Nine years have passed since Arsenal defeated Liverpool at Anfield, and Mikel Arteta believes his men can break the spell if they "raise their game" on Saturday.
"It's always a test [to play at Anfield]. It is a fascinating stadium to play football in
"You have to be at your best. You have to raise the level to your maximum standards - emotionally, physically, tactically, technically - because if you don't, you will get exposed.
"To go to Anfield is always a test. There are not that many grounds as good as that to feel you are a footballer.
"Jurgen and the staff have managed to bring the club to the best moments in their history, and to sustain it, which is probably the hardest thing to do.
"They have transformed the energy around the place."
are fourth with 22 points and Arsenal are fifth with 20 points. But it seems thatArsenal
will enter this crucial match with better conditions because they have not lost the last ten games, while Liverpool have lost one of the last two games and drawn one.
Arteta said to capitalise on that form and finally overcame Liverpool at Anfield:
"First of all, you have to believe that you can go there and beat them
"If somebody doesn't have that mindset they should not put the shirt on and go to Anfield tomorrow.
"And then, you have to raise your game individually, to your best.
"You have to be able to suffer at the right moments because there will be moments you have to do that.
"Then as a team, you have to have very clear ideas of what you have to do on that pitch to beat that side."
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