ARSENAL manager Unai Emery wants his stars to “write a new history” by shedding their reputation as top-six showdown pushovers.
The Gunners took just six points from clashes with their traditional trophy rivals in Arsene Wenger’s final season.
They have already lost to Manchester City and Chelsea this term but today’s visit of unbeaten Liverpool gives Arsenal a chance to buck the trend.
The Spaniard has guided the Gunners to 12 wins from the last 13 outings in all competitions.
And that gives Wenger’s successor hope that his side can go one better than last season’s 3-3 ding-dong at the Emirates Stadium.
“We want to write a new history”
He said: “We want to write a new history.
“The new history is in the present and with our quality and our capacity, I believe in my players and this project.
“We are starting this project with a very positive way with what we are doing.
“We also need to improve things but each match they are giving us a lot of information for improvement and development and I trust in my players.
“We are looking forward to playing against a team like Liverpool.
“I know if we have a very big mentality in the game and a very big performance individually and collectively – and also we need some luck – then I think we can win.”
Arsenal haven’t beaten Liverpool since April 2015 but at least Emery has got the better of Jurgen Klopp more recently.
The pair met as managers in the 2016 Europa League final and despite Liverpool taking a first-half lead, Emery’s Sevilla side came back to win the trophy for the third year in a row with a 3-1 victory.
He said: “I remember this as a very difficult match. Then last year they played the final in Champions League. This is development.”
However, it is not just the upward curve of Klopp’s fortunes at Anfield that Emery envies.
He said: “I look at Klopp and he smiles every day. I want to smile like him. I need to learn also to smile more. Of course, when we win it’s more easy…”