Arsenal v Liverpool - Would this result be WORSE than a loss for the Gunners?

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Arsenal have a chance at revenge against Liverpool last week for their 5-1 defeat, will it go to plan?

Arsene Wenger admitted that his 'nervous' side had the confidence knocked out of them by a rampant Liverpool last weekend, so much so that they couldn't attack Manchester United for fear of losing.

So the last opponents The Gunners want to see rock up at The Emirates (apart from next week's visit of Bayern Munich) will be Liverpool.

That is exactly what happens this weekend when Arsenal take on Liverpool in the FA Cup, a game which presents them with the chance at instant revenge.

That's if it all goes well of course, but we shouldn't be expecting Liverpool to field an under-strength line-up for a trophy they have a real chance of winning, so it promises to be another full-on encounter.

A loss would be a tough break for Arsenal, to see a chance of silverware slip away themselves, right ahead of their crucial clash with Bayern in the Champions League days later.

But would there be one result which is, in a funny way, worse than a straight out defeat?

Well possibly. You see a draw might just be an even worse result for the Gunners to stomach.

It would mean a replay, to take place at Anfield, likely a midweek evening fixture - and it will be the last place Arsene Wenger and his troops want to visit so soon after such a destructive defeat.

The fear of having to go there again may be enough to feel as demoralising as a loss, while Liverpool will be strong favourites to win the game.

Ripping off the plaster of a loss may be better now than have the agony prolonged for another day, and a replayed high intensity game will be the last thing Arsenal will need amid their packed fixture list and tired looking form of striker Olivier Giroud.

With the quarter-finals due to take place in early March, it would mean another game in between the two fixtures with Bayern.

Arsenal will go into the game with Liverpool knowing a win is essential, and a draw or loss are both results they can ill-afford.

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