Arsenal welcome Liverpool to the Emirates Stadium on Monday evening in what is the biggest match for either club so far in this still fledgling Premier League campaign.
After a solid pre-season, the Gunners started the new term in disappointing style with a 2-0 defeat at home to London rivals West Ham United, prompting critics to question the club's title credentials once more.
But a hard-fought 2-1 win over another capital club, Crystal Palace, last weekend seems to have steadied the ship for Arsene Wenger's side ahead of the clash with the Reds, and the veteran manager will be desperate for the club to pick up their first home win of the season.
The Frenchman has no fresh injury or suspension concerns ahead of the visit of the Merseysiders but remains without Jack Wilshere (ankle), Danny Welbeck (knee) and Tomas Rosicky (knee).
Liverpool, meanwhile, have enjoyed the best possible start to the new campaign with two wins from two, although Brendan Rodgers' men have been far from convincing in their 1-0 victories over Stoke and Bournemouth respectively.
Joe Allen (hamstring), Daniel Sturridge (hip) and Jon Flanagan (knee) are all still missing for the Reds as they make the trip down south, while skipper Jordan Henderson will face a late fitness test after picking up a knock in the win over the Cherries.
Arsenal have lost just once in their previous seven Premier League clashes with Liverpool, having won four and drawn the other two going into the clash.