Gunners go to Anfield where they have a poor record but the league form book over the past 11 months puts them fourth

The Premier League’s youngest squad have seen nothing yet, or so their manager would have it. Twelve weeks have passed since Arsenal were crushed at Manchester City and, pointless after three games, looked ripe fodder for footballing obituarists. They have barely put a foot wrong since and, when they walk out at Anfield late on Saturday afternoon, they will face their most serious test since the turnaround took shape.

“We haven’t experienced anything,” said Mikel Arteta when it was put to him that the level of expectation bestowed on his players, two points and one position shy of their fourth-placed opponents, could present too heavy a burden. “They’ve been together for two and a half, three months since we closed the transfer window. The group doesn’t have experience: the experiences they are living now have been quite positive since they all came together but it needs maturity, and hopefully that will come.”

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