Arsenal’s Emery dreading Liverpool trip

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Cape Town – Arsenal boss Unai Emery admits he's not looking forward to facing Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday.

The Gunners have made the perfect start to the Premier League this season, winning their first two games in the league for the first time since 2009-10, after seeing off Burnley on Saturday.

They havent been at their brilliant best, but their attacking options have helped them to come through tests with Newcastle and the Clarets.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, in particular, has been key with his two goals helping them over the line in both of those matches.

Its in defence that Emery still has plenty of issues to resolve and that will likely come to the fore when they face Liverpool at Anfield this weekend.

Arsenal lost captain Laurent Koscielny over the summer and injuries have left them short in that position so far this term.

Callum Chambers and Sokratis Papastathopoulos started in the heart of defence at St James Park, while summer signing David Luiz played alongside the latter on Saturday.

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Shkodran Mustafi has been omitted from the matchday squad so far this season as Arsenal hope to move him on before the European transfer windows close.

They are even looking light in the full-back positions at present with new arrival Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin both on the treatment table.

All of that considered, a trip to face Liverpool, who were the second-highest scorers in the league last season, doesnt seem desirable.

Certainly, that is the opinion of Emery and its understandable when assessing their most recent trips to the face the European champions.

Arsenal fell to an embarrassing 5-1 defeat at Anfield last season, while they lost 4-0 on Merseyside when visiting in 2017/18.

Indeed, Anfield hasnt been a happy hunting ground for the Gunners over recent times, having not won there since 2012, while they have conceded 22 goals in the six games following that triumph.

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