Gary Neville believes Unai Emery should omit Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Joe Willock, Matteo Guendouzi and Reiss Nelson from his Arsenal starting XI for their clash against Liverpool FC at Anfield on Saturday evening.
The Gunners will make the trip to Liverpool FC on Saturday evening as Emery’s side look to protect their 100 per cent record in the Premier League so far this season.
Maitland-Niles, Willock, Guendouzi and Nelson started both of their Premier League games in the new campaign as Emery displayed a willingness to place his faith in youth.
Arsenal were 1-0 winners against Newcastle United at St James’ Park in their Premier League opener earlier this month before the Gunners secured a 2-1 victory over Burnley last weekend.
However, Emery’s side will take on reigning Champions League holders Liverpool FC in their third Premier League fixture of the 2019-20 season at Anfield.
Arsenal have a miserable record at Liverpool FC over the past three seasons following three successive losses which saw the north London side concede 12 goals.
Sky Sports pundit Neville believes Emery would be wise to drop Maitland-Niles, Willock, Guendouzi and Nelson for the top of the table clash on Saturday evening.
“I think for me it’s all about Arsenal. I think we always know what Liverpool are like at Anfield, their record there over the last 12-18 months has been outstanding,” Neville told Sky Sports, as quoted by Metro.
“Arsenal have got a poor record and every time I’ve watched them in the last few years it feels a bit to me like they lack competitiveness at times, they melt. I worry about them when they go to Anfield, I always feel like it’s a difficult place to play but there’s a lack of adaptation.
“I’m not for them changing their whole style of play, but just for them respecting where they’re going to play and learning. They haven’t got a player in their squad that’s won a league game at Anfield and that really is a problem for them. And I’m not quite sure how they can change that.
“They’ve got four Under-21s in that team: Maitland-Niles, Guendouzi, Willock and Nelson. This is not a kindergarten place, Anfield, you need to go with a little bit of experience and I think some of the players on the bench [last week] and maybe Xhaka need to come in.”
Arsenal finished in fifth spot in the Premier League table last season to miss out on a place in the Champions League for the third consecutive campaign.