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Liverpool game will show Arsenal fans what to expect this season

After two relatively straight forward wins over Burnley and Newcastle, Arsenal face their first big test of the season when they travel to Liverpool on Saturday.

Victories over Burnley and Newcastle saw the club win its opening 2 games of the season for the first time since 2009/10.

Despite gaining 6 points from the first 2 games, Arsenal have not exactly been putting in exceptional performances.

Victory over Newcastle was a game of one chance, whilst Burnley was a hard fought win.

Liverpool meanwhile trounced Norwich 4-1 on the opening day and looked comfortable against Southampton – although the last minute howler from Adrian made the score line a lot closer than the game was.

Against Liverpool, Arsenal should match fire with fire.

Go with a front 3 of Nicolas Pepe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette. Power and pace.

Behind them the hard working Dani Ceballos deserves his chance following a good home debut against Burnley. His energy will enable Arsenal to press high.

Arsenal then need to go a little more defensive in the midfield to offset the attacking power of the front 3. Granit Xhaka (if fit) and Lucas Torreira need to start.

Then it is the same back 4 as against Burnley – Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Sokratis, David Luiz & Nacho Monreal.

The game against Liverpool will show exactly where Arsenal are at the moment. Could we be title challengers? Or are we committing to be “best of the rest” behind Manchester City and Liverpool.

It is going to be an open game…


The Top 6: Who is still left from 2012/13?

With the transfer window slamming shut, Arsenal’s activity has left them with just 2 members of the squad who have been with the club since the 2012/13 season. Nacho Monreal and Damián Martinez.

This summer we have seen Carl Jenkinson and Laurent Koscileny both leave. They were the only two remaining players from the 2012/13 squad picture, with Monreal joined us in the January transfer window.

It feels like a huge squad turnover, that out of the 35 players to have pulled on an Arsenal shirt during that season, just 2 remains.

How does this compare with the rest of the top 6?

Liverpool – 1

Just Jordan Henderson remains from Liverpool’s 2012/13 squad. They have the highest turnover over all of the top 6. Not a surprise considering they finished 7th that season.

Chelsea – 1

following David Luiz joining Arsenak, just 1 member of the Chelsea squad of 2012/13 remain. Club captain César Azpilicueta.

Arsenal – 2

The aforementioned Nacho Monreal is still at the club having signed a 1 year extension a month or so ago. Damián Martinez played twice in the League Cup that year.

Manchester City – 2

David Silva and Sergio Aguero are the only 2 players left from a Manchester City team that finished the 2012/13 season behind their big rivals Manchester United

Manchester United – 4

The 2012/13 league champions have kept hold of Phil Jones, Ashley Young, Chris Smalling and David de Gea. Although many Manchester United fans will question how the 1st 3 are still at the club, and David de Gea probably wonders how he has not yet secured a move away.

Tottenham – 4

Harry Kane played just 4 minutes in the 2012/13 season. Jan Vertonghen, Hugo Lloris and Danny Rose are also still with the club.


Just 20 left – never to be repeated

Liverpool victory highlights how poorly Arsenal have been run

If I asked the question: “Who has the better squad – Arsenal or Liverpool?” unanimously the response would be “Liverpool.”

If I then asked a follow up question “Why?” unanimously the response would be “they have invested more.”

But that is actually untrue. Liverpool have not invested more, they have simply invested better.

If we look at the net figures since 2011 (the first summer after which the Fenway Group took over), Liverpool have only spent £10m more than Arsenal.

Money spent on player salaries during that period is also very similar. Arsenal have spent £1.397bn, Liverpool £1.381bn.

Combined spending on transfer fees and salaries are also near identical. Arsenal have spent £1.642bn on net fees and salaries, whilst Liverpool have spent £1.637bn. That is a difference of just £5m

In terms of revenue, Arsenal lead the way with £2.243bn generated since 2011. Liverpool have generated £2.255m

So since the Fenway Group took over in 2010, Liverpool and Arsenal have generated similar income and spent similar on players + salaries.

Of course, in that time Arsenal have won 3 FA Cups whilst Liverpool have won the Champions League and League Cup. Both teams have finished above the other 4 times. So you could argue that the similar outlay have resulted in a similar level of success.

As it stands, Liverpool have a much superior squad than Arsenal and you feel it will take Arsenal some time to catch back up.

In summary, Arsenal need to spend what they generate better. They need to buy more players with a better sell on value (think what Liverpool got for Coutinho and Luis Saurez), whilst maintain better control over their wage bill.

I am willing to give those running the club the benefit of the doubt.

The majority of the above was with Ivan Gazidis and Arsene Wenger at the wheel. Up until 2015, we were out performing Liverpool on and off the pitch. In the 3 years from 2016 to now, we have fallen off the pace.

With the new commercial deals coming in and Raul Sanlehhi as the new captain of the ship, we need to be established and then move forward again.

It might take a couple of years for Arsenal to catch Liverpool back up, but with both clubs having similar spending power, it is certainly not mission impossible. We just need to spend what we have better.