Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette will be “licking his lips” at the prospect of playing against a weakened Liverpool defence this weekend, according to Kevin Campbell.

The former ex-Gunners forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, said the 29-year-old is “the form guy” right now and will be desperate to make up for missed chances in the reverse fixture at Anfield last September.

Lacazette is expected to lead the line against the Reds on Saturday, having produced a match-saving performance last time out against West Ham.

Liverpool will likely continue with the centre-back pairing of Ozan Kabak and Nat Phillips, with Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip all still sidelined through injury.

Speaking to club media this week, Liverpool’s assistant manager Pep Ljinders heaped praise on both Kabak and Phillips ahead of the trip to the Emirates.

However, Campbell described the partnership as “weak” and said Lacazette has to “make the most it”.

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“Earlier on in the season, Lacazette had a few chances at Liverpool but he blew them,” he told Football Insider. “They were pretty significant at the time but he could not finish so he will be looking to make amends.

“Now though, he is in a rich vein of form and that Liverpool back line is not as strong as it used to be.

“Lacazette is the form guy at Arsenal right now and he will be licking his lips because you do not get the chance to play against a Liverpool side as weak as this. He has to try and make the most of it on Saturday.”

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