Unai Emery has admitted he would rather not play Liverpool this season but insists Arsenal will be positive when they face the European champions at Anfield.
Liverpool are the early Premier League leaders after beating Norwich and Southampton in their opening two games, while Arsenal are second in the table after wins over Newcastle and Burnley.
“That is really our challenge, a really good test. For the supporters, for all of us, going there with six points is good.
Liverpool and Arsenal have both started the new Premier League season with two wins out of two
“Really our target is to reduce the distance to Liverpool, Manchester City, Tottenham and Chelsea.
“When we play against them it is a big challenge to show how we can be. Next week is going to be a very good match.”
Liverpool thrashed Arsenal 5-1 in the same fixture last season thanks to a Roberto Firmino hat-trick and goals from Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.
However, Emery is confident his new-look team can keep Liverpool’s dangerous front three quiet this time around.
He said: “We are going to prepare first with the adaptation to them, their game plan and individual players and after to impose our game plan and capacity.