Arsenal vs. Liverpool: A Showdown of Soccer Giants in the FA Cup Begins In An Hour

"The Gunners" fell into a crisis during the holidays, will they "spill" all the good things they did because their opponent is the great Liverpool

by Sededin Dedovic
Arsenal vs. Liverpool: A Showdown of Soccer Giants in the FA Cup Begins In An Hour
© Michael Regan / Getty Images

Arsenal started the season as Premier League title contenders, but recent stumbles have put them in an uphill battle. After back-to-back defeats to West Ham and Fulham, Mikel Arteta's side dropped to fourth place, five points behind leaders Liverpool.

To make matters worse, their first challenge in 2024 is none other than the in-form Reds, this time in the Soccer Association Challenge Cup (FA Cup). One of the many derbies in England is waiting for us in about an hour. This match brings with it a potent mix of history, pressure, and hope.

Arsenal boasts the most FA Cup wins (14), and a win this Sunday would provide a much-needed boost of confidence after a turbulent month. However, their chances have been hampered by key absences from the Africa Cup of Nations and Asian Cup, including Mohamed Elneny and Takehiro Tomiyasu.

Liverpool, although weakened by the absence of Mohamed Salah and Wataru Endo, are likely to field a strong attack with Cody Gakpo, Luis Diaz, Darwin Nunez, or Diogo Jota. Núñez's recent goalscoring woes are a cause for concern among Liverpool fans, but manager Jurgen Klopp remains firmly behind the young striker.

Klopp's praise also extends to midfielder Curtis Jones, whose growing maturity and impressive work ethic have cemented his role in the squad. Although he is very young, he seems very confident on the field, so his teammates can rely on him.

Both teams successful in the FA Cup

While both teams struggle with personnel issues, they share a hunger for silverware. Arsenal is itching to return to FA Cup glory after three seasons without a trophy, while Liverpool is looking to add to their eight titles and close the gap on Manchester United's 12.

The last FA Cup meeting between these two giants was in 2014, with Arsenal winning 2-1 under Arsene Wenger. This week's encounter promises a different narrative, with Arteta and Klopp in charge and both teams desperate to turn the tide.

Ultimately, the Emirates clash presents a crucial opportunity for both Arsenal and Liverpool. For the Gunners, it's a chance to reignite their title aspirations. For the Reds, it's an opportunity to cement their dominance and showcase their pursuit of trophies.

Whoever emerges victorious will carry the momentum into the rest of the season as this competition is very important in the UK. Regardless of the fact that the upcoming duel will be played already at the start of the competition, the meeting between Arsenal and Liverpool always has the charm of a big derby, with the impression that this match will be more important for the "gunners," as for the reason already mentioned at the beginning of the text, as well as due to the fact that only three days later the Liverpool team will face Fulham in the semi-finals of the League Cup.

Given that this is already the very end of the competition, there are expectations that Jurgen Klopp will make additional rotations in the team against Arsenal so that some players will be ready for the duel with Fulham.

Arsenal Liverpool