Arsenal latest: Liverpool team news, Inler linked and first place 'no coincidence'

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All the latest news and gossip from the past 24 hours at The Emirates.

The main news coming out of Arsenal today has been from Arsene Wenger’s press conference. The manager was discussing all things Arsenal ahead of their crunch tie against Liverpool in the Premier League tomorrow evening.

Injury wise, nobody returns, just Mikel Arteta from suspension, while Serge Gnabry remains injured.

However, Theo Walcott, Mathieu Flamini and Lukas Podolski could all be available for the Manchester United fixture.

Liverpool on the other hand have good news on the injury front, they could recall Philippe Coutinho if they wish after his recovery from a dislocated shoulder - however a start seems unlikely.

Wenger also spoke about the Suarez transfer saga, form of Olivier Giroud and the reunion with Kolo Toure this weekend.

But perhaps his best comments were in relation to the teams performance this season:

"It is down to us to prove them wrong. It is a continuation of what we started in early 2013. If you take a bigger perspective of our situation, it is not a coincidence we are where we are."

One man sure that Arsenal’s defence has what it takes to keep Liverpool’s ruthless Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge strike-force at bay this weekend is Thomas Vermaelen.

He may not be in the starting XI at the moment, but he has faith in those that are keeping him warming the bench:

‘’We know them from the past. We played a lot against Luis Suarez already, and of course I know him from my time in Ajax. Sturridge we played against last season. We know them both, they are playing well and quite dangerous. But now we need to keep going like we did the last couple of weeks.’’

Finally, and Arsenal are again being linked with Napoli midfielder Gokhan Inler. He has been linked with a move to Galatasaray today, which could reportedly alert The Gunners to his availability.

 

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