While their Premier League form has been sublime, punctuated by a maximum haul of 12 points in September and their undefeated league run extending throughout October, Arsenal have suffered convincing defeats to Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League and Chelsea in the League Cup - both games at Emirates Stadium.
The club clearly have some home improvements to make, particularly when it comes to unforced defensive errors, but on Saturday afternoon they host a side who possess what is arguably one of the finest, most effective and most devastating attacking line-up in Europe, certainly in England.
Manchester City's physical midfielder Yaya Youre warned in The Sun: 'Liverpool are a big threat at the moment because they have a strong squad and their strikers — Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge — are scoring goals at will.'
Combined, Sturridge and Suarez - dubbed SAS, after the prolific partnership of Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton for Blackburn Rovers in the mid 1990s - have returned 19 goals and assists in the Premier League to date. Considering the minutes they have been on the pitch, they are responsible for one goal scored or assist created every 61 minutes.
Arsenal, meanwhile, have conceded, on average, one goal every game.
Will the Gunners be able to deny SAS a route to goal at the weekend or will they have to score multiple times to ensure the win? Let us know in the comment section below.
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