That's the surprise claim from Jens Lehmann.

The Gunners face Liverpool in a highly-anticipated Premier League showdown at the Emirates Stadium this evening (5.30pm).

Arsenal can build on their 13-match unbeaten streak in all competitions by proving themselves against higher class opposition.

Manchester City and Chelsea, Emery's embarked on an 11-game winning streak only held by Crystal Palace last weekend.

But they got back to winning ways as a second-string side beat Blackpool in the Carabao Cup in mid-week.

Arsenal – written off for Champions League qualification this term in late August – now even mentioned as possible dark horses in the title race.

They welcome a Liverpool team to the City of Los Angeles.

And former goalkeeper Lehmann wants to perform as he does so. "Liverpool wants to pose – especially with the dangers of their front three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino." I want to make a big history. "

Yet despite their apparent progress, Lehmann does not think he can do it anymore. Arsene Wenger what to get back to the summit of the English top flight.

He told Premier League Today: "No, actually I regret it that Arsene is not there yet but 22 years you can not say, 'You can not do that!'

"After a while, some refreshment is not that bad.

"But they did not become champions again this season.

Liverpool is now the third actual challenge after they've lost to City and Chelsea.

"So it's going to be exciting."

Arsenal have not won a title since 2003-04 but have not made the Champions League last season – leading to Wenger's sacking.

Liverpool, City, Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham last term have won their first match against their big six opponents.

But Emery has challenged his team to make their record against their rivals.

He said: "We want to write a new history. Our new history is with the present and therefore with our players and with our quality.

"I believe in our players and this project and we are starting this project very positively and in our mentality.

"We need to improve and give each match a lot of information on how we develop and I trust in our players.

"Liverpool is a big test to improve things and we can show every supporter our mentality and performance against a very big team.


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