Aubameyang backs himself, Lacazette and Pepe to rival Salah, Mane and Firmino

Alex Oxlade Chamberlain Liverpool

Arsenal look to avenge last season's humiliating Anfield defeat against Liverpool

"I think over the last few seasons, especially at Anfield, we've always had high-scoring games".

Last season's clash - which started so promisingly with Arsenal taking the lead after 11 minutes - ended in one of the most humiliating defeats of the season, as Liverpool humbled its opponent 5-1.

They are now looking to trim the squad of fringe players not in Unai Emery's plans and have two stars they are encouraging to leave the Emirates Stadium.

"I want to create our mentality, our style, and get stronger in our way little by little".

"We know it's only the beginning but we can be positive and optimistic for that match and wishing to show our (best) moment against them, but knowing that it is going to be hard - it is a very big challenge and a very big opportunity for us to do something".

"Saturday against them is a massive match, an awesome opportunity for us to do something important". He remembers specifics of the December capitulation that he believes were unusual: the "not normal" concession of two penalties that were "maybe fair ... maybe not" and the two quick goals conceded through defensive mistakes after Ainsley Maitland-Niles had opened the scoring. At the same time he asked that little heed should be paid to the narrow wins over Newcastle and Burnley that have contributed to the early optimism: both fixtures, he noted, brought the same outcomes last season.

It could be that that only Maitland-Niles keeps his place at Anfield, with Nicolas Pepe and Granit Xhaka expected to come in - but Emery believes that the young players now coming through at Arsenal are about to make a major mark on English football. There is very big motivation.

"Each match is a big challenge and for us one to prepare as well as possible".

He added: "We really need the young players to share their energy and capacity and hunger and we need also the experienced players".

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