The FA Cup resumes on Sunday afternoon with Arsenal hosting Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners finished the 2023 calendar year with a 2-1 loss at Fulham, just one day before the raging Reds increased their lead at the top of the table with a 4-2 triumph over Newcastle United.
Arsenal squandered the chance to end a second consecutive calendar year at the top of the table, and have been reduced to an unappealing fourth position amid their festive plight, which has seen the Gunners claim just one win in their last six games.
Mikel Arteta’s side will now embark on their newest campaign in the FA Cup, a competition they have won a record 14 times.
However, Arsenal have failed to advance beyond the fourth round since lifting the trophy in front of an empty Wembley in 2020, losing at that stage to eventual winners Manchester City in the 2022-23 season, and the defeat to West Ham was the first time in 13 Emirates matches that Arteta’s charges failed to make the net bulge at home.
Liverpool have lost their last three FA Cup meetings with Arsenal, who defeated the Reds 2-1 at the Emirates en route to the 2013-14 triumph, and December’s tumultuous 1-1 Anfield draw extended Arsenal’s unbeaten record against the Reds to a respectable three games.
The game is scheduled for a 16:30 GMT kickoff.