Arsenal vs Liverpool Game Thread

"It's up for grabs now!"

That was Brian Moore's famous call of Michael Thomas' championship-winning goal for Arsenal against Liverpool in the final game of the 1989 season. (The call is essentially the British equivalent of Jack Buck's "I don't believe what I just saw!" in the 1988 World Series.)

The two teams meet again at 12:45 Mountain Time today at the Emirates Stadium in London, albeit with substantially less on the line. Arsenal sit in sixth place in the Barclays Premier League with 37 points, just four behind Tottenham Hotspur for an all-important Champions League place. Liverpool are in a three-way tie for seventh in the league with 34 points. The game can be seen on Fox Soccer Channel (Channel 619 on DirecTV).

The game today is being played against the backdrop of tomorrow's transfer deadline. So far in the January transfer window, Liverpool has brought in striker Daniel Sturridge, who may play today, from Chelsea and midfielder Philippe Coutinho from Inter Milan. Meanwhile, Arsenal have brought in...nobody, though they are reportedly in talks with West Ham over midfielder Mohamed Diame and Barcelona about striker David Villa.

Both teams last played this weekend against lower league opponents in the FA Cup, with Arsenal defeating Championship (second tier) side Brighton & Hove Albion, 3-2, and Liverpool losing to League One (third tier) Oldham Athletic by the same score. However, both teams scored five goals in their last Premier League game, Arsenal taking out West Ham United, 5-1, and Liverpool smashing Norwich City, 5-0.

The Gunners expect captain Thomas Vermaelen to return to the defense today, he missed the Brighton match with an ankle injury, but will be without midfielders Mikel Arteta and Francis Coquelin. Liverpool will look to bounce back from the loss at Oldham with the return of goalkeeper Pepe Reina and defenders Jose Enrique and Glen Johnson.

SBN Coverage: Arsenal - The Short Fuse; Liverpool - The Liverpool Offside, Anfield Asylum

I'll post full lineups in the comments once they're released.

Eat. Drink. Be Merry. But the above FanPost does not necessarily reflect the attitudes, opinions, or views of Purple Row's staff (unless, of course, it's written by the staff [and even then, it still might not]).

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