When Arsenal host Liverpool on Sunday it will perhaps be the biggest game of the Premier League’s debut weekend. An Arsenal side that continues to have the same flaws and restless fans meet a rejuvenated Liverpool side that has been refurbished under Jurgen Klopp this summer. We take a look at three key battles that will decide the outcome of this one.
1 – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain vs. Alberto Moreno
Despite all the hard work that Klopp has done over the summer, he still hasn’t recruited a new left back and that will be a cause for concern for Liverpool fans. Moreno really struggled last season for the most part and he is likely to come up against an Oxlade-Chamberlain that has really impressed in pre season for the Gunners. But as Arsenal fans will know only too well, ‘The Ox’ has a terrible productivity rate in the Premier League and he needs to start showing some of that pre season form when it matters. If he starts on the right against Moreno on Sunday it could be the perfect opportunity for him to lay down a marker, just as a good performance from the Spaniard could settle the Liverpool critics down.. for a few days maybe. The deciding factor will be whether Oxlade-Chamberlain can perfect his ambitious attacking play, he is unlikely to get as many openings as he managed in pre season games. The unpredictability of ‘The Ox’ leaves this battle wide open, but it could be a deciding factor in the outcome of the game.