Arsenal manager Unai Emery has revealed the Gunners want to change their record against the premier league top six and they plan to start when they take on second-placed Liverpool at the Emirates on Saturday evening.
Last season, the Gunners won just once out of nine games against Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham. Asked about improving their record, Emery, whose side won 11 games in a row before last week’s draw with Crystal Palace, said: “We want to write a new history. Our new history is with the present and also with our players and with our quality.
“I believe in our players and this project and we are starting this project very positively and in our mentality. “We need to improve but each match gives us a lot of information on how we develop and I trust in our players.”
Arsenal are just four points behind Saturday’s opponents and leaders Manchester City. Having replaced Arsene Wenger in the summer, the Spaniard was cautious when asked if he thought his inherited team was starting to feel like his own.
“Every day we are continuing to improve,” he added. “When I arrived this club had a lot of positive things, plus there was my personality and style. “But we are at the beginning and we still need a lot of time. Liverpool is a big test to improve more things and we can show every supporter our mentality and performance against a very big team. “But we are in a process. I want to make a big history.”
Meanwhile, ahead of the match Liverpool manager Klopp spoke highly of Emery; “He [Emery] did brilliantly. After a tough start they started an impressive run. Hopefully they aren’t in it after our game, but it will be a very interesting match. They are organised, have good counter-attacks and do quick, outstanding plays in small spaces.”
Speaking on the match Klopp said he expects a tough match saying the gunners will be a threat attacking wise. He said: “They played in an impressive way, they won all of them except for Crystal Palace which they could have won but how they played two or three months ago isn’t important they are a threat for everybody.”
“It’s always been a big challenge for us. They are really strong. It will be a very interesting game for sure. We need to be ready for that.” “They score a lot of goals and they are really good defensively. We have to make sure they don’t score. You need the full package in games like this.”
The two sides go into the match with Liverpool hoping to preserve their unbeaten record while Arsenal know a win will put them one point behind their rivals.