Arsene Wenger's Arsenal side face a major examination of their Premier League title credentials when they face Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday after successive home defeats.
The Gunners go into the latest round of matches at the top of the table, two points clear of their opponents and Chelsea who face Newcastle earlier in the day. But their confidence has been hit by back-to-back home losses to Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League and a League Cup exit at the hands of Chelsea.
Wenger, bidding to end Arsenal's now eight-year-long trophy drought, knows his side must quickly reverse the dip in home form.
Reds head south in good form following a convincing 4-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion at Anfield last weekend.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has refused to entertain talk of a serious title challenge with only a quarter of the season having finished.