Liverpool aim to break Arsenal jinx
Andy Carroll is hoping lightning will strike twice at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday as Liverpool aim to secure their first away win over Arsenal in more than a decade.sports Updated: Apr 15, 2011 13:39 IST
Andy Carroll is hoping lightning will strike twice at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday as Liverpool aim to secure their first away win over Arsenal in more than a decade.
Carroll, who bagged the first goals of his Liverpool career in an emphatic 3-0 defeat of Manchester City on Monday, has already produced a match-winning performance at Arsenal this season.
The 21-year-old striker scored the decisive goal in a 1-0 victory for Newcastle at the Emirates back in November and is now hoping to repeat the feat for his new club, who have not won at Arsenal since February 2000.
Carroll, who scored twice in the victory over Manchester City at Anfield, believes Liverpool can learn from the tactical template used by Newcastle in their victory over the Gunners.
"We need to work hard to close them down and make sure that we don't give them space or time on the ball because we know what a good side Arsenal are and what they can do if you allow them to do that," Carroll said.
Carroll's aerial presence caused no end of problems for Arsenal's fragile back four earlier this season, when the England striker netted with a glancing header to secure victory for the Magpies.
"All the Newcastle lads played well that day. It was a great ball in from Joey Barton and it was something that we had practised in training beforehand.
"There's no reason why Liverpool can't win there and all the lads are confident that we can beat Arsenal."
Anything less than victory for Arsenal will deal a potentially fatal blow to the Gunners hopes of overhauling Manchester United, who are otherwise engaged in their FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City on Saturday.
A defeat to Liverpool would leave Arsene Wenger's side seven points adrift of United with only six games remaining.
Elsewhere on Saturday, Chelsea will attempt to shake off the disappointment of their Champions League exit to United with a potentially awkward trip to West Bromwich Albion, unbeaten since the arrival of Roy Hodgson as manager.
The Blues head to the Hawthorns with clouds of uncertainty swirling around manager Carlo Ancelotti, whose future at Stamford Bridge has been called into question following their latest European disappointment.
Chelsea officials have insisted that no decision on Ancelotti's future will be taken until the end of the season.
Goalkeeper Petr Cech insists that Chelsea's players must share the blame for the club's trophy-less season, and said the Blues were now aiming to finish the campaign on a winning note in the championship.
"There are still seven games to play," Cech said. "Those seven games will make a big difference because if we win most of the points we can finish second," Cech said.
"Of course the season won't be remembered for winning trophies, but people will at least remember us for finishing second with our heads up.
"We need to go and qualify for the Champions League so we can have another go next season," he added.
At the other end of the table, Wigan face a six-pointer at Blackpool, where victory for the Latics may lift Roberto Martinez's side out of the relegation zone depending on results elsewhere.
Meanwhile Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan hopes to help his side halt a run that has included seven defeats in eight games when the Black Cats travel to Birmingham aiming to pull themselves out of the relegation mire.
"If Sunderland need a win, then I need a goal," said Gyan, who has not scored since February. "It's been a long time without one but as a striker bad runs like this can happen.
"You can talk all you like about how badly the results have gone and what might happen in the remaining games, but it all comes down to the fact that we need that win. If we get it, then it changes everything."
Fixtures (1500 unless stated)
Saturday: Birmingham v Sunderland. Blackpool v Wigan. Everton v Blackburn. West Brom v Chelsea. West Ham v Aston Villa.
Sunday: Arsenal v Liverpool