'We need to dominate Liverpool'

Arsenal hope to have midfielder Jack Wilshere back for Saturday's Premier League clash with Liverpool, a match manager Arsene Wenger says his side must "dominate" if they are to contain free-scoring Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez.

Sturridge and Suarez have scored a combined 37 goals for fourth-placed Liverpool this season, and Wenger said leaders Arsenal could not sit back and defend if they hoped to stifle a side that is "strong offensively". "We need to dominate the game in order to keep Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge quiet," he told a news conference on Thursday.

"Liverpool are strong offensively with Sturridge, Suarez, (Philippe) Coutinho, (Raheem) Sterling and (Steven) Gerrard. Liverpool are in a better position than when we last played them. They have momentum. We must control possession. Saturday is a good moment for us to win a big game because we have a big month ahead."

Arsenal are two points clear at the top of the league, but face a busy period of fixtures in which they will play five times in 14 days, starting with the trip to Anfield. Wenger hopes to have England international Wilshere back from an ankle injury on Saturday, ahead of a week when they host Manchester United in the league and play Liverpool again the FA Cup fifth round.

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