It's high time the industry and fans alike recognise Arsene Wenger's men as favourites for the crown, but they may not gun for the win versus Liverpool.
Following on from Chelsea's well worked defeat of Manchester City at the start of the week, Arsenal could make their own statement of ambition and quality should they see of the challenge of Liverpool at Anfield tomorrow, Saturday, February 8, however, for a former Gunner, the club would take a draw.
Two-time league champion Paul Merson acknowledges that the match-up with Brendan Rodgers' men will be an arduous examination for Arsene Wenger, particularly when it represents the advent of gauntlet run of games in all competitions, but because of the season-long form and perpetual threat posed by Liverpool strike duo Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez, Arsenal will likely take a draw.
'This is a hard game for Arsenal and if they win it then I think you've got to start saying they're the favourites to win the Premier League,' wrote Merson in his preview for Sky Sports. 'They have got some big fixtures coming up and this is the first of those.'
He continued: 'With Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge playing so well I think Arsenal would take a draw. Arsenal have not been playing well, but they've been winning and I think a draw would do them. It's also a big game for Liverpool after a bad result against West Brom and there's pressure on them as well.'
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