Revealed: Wenger lifts lid on the tactics he'll employ to keep SAS quiet…

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Arsenal boss explains the best way to ensure any impact Liverpool's strike duo have come Saturday is minimal.

The strike partnership of Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez at Liverpool is devastating as between them, the Red duo have scored 37 of the club's 58 goals in the Premier League, however, this season, they were uncharacteristically quiet at the Emirates Stadium when they took on Arsenal in November.

Through a combination of Arsene Wenger's tactics and his senior players' collective ability to put the instruction into action, the Gunners nullified the SAS threat and defeated Brendan Rodgers' side by a 2-0 score.

The reverse fixture is scheduled to take place at Anfield tomorrow, Saturday, and Wenger has revealed precisely what he plans to do to ensure Sturridge (responsible for a goal/assist every 74 minutes) and Suarez (returns a goal or assist every 46 minutes) are frustrated for the full 90 minutes once again.

'[The key is] for us to dominate the game and leave them as few balls as possible,' the Frenchman said simply, as quoted by the club's official website.

'That will be one of our targets of course. At Liverpool the task might be a bit more difficult but the philosophy on our side has to be the same - to master the ball and to have the ball and to dominate the game. Liverpool have a strong offensive force with Sturridge, with Suarez, with Coutinho, with Sterling behind. All these players can score goals and make a difference.

'So what you want on our side is a strong defensive performance.'

How Arsenal left Liverpool with as few balls as possible the first team they met this season is documented here and will once again require strong performances from Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny and Mikel Arteta.

Striker Olivier Giroud has more: 'We didn't let them play, we kept them under pressure and closed them down. That's why we didn't see a lot of Suarez and Sturridge.

'We kept another clean sheet so that's what we need on Saturday.'

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