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Liverpool vs Arsenal preview: Mesut Ozil set to miss the crunch clash with illness

The big news heading into this one is that Mesut Ozil will miss the game with illness.

Arsene Wenger had said in his press conference that he should be available but that appears to have changed now.

Of course, it is bad news for Arsenal to be without one of, if not their best player, but it opens up some possibilities in regards to the formation.

Wenger is not the most flexible of managers and persists with the 4-2-3-1 but could he switch to a 4-3-3 for this one?

A midfield three of Granit Xhaka, Francis Coquelin and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could be a possibility and give the team a more solid midfield.

If he sticks with the usual formation I’d expect Alex Iwobi to move into the middle with a combination of Danny Welbeck, Chamberlain and Theo Walcott on either side.

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Aaron Ramsey is back in full training this week but seems unlikely to get the start, although the Ozil news could force Wenger into playing him earlier than he would like.

Laurent Koscielny was the other doubt for the game but like Ramsey he should be fit and is likely to make the starting line-up.

Mohamed Elneny and Santi Cazorla are the two other players that will miss out. Cazorla is unlikely to play again and Elneny is out for three weeks.

For Liverpool, Dejan Lovren may be fit to start after missing the past few games but Daniel Sturridge and captain Jordan Henderson will miss the game.

Arsenal haven’t got the best of records at Anfield in recent times. The last time they won there was back in 2012. If they have any hope of catching Chelsea then this is a must win.

It is also a huge game in the race for the Champions League places. This game could go a long way to deciding who gets the fourth spot.

The Gunners have hardly been in the best of form but their three Premier League wins in six is a lot better than Liverpool who have just a solitary win over those games.

Both team’s seasons are heading in the wrong direction but a win here could kick-start something as we come down the final stretch.


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