Arsene Wenger admits unpredictability of Liverpool rotation makes preparation "difficult"

by Leon Thompson December 22, 2017, 0:24
Arsene Wenger admits unpredictability of Liverpool rotation makes preparation

That 4-0 drubbing proved to be Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's last appearance for Arsenal before leaving for Liverpool and although the England worldwide attracted widespread criticism for his display on that day, Wenger refused to point the finger at his former player.

Reds boss Jürgen Klopp will surely be looking to bolster his defensive ranks during the January transfer window, if he has genuine ambitions of his side challenging for major honours on all fronts this season.

Resurgent Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is determined to show Arsenal what they are missing when he returns to the Emirates on Friday night.

"If you watch Arsenal in the past, their two decisive players were [Mesut] Ozil or [Alexis] Sanchez". Once you get comfortable with that, you can start to relax more.

"The biggest improvement and the biggest potential he has is being involved in goalscoring situations".

He said: "It's all so different, he has become more and more a Liverpool player. But I think you've got to give big credit to people like Dejan (Lovren) and Raggy (Ragnar Klavan) at the back as well".

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Arsenal are known for their expansive style of football, which has often left them suspect at the back, but Klopp believes Wenger has often tweaked his team when playing against Liverpool. It's hard, you can't just play a little bit, you don't know all your team-mates - it's all different.

Liverpool will head into Friday's match against Arsenal a changed side-a more defensively capable side.

He cost Klopp's side £40 million after spending six years at the Gunners, appearing almost 200 times for Wenger's team and is determined to show fans what they are missing.

"Of course Giroud won't be playing, it could change a few things maybe". Whoever will play, they have a strong side.

"For example, Alberto Moreno did fantastic this season". "After that we looked at certain things to try and change them and then it's all about the togetherness in the squad".

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