#SPORTS: Arsenal to face acid test against Liverpool

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The gunners have been beefing up their defense since losing their first two Premier League games of the season, as they are faced with a major test of their credibility with the visit of unbeaten Liverpool on Saturday.
The Juergen Klopp’s side, who is currently second in the league standings on goal difference behind Manchester City, have only dropped points against the champions and Chelsea in their opening 10 matches as they bid for a first top-flight title since 1990.
Those same sides inflicted defeats on Arsenal in Emery’s first matches in charge after taking over from long-standing  Arsene Wenger.
That not withstanding, Gunners quickly changed to the Spaniard’s methods, saw them winning 11 games in a row in all competitions in a battle that was halted by a 2-2 draw at Crystal Palace on Sunday.
 Liverpool boast a prolific strike force with Mohamed Salah back among the goals and Emery will hope key defender Hector Bellerin can recover from a muscular injury.
The Vitality Stadium seems to be  happy hunting ground for Bournemouth as they have not conceded defeat at home this season and have leaped into sixth place in the table.
Their last defeat there was in April against Saturday’s match with Manchester United, which lured  goal from Romelu Lukaku who will be looking to end his current drought of nine matches in all competitions without scoring.
Manchester United are still trying to raise their heads above water from the eighth place after a weak start up to the season but they did secure a morale-boosting victory on Sunday over Everton, who will look to bounce back at home to Brighton & Hove Albion.
The in-form striker Glenn Murray scoring six of Brighon’s 11 goals would be the target of Marco Silva. The 11 goals seem to be the ladder that skyrocketed them to 11th in the standings, one point behind Everton.
Sandwiched between those two are Wolverhampton Wanderers who have slipped to two successive defeats after impressing early on. They welcome Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.
West Ham, who lost 3-1 to Spurs in the League Cup on Wednesday, face Burnley with both sides locked on eight points from 10 games and looking for a first win in four.
That is a better situation than second-bottom Newcastle United who have not won this season and host a Watford side they have failed to beat in their last four league meetings.
Leicester City travel to Cardiff City on Saturday despite the demise of their boss Vichai Srivaddnaprabha .

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