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David Thompson 1st Sep 2012 - 16:34

Scoreline action at Anfield? Or just a deadline disaster for all?

Liverpool v Arsenal

English Premier League

13:30 - live on Sky Sports 1

Match betting: Liverpool 23/20 Draw 23/10 Arsenal 12/5

After successive goalless draws against Stoke and Sunderland, Arsenal fans may be wondering why Arsene Wenger put his feet up and watched deadline day unfold? The loss of talisman Robin van Persie has already been felt at the Emirates and it is evident that new boys Podolski and Giroud will need time to get to grips with the pace of the Premier League. In the modern era the Gunners wage structure is beginning to redefine the characteristics of the club, especially now that the better players, Nasri, Fabregas, van Persie and Alex Song are being sold to direct rivals. Are Arsenal now a feeder club to those they are competing with?


"In Arsene We Trust." Well we don't have to look very far back in history to when Arsenal were in a similar position. Club captain Fabregas moved to Barcelona and Samir Nasri moved on to Man city whilst Arsenal got off to a slow start in 2011-12. However Arsene Wenger, with the help of Robin van Persie's goals, masterminded a third place finish in reply to all his critics.


The one saving grace for the Gunners is that although they are having problems in front of goal they appear to be pretty secure at the back. Arsenal have allowed the opposition just 10 shots at goal so far this season, fewer than any other Premier League side and they are a tempting 3/1 to keep a clean sheet at Anfield on Sunday.


If deadline day was quiet for Arsenal then it was a disaster for Brendon Rodgers and Liverpool. After releasing Andy Carroll to West Ham, who to add insult to injury had a great game against Fulham, Liverpool were unable to secure the seemingly straight forward signature of Clint Dempsey. He would eventually end up at Spurs leaving the Anfield manager with just the two recognized strikers in his squad and struggling to field a credible squad for Arsenal's visit.


Early signs suggest that neither of these sides are title contenders and will both be clinging on to the hope that they will be competing for a top four finish. 12/5 for an Arsenal win represents some value however Liverpool proved against Man City that they are still able to raise their game in the big fixtures, eventually drawing 2-2 in a game that they should have won.


For our headline offers we have enhanced the wincast prices on dangermen Luis Suarez and Lukas Podolski. Suarez, originally 21/10, can now be backed to score anytime in a Liverpool win at 5/2, whilst Podolski is a 7/1 chance, originally 11/2.


Considering the faltering start of both these sides and the general approach that Liverpool take into games at Anfield, the 4/5 on offer for under 2.5 total match goals looks a solid bet. Another price that stands out in this fixture is the 6/4 about Arsenal Draw No Bet. All in all this is an intriguing fixture and one that both managers would love to win in order to take the limelight off their club.

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