Mar 03, 2012

Liverpool vs Arsenal : Key Battles

Luis Suarez vs Thomas Vermaelen

Both technically strong,this would be one big battle worth watching.The No 7’s ability to charge through defenses, hold the ball up to set his teammates up and to dribble past defenders, simply is a nightmare for any defender.Although Suarez scored 2 goals in in his last three outings for the reds, there has been a significant dip in form of his overall game.Vermaelen on the other hand also seems to have his form declined slightly in the ever-porous Gunners back-line.With both Liverpool and Arsenal opting for the pass and move style of football it would be an ideal platform for both these players to regain their lost form.

Martin Skrtel vs Robin van Persie

This would be the key battle that could decide the outcome of the game.Skrtel being one of the most improved and consistent center back in the Premier League go head to head against the current league’s most prolific marksmen.With Agger being out with a rib injury,Skrtel will have a tough task containing the pace, trickery, creativity of the arsenal captain.


Steven Gerrard vs. Alex Song

With the Liverpool talisman being head and shoulders above the Arsenal midfielder in all departments of the game,this isn’t exactly the game changing key battle on papers .However after completing 120 minutes for Liverpool in the Carling cup final and with a lack of proper defensive midfielder in the Liverpool side,the Reds will see a much less aggressive and deep playing Gerrard facing against one of the most improved defensive midfielder in the league.Again it will be foolish for Arsenal to ignore Gerrard’s instinctive match winning,set-piece and passing abilities.

Lets hope Gerrard will be fit enough to start the match on Saturday.

Jose Enrique vs. Theo Walcott

After a bright start to his Anfield career, Jose Enrique has arguably dropped his phenomenal levels a Little bit.On his day, Enrique boasts frightening pace, dribbling ability and physical strength,but on Saturday he will be enforced with the big task of containing the hit-or-miss Theo Walcott. Completely terrible  in the first half with crowd calling for substitution, Walcott came back with an unbelievable show of pace in the second to finish Tottenham off.

Lets see whose day will it turn out to be this time?


Stewart Downing vs. Bacary Sagna

Downing showed the best of what he can offer with pace, trickery and a willingness to run and beat his man at Wembley.However on Saturday he is up against Bacary Sagna who is a whole different proposition altogether.Strong in the tackle and capable of muscling attackers out, Sagna also posses a great threat forward .

Downing has to be at his best to come out winner in this key battle.

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