Arsenal legend explains how Arsene Wenger can stop Liverpool’s fearsome front four

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Arsenal legend Lee Dixon has spoken about how Arsene Wenger can set his side up to handle Liverpool’s in-form attacking quartet at the Emirates Stadium this evening.

The Gunners host the Reds at the Emirates Stadium for this Friday night fixture, and face the daunting task of keeping Mohamed Salah and co. quiet.

The Egypt international has been in particularly scintillating form so far this season, netting 20 goals in all competitions already after a summer move from Roma.

Philippe Coutinho, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino will also need to be kept quiet, with Dixon advising Wenger to keep things tight with a back four for this contest.

‘I think Arsenal should go with a back four as they have done of late,’ Dixon told the Metro.

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‘Sometimes when you play with a three and the full-backs are pushed high up the pitch, the centre-backs can get spread because their movement is so good.

‘It is hard because the attacker has got the advantage because they’ve got the ball. They know when they’re going to make a run or do a jink and you don’t, so you’ve got to be reactive.

‘The way to combat that is to force them to do something they don’t want to do, so that would be overcompensate and push them into an area they don’t want to go. That’s what we used to do when we played, we used to try and force them inside, regardless.’

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Arsenal didn’t do a great job of keeping Liverpool quiet when they met earlier in the season, with Jurgen Klopp’s men running out 4-0 winners in a comfortable victory.

Liverpool also won and scored four on their last visit to the Emirates on the opening day of last season, so will be full of confidence in this important six-pointer in terms of battling for a top four spot.

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