Arsenal defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos has this afternoon revealed his opinion that the contrasting styles employed by Liverpool and Burnley may make the former easier to defend against.
Liverpool vs Arsenal
Unai Emery’s Gunners are set to travel to Anfield this weekend, for their 3rd outing of the new season.
As things stand, Arsenal sit alongside their upcoming opponents atop the Premier League table, having picked up a pair of wins over the last 2 weeks.
After putting Newcastle to the sword by a goal to nil at St. James’ Park two weekends ago, the north Londoners followed up with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Burnley in the English capital on Saturday.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang proved the match-winner for the 2nd week straight, though it was summer signing Dani Ceballos who stole the headlines with a Man of the Match performance.
Dani Ceballos vs. Burnley:
90% pass accuracy
4 chances created
4 take-ons (100% completed)
3 fouls won
— afcstuff (@afcstuff) August 17, 2019
Sokratis on Liverpool test
Arsenal’s opponents this coming Saturday, though, are widely-expected to provide a far sterner test to the Gunners than was posed by either Newcastle or Burnley.
On the back of their Community Shield disappointment at the beginning of the month, Liverpool have since followed up with a trio of victories, including in the UEFA Super Cup versus Chelsea.
One individual who feels as though his day’s work may have actually proven more difficult against Burnley than it will versus Jurgen Klopp’s men, however, is Sokratis Papastathopoulos.
Speaking in an interview with the Evening Standard, Greek stopper Sokratis suggested that the less physical, more technical style employed by Liverpool could make it ‘more easy’ to defend against the Merseysiders:
‘It is a different game.’
‘Maybe it is more easy, because you don’t have to fight a lot – but they also play football.’
‘If they are on good day and you are having a bad day, it is hard. In the end, we know that it is difficult and we respect Liverpool a lot. But I think the best [way] is to go and play our style of game. We will see what happens.’
‘But the 5-1 last season…it was not the game to take five goals – [there was] the penalty kicks, we made mistakes.’
‘I think this year will be different, but we have to improve of course from the work we do with the coach and his staff.’
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