Arsenal manager Unai Emery has admitted his side are afraid of Liverpool ahead of the top of the table clash between the two sides at Anfield this weekend.
The two sides are the only remaining teams with a 100% record in the Premier League this season, but Arsenal are the underdogs going into the clash.
It’s a position Emery accepts and he even jokingly said his team would have loved to avoid the mighty Reds. The Gunners have suffered a 9-1 aggregate loss on their last two visits to Anfield which explains why Emery may not be willing to face Klopp’s men.
Speaking after Arsenal’s win over Burnley last weekend, Emery revealed Arsenal’s ambition this season is to reduce the gap between them and the title contenders.
“For us we don’t want to play against Liverpool ever,” Emery said jokingly. “We’d prefer not to play against them.
“That is really our challenge, a good test. For the supporters, for all of us, going there with six points is good. Really our target is to reduce the distance to Liverpool, Manchester City, Tottenham and Chelsea.
Nevertheless, he believes a trip to Anfield represents a good challenge for them and will show how far they have come this season.
“When we play against them it is a big challenge to show how we can be. Next week is going to be a very good match.
“We are going to prepare first with the adaptation to them, their gameplan and individual players and after to impose our gameplan and capacity. We are going to prepare both defensively and offensively.
“I think first is to be positive in our capacity and then work hard. I know my past is to work hard, the present and future is going to be the same. After we can win, we can lose. But above all is be positive and keep moving ahead.”