Mikel Arteta faced the media on Friday ahead of Arsenal’s away trip to Anfield on Saturday.
The Gunners face a tricky trip to Liverpool on Saturday with Arsenal’s last win at Anfield dating back to September 2021. Well, the north London side has been in fine form despite a slow start to the current campaign and a win against the Reds will see them jump into the top four.
Arteta has been speaking his side’s record against Jurgen Klopp’s men and he believes they can register positive results on Saturday.
“I don’t know [why we haven’t won there more], obviously, the quality of the opponent has a big say,” he told the club’s official website.
“It’s not a coincidence that last year as well before we went to Old Trafford, it was I don’t know how many years before we won at Stamford Bridge the same, but first of all you have to believe that you go there and that you can beat them, that’s the first thing.”
“If somebody is not with that mindset, they should not put the shirt on and go to Anfield tomorrow and then as I said you have to raise individually your game to your best, emotionally, physically, technically, and tactically you have to be able to suffer in the right moments because there’s going to be moments where you’re going to have to do that and then as a team you have to have very clear ideas of what you’re going to do on that pitch to beat that side.”
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“We have a plan like every week for the strengths and weakness of every team that we have to minimize and expose the weaknesses that they have.”
On why Arsenal can beat Liverpool
“Yes [we can beat them] because of all the reasons that I said, what I see and because if not, there’s no point travelling and you always have to find the reasons to believe that your team can go there and beat them.”
“It’s one of the toughest places to go in the league, that’s for sure. For the environment, the energy that the stadium creates, the quality of the opponent, the quality of the coach that they have, for many reasons, that’s why they’ve been where they’ve been in the last few years, but we know that and we have to focus on what we can do and what we have to do.”
The two teams are separated by just two points, with Liverpool sitting fourth on the log with 22 while Arsenal is fifth with 20.