Sokratis Papastathopoulos has claimed that it may be easier for Arsenal to defend against Liverpool FC this weekend than against Burnley. The Gunners have suffered a 9-1 aggregate loss on their last two visits to Anfield which explains why Emery may not be willing to face Klopp's men.
He added: "Without Champions League football, we weren't exactly sure [what was possible], but I encouraged our football operations department to be aggressive and when Arsenal Football Club knocks on a player's door, it's a different knock". So...how does that figure to "more easy?"
"My main message to Vinai (Venkatesham, managing director) and Raul (Sanllehi, head of football) coming back from Baku on the plane and then throughout meetings all day the following day with them and Unai (Emery, head coach), was: "Let's be aggressive and find out what's possible".
"That's hopefully a sign of encouragement for Arsenal fans that, when we're out in the market place, you might never know what we're thinking and you could be surprised by some of the names that come up".
"When I was in Dortmund I played with [Mats] Hummels, who has the same style as David", he said.
Can we really see this Arsenal defence holding for an entire ninety minutes, I cannot.
City dominated the Champions League finalists with 30 shots on goal to Tottenham's three and would have scored an injury-time victor through Gabriel Jesus but for the intervention of VAR. Even a draw would be helpful in the Gunners' quest to attain Champions League qualification for the first time in four years.
Sokratis gave away a penalty at Anfield previous year and put in a 2/10 performance as the Reds ran riot.