Mikel Arteta is aware of the importance of the match against Liverpool, but also of every other one that follows after that. The Spanish expert hopes that his club can stop the infamous streak at Anfield. Arteta believes that this is the ideal chance to achieve victory.
"We have to fully embrace it and go for it. It's a chance to go to Anfield and do something we haven't done for many years.
We hug each other and move on. I have full respect and admiration from what they have done. I reacted that day to defend our players and that is it."- Arteta said, as quoted by eurosport.com Liverpool is not in the best shape this season.
Arteta is aware of this, but he also knows how difficult it is to manage to keep the team at its peak. "It shows the difficulty of being at the top and transforming a football club," he continued.
"It shows how hard it is to maintain that.
We’ve all had difficult moments. What they have done at the club is remarkable." The Spaniard commented on Arsenal's bad experience at Anfield. "It’s a different group coming from a different position. What we need to have is courage."
Carragher and his opinion
The opinion of the legend of Liverpool, Jamie Carragher, is also interesting, who believes that Klopp will have a difficult task.
‘Arsenal will arrive on Merseyside with more belief than they have had since their last league win at Anfield since 2012,’ Carragher said for the Daily Telegraph. ‘Before Tuesday’s 0-0 draw with Chelsea, I predicted Liverpool would beat Arteta’s side, purely because of home form.
If this game was not at Anfield I would not be so confident Liverpool had any chance. Jurgen Klopp has had little cause to be envious of other squads during his Liverpool reign. He does now. He must wish half of Arteta’s team were in his starting XI.
Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli bring the lightning pace and penetration that Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane introduced to Klopp’s 4-3-3 system five years ago. Not so long ago, Klopp must have investigated if it was possible to lure the Arsenal duo to Merseyside. Suffice to say that ship has well and truly sailed.'