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Roberto Firmino had the Arsenal defence in knots as he scored a hat-trick last December

Liverpool star Roberto Firmino has scored eight in eight against Arsenal… Unai Emery must keep the Gunners’ ultimate bogeyman quiet to stand a chance at Anfield

  • Forward Roberto Firmino has never failed to score against Arsenal at Anfield
  • The Liverpool striker has always found the net inside the opening 20 minutes
  • Arsenal travel to Liverpool on Saturday evening looking for third straight win
  • But the Reds are unbeaten at home in the Premier League since April 2017 
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Never mind having a front three to fear when it comes to playing Liverpool, Arsenal already have their danger man singled out ahead of their trip to Anfield on Saturday evening.

Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane will prove big enough threats but it is Roberto Firmino the Gunners must keep quiet if they wish to become the first team to leave Anfield with three Premier League points since Crystal Palace over two years ago. 

The Brazil striker has been a thorn in Arsenal’s side over the years, scoring eight goals in as many starts.

Roberto Firmino had the Arsenal defence in knots as he scored a hat-trick last December

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Roberto Firmino had the Arsenal defence in knots as he scored a hat-trick last December

The Brazilian's treble took him to eight goals in as many games against the Gunners

The Brazilian's treble took him to eight goals in as many games against the Gunners

The Brazilian’s treble took him to eight goals in as many games against the Gunners

Much of the damage has been in recent times too, with the previous meeting back in December seeing Firmino hit a hat-trick as Liverpool demolished Unai Emery’s side 5-1.

Another concerning statistic for the Gunners is how clinical Firmino has been against them.

His eight goals over the years have come as a result of only having 11 shots on target. Give him a hint of an opportunity to score (Arsenal’s defence has hardly been lauded with praise in recent times) and it’s more than likely he will find the net.

Firmino scored his first two back in January 2016 in a 3-3 draw between the teams at Anfield

Firmino scored his first two back in January 2016 in a 3-3 draw between the teams at Anfield

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Firmino scored his first two back in January 2016 in a 3-3 draw between the teams at Anfield

Just over a year later Firmino was on target again at Anfield, firing home from close range

Just over a year later Firmino was on target again at Anfield, firing home from close range

Just over a year later Firmino was on target again at Anfield, firing home from close range

Opta stats show Firmino's record vs Arsenal

Opta stats show Firmino's record vs Arsenal

Opta stats show Firmino’s record vs Arsenal

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That net more often than not is at Anfield. Firmino has never failed to score against Arsenal when playing there.

His first season saw him score twice inside the opening 19 minutes in a 3-3 draw back in January 2016.

Just over a year later he was quick out the blocks again with a ninth minute strike giving Liverpool a platform to race on to a 3-1 win.

While in August 2017 he again opened the scoring to allow Liverpool to scamper towards a 4-0 rout. 

A header in August 2017 saw him grab his fourth goal overall against Arsenal in a 4-0 victory

A header in August 2017 saw him grab his fourth goal overall against Arsenal in a 4-0 victory

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A header in August 2017 saw him grab his fourth goal overall against Arsenal in a 4-0 victory

Firmino's only goal at Arsenal saw him rescue a 3-3 draw for Liverpool in December 2017

Firmino's only goal at Arsenal saw him rescue a 3-3 draw for Liverpool in December 2017

Firmino’s only goal at Arsenal saw him rescue a 3-3 draw for Liverpool in December 2017

Not all his goals come at Anfield though – or in the early stages either.

Prior to his hat-trick, a December 2017 clash saw the striker rescue Liverpool a 3-3 draw after Jurgen Klopp’s outfit blew a 2-0 lead to go 3-2 down in little over five minutes.

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Unai Emery has his work cut out trying to half the influence of Firmino. Getting past the first 20 minutes without seeing him running off celebrating would be progress of sorts.

Unai Emery has a tough task in trying to limit Firmino's influence in Saturday's Anfield clash

Unai Emery has a tough task in trying to limit Firmino's influence in Saturday's Anfield clash

Unai Emery has a tough task in trying to limit Firmino’s influence in Saturday’s Anfield clash