Premier League: Arsenal get Liverpool Test, Lampard Seeks First Chelsea Win

Early Premier League leaders Liverpool and Arsenal face off in a match that is seen as the first test of the Gunners title credentials.

One of the only two remaining 100 percent records in the Premier League will go at Anfield where the European champions will hope to continue a fine recent record against the north Londoners under Jurgen Klopp.

The German has never lost in seven previous Premier League meetings against Arsenal and his side have beaten the Gunners 4-0 and 5-1 at home in the past two seasons.

However, Unai Emery’s outfit are hoping a busy summer in the transfer window, while Liverpool did not strengthen, will have significantly narrowed the 27-point gap between the sides last season.

The Spaniard will count on veteran centre-back David Luiz to make his mark by halting the free-scoring trio of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah, who combined for all five Liverpool goals when the sides last met.

Mane and Salah have Arsenal in their crosshairs

Arsenal have some outstanding finishers of their own. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who shared the Premier League Golden Boot with Mane and Salah last season, has scored his side’s winner in the first two games of the campaign.

And on the evidence of Liverpool’s first four games of the season across all competitions, a defence that registered 20 Premier League clean sheets last season looks far less solid.

While Liverpool and Arsenal have taken advantage of a couple of kind fixtures to get their campaigns off to a bright start, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham all dropped points on matchday two.

The roles are reversed this weekend as United host Crystal Palace, who have yet to score this season, at Old Trafford, City travel to Bournemouth and Spurs seek to dismiss Newcastle with the ease newly promoted Norwich did last weekend.

Frank Lampard was not handed an easy start to life as Chelsea boss with a trip to Old Trafford followed by Liverpool in the Uefa Super Cup and the visit of an ambitious Leicester side to Stamford Bridge last weekend.

However, Lampard, who had just one year’s managerial experience at Derby prior to taking over his old club, needs a win at Norwich to ease the questioning of his tactics.

But Norwich have a striker in form – Teemu Pukki – who has scored four times in his first two Premier League appearances, including a hat-trick against Newcastle last weekend.


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