Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has described this weekend as an ‘opportunity’ to end the club’s poor recent record at Anfield when they face an inconsistent Liverpool in the Premier League.
The Gunners have not won a game at Anfield in any competition since a league visit in September 2012 almost 11 years ago. Of the 12 times they have been to the red side of Merseyside since, eight have ended in Liverpool wins, with four draws.
In 2020, Arteta’s Arsenal won at Old Trafford for the first time since 2006, while the recent north London derby victory was their first away at Tottenham since 2015. Arsenal have won their last three trips to Stamford Bridge, but prior to 2021 hadn’t won there since 2011.
Anfield remains the next one to tick off in terms of big away wins for Arteta.
“We know that we want to change it and have very good examples of things we have done in the last two years at places we haven’t won in 15, 18, 22 years – and we have managed to do that. Tottenham, like Manchester United away, like Chelsea, a lot of examples,” he told Sky Sports.
Rather than be intimidated by a poor record at Anfield, Arteta instead described it an ‘an opportunity’. He explained: “When you have an opportunity to win a game, you have embrace it, take it and be very positive. Emotionally, you have to be in a state that you actually believe it is going to happen and it is what we try to do.
“We have done different things with a similar intention and then you win. When you win, it has worked…[but] when you don’t win, it hasn’t worked. You have to think out of the box to get different results and something different out of individuals or teams that probably don’t have the level to be where they are – you have to do something else.”