Arsenal can prove the doubters wrong by beating Liverpool again, says Kevin Campbell.
Mikel Arteta 's men secured FA Cup glory last season.
However, they finished a lowly eighth in the Premier League and a staggering 43 points behind the title-winning Reds.
It was Arsenal's lowest finish since 1995 and they only managed four away wins all season.
This campaign is already looking more encouraging for the north London faithful.
The Gunners battered Fulham 3-0 on the opening day and followed that up with hard-fought 2-1 triumph over West Ham last weekend.
Former striker Campbell reckons a positive result against Liverpool is needed to show that Arsenal are the real deal, though.
"Arsenal have started off well with two wins, but the big test will come on Monday at Anfield, that's a good gauge," he said.
"How they play against Liverpool will be a definite yardstick to how this Arsenal team is going to perform moving forward and whether they can show the consistency needed.
"If you get something at Anfield, then you know you're on the right track."
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Arsenal came out on top when the two sides locked horns in the Community Shield last month.
They won 5-4 on penalties after the match finished 1-1 in normal time.
Following the match at Wembley, Arsenal swooped for Gabriel Magalhaes from Lille for £23m.
Having started the first two games of the season – and scoring on his debut against Fulham – the highly-rated Brazilian centre-back is expected to get the nod at Anfield.
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Campbell reckons a solid back line will be crucial to stopping Jurgen Klopp's swashbuckling side.
"Arsenal have to defend well against Liverpool," added Campbell, who scored 46 goals in 228 games for the Gunners.
"They’ve got to approach the game in the same way that they approached a lot of the other games they’ve played against Liverpool before where they’ve managed to get favourable results.
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"Arsenal beat Liverpool in the Premier League at the end of last season. They then drew and beat them on penalties in the Community Shield, so I think Arteta has a strategy about what to do – but it's all about the execution.
"You have to play the game, you have to defend properly, you have to do the right things and then you can cause Liverpool some problems – so I think that's the blueprint."
Campbell is a GentingBet Premier League pundit. Visit gentingbet.com/insight/football
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