Paul Merson states his prediction for Arsenal v Liverpool FC

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Arsenal manager Unai Emery has been discussing how he intends to get the better of Liverpool in this weekend's highly anticipated game.

In sharp contrast, champions Manchester City picked up 24 points from the 30 on offer against Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham.

Unai Emery's side are fourth in the table, but will move to within one point of Liverpool with three points.

"I want to quickly [reach] our best performance, but I know we need a process", Emery said when asked if he will also need three years to return Arsenal to Europe's elite. If they play on Friday and we play on Sunday then for two days you think about the pressure being more on us.

Liverpool will look to continue their stellar defensive record by looking to quiet an Arsenal attack who are tied for second in the Premier League with 24 goals scored. I also believe it'll be a game of very high technical quality, two teams playing really well.

Arsenal's French striker Alexandre Lacazette (C) celebrates with teammates after scoring his team's first goal during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium in London on November 3, 2018. "Now, for us, it's a good, big example of how you can improve also in your way".

Following the game against the Reds, Arsenal face two further home games - against Portuguese side Sporting and Wolves - before the global break.

From Thierry Henry's ridiculous hat-trick in Arsenal 4-2 victory at Highbury in 2004 to Liverpool's 4-3 victory at the Emirates on the opening weekend of the 2016/17 campaign. "We are starting this project with a very positive way with what we are doing".

Leno called the pulsating encounter a "wicked match" that lived up to his image of Premier League football and credited Arsenal supporters for their part in the home side's coming-from-behind effort.

"I don't think it comes as a surprise but I believe they'll find our team very hard work on Saturday. The characteristic each player has is important, and Iwobi can impact on the match", Emery said. I want to do it while enjoying every day.