Emirates Stadium, 12:45 Saturday
Arsenal host Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday in what promises to be a pivotal match in the battle for qualification for the 2015/16 Champions League. Arsene Wenger’s side currently occupy 3rd, 6 points ahead of the Reds and with a significant goal difference advantage. The Gunners are in fine form, having won their last six league games, and recently beat Manchester United and Monaco away from home (though being eliminated from Europe on away goals). Brendan Rodgers’ side had won their last five prior to the home defeat by Manchester United a fortnight ago and join Arsenal at the top of the form table over the last sixteen weeks, but that loss has put an extra edge on this meeting – the gap between the sides by Saturday evening will be 3, 6, or 9 points, with what could be deemed as many as or as few as seven matches remaining. Manchester United host Aston Villa on Saturday, with Manchester City visiting Crystal Palace on Sunday, whilst challengers to Liverpool, Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur, travel to Everton and Burnley respectively. The value that both sets of supporters place on performance is always evident, but there’s a clear sense that this Saturday’s meeting is all about the result given its high-stakes nature – the top four battle could be either be simplified or blown wide open once again this weekend.
Nine seasons without a trophy ended at Wembley last May and you also won the Community Shield in August – has that silverware lifted a weight from the Club or was it ‘business as usual’ from August onwards?
Frankie: “To an extent. Winning the FA Cup was fantastic and ended the trophy drought — now it’s time to go and win more meaningful trophies like the Premier League and Champions League. Whilst neither of these will happen this season, I think for the first time in a while we genuinely are heading in the right direction. We’re signing top players and slowly putting things together. I would be very surprised to see us not challenge for the title next season.”
You’ve a highly-successful and well-respected Manager who’s character as a ‘stubborn visionary’ makes him a divisive figure – what are your thoughts on Arsene Wenger?
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