Arsenal have released their pre-game team news on the official club website ahead of Saturday’s clash against Liverpool at Anfield, with three key defenders facing a race against time to be fit for the game.

The Gunners will travel to Merseyside to face England’s most in-form team, with the Reds top of the table and unbeaten in 19 Premier League fixtures this season.

Arsenal will need to be at their best defensively to blunt a devastating Liverpool attack, but Unai Emery may need to shuffle his pack at Anfield.

The North London club have confirmed that Nacho Montreal and Shkodran Mustafi are both nursing hamstring strains, while Hector Bellerin has an issue with his calf.

All three of the Arsenal defenders will be assessed before the game and a decision made in relation to their potential involvement.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan remains sidelined with a metatarsal injury and will play no part against Liverpool.

Arsenal certainly have the attacking weaponry to hurt Liverpool in the final third, but the travelling support will be more concerned about their ability to limit the league leaders’ chances at the other end.

The Gunners faithful will hope that their defensive trio are available to play, with a big challenge ahead for Emery’s troops on Saturday evening.

Arsenal are in the running to finish in the Premier League’s top four and qualify for next season’s Champions League, but defeat against Liverpool could see the North London outfit lose ground.

However, inflicting the Reds’ first defeat of the season would throw open the title race and show that the Gunners are an improved side under Emery.


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