Arsene Wenger might have been well served if he had imposed a gag order on himself during this disastrous spell of matches. It has been painful to see the gaffer tying himself into knots in his post match interviews issuing statements high on petulance and self denial. Le Professuer's witty and urbane demeanour has gone down le pissoir.
We now face a Liverpool team which has regained more than a pulse. They may not have Fernando Torres and Yossi Benayoun but they are carving out wins.
So dear team can we give Wenger his 300th Premiership win so that we can return to the good old days of banter and light heartedness?
Dirk Kuyt seems to have come good with four goals in the last four matches. His industry has always been unquestionable and it now includes a potent finishing touch. Arsenal will have to mark him well. Yes, we've heard that before with Drogba and Rooney to no avail.
Update: We might actually get a real centerforward to start the match. Nicklas Bendtner seems to be working hard on it.
Liverpool will look to target Gael Clichy who seems to provide ocean wide gaps in coverage. And what bets Steven Gerrard will test Manuel Almunia whose confidence hangs by a thread with some long range bombs and set pieces.