2007. I don't see that changing. Another draw it is. 4-4 anyone?

Next Fixtures:

16/12 (Wed) - Burnley (a) - Premier League

19/12 (Sat) - Hull City (h) - Premier League

27/12 (Sun) - Aston Villa (h) - Premier League

The match will be on SS1 in England, and FSC in the States.

Have a good weekend Gooners!

Writer:Brice Coffer
Date:Saturday December 12 2009
Time: 7:29AM

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Coward Webb - So true. He costs us 3 points a season at Old Trafford
12/12/2009 09:28:00
No need to be embarrassed about thinking Liverpool were going to do the business this season, I'm sure about 50000 scousers and an assortment of pundits were of the same opinion in August. I thought that l'arse Chelsea and the scousers would all be battling it out at the top with Manure falling away. I got the Chelsea bit right, today's game will reveal whether the Arsenal part of my prediction will come true or not.
12/12/2009 09:45:00
Despite the rivalry I have always enjoyed the game between the two teams and I know most Arsenal supporters have a lot of respect for Liverpool especially the fans. Thiery Henry once commented that he would choose Liverpool over any other club in the UK, Arshavin made positive comments about the Liverpool fans also. With both Chelski and Manure dropping points it would be an interesting game. My gut feeling is a 1 - 1 draw although I pray we nick it though.
12/12/2009 20:07:00
this has really become the game of our season now. we couldn't have asked for a better set of results today. if this Arsenal team is serious about winning the league, then winning tomm is a must. can't blow this one away cuz we wouldn'get a better chance than this to comeback in the title race. liverpool will definetly make the top 4 cuz seems like no one else is really interested in taking it, so i hope they come with their champions league form tomm. i got no predictions cuz all i want is an Arsenal win. dun care about the performance whether we are good or played off the park, this time it's all about the result..
12/12/2009 20:14:00
Amazing how the key results went today, which has now drawn more attention to the game tomorrow. It is not a must-win, really, as a draw will not be so bad. For me, I will take a draw everytime, so long as we continue to take 3 points off the smaller teams. That kind of form is what has proved to win the EPL, rather than the form against the top 4 sides. By the way, did anyone see the dive by Rooney today (Man U v Villa) and how the commentators were,shamelessly, trying to almost force the replays to "show there was contact"? The culprit made no bones about his resultant yellow card, yet the commentators were suggesting he didn't dive. I only hope we won't have to moan about Coward Webb tomorrow.
12/12/2009 21:31:00
If they want to crack down on diving then they need to crack down on the big english players who regularly dive. Rooney, Gerrard, Young etc. I dont want to mention Spurs, but i feel i must at least say that Lenon, Defoe and for part of the game Modric played and they still lost.
12/12/2009 23:48:00
I really think that tommorow is a must win game if we want to win the title. Only so many points that Chelsea & Man United will drop and we need to make the most out of it. We have already lost 3 games against the other title contenders(city included). With Liverpool on bad form its as good a time to play them.
12/12/2009 23:52:00
Dont pin your hopes high guys.. I predict a loss.
13/12/2009 06:28:00
Not that I don't think we can win, but these "must win" games usually appear to put too much pressure on the boys and what we get is tactical indiscipline, after things start to go awry (not according to a written script). My thoughts are that if we can get most maximum points against lower placed sides, it won't matter how many we take off the top 4 contenders in order to aspire for the title. ...Sajit, I predict a loss too; for Liverpool.
13/12/2009 11:12:00
I predict 1 - 1!
13/12/2009 15:57:00
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