5 Greatest Matches between Arsenal and Liverpool
With a view ahead to the pivotal Premier League clash between Arsenal and Liverpool this Saturday, we've taken a look back at some of the greatest games of football played between these two sides in England and Europe. The fixture this weekend has all the ingredients to be another one to remember, with both sides battling to secure a place in the top four. It would be easy to suggest that Arsenal's form, and the fact that they play at home, would see them win this game fairly comfortably. However, Liverpool will be determined to reduce the 6 point gap that currently separates the two sides. It's set to be a cracker, but will it be anywhere near as good as these lot??
Liverpool 5-1 Arsenal, 8 Feb 2014
By far the most memorable match in recent memory between the two clubs, Liverpool's 5-1 embarrassment of Arsenal at Anfield shook Arsenal fans to their core. Sitting at the top of the Premier League table before the match, the last thing Arsenal and their fans would have predicted was to concede four goals in the first 20 minutes. Martin Skrtel and Raheem Sterling both scored braces as Arsenal had no reply to Liverpool's slick passing, clever movement and quick pressing. Watch the extraordinary highlights here:
Liverpool 4-4 Arsenal, 21 April 2009
Another Anfield classic, this time an eight-goal thriller in 2009 in which Andrey Arshavin scored four goals (yes FOUR!!) just 3 months after joining the North London side. Though Liverpool equalised at the death to return back to the top of the Premier League, this match will forever be remembered for Arshavin's incredible man of the match performance. His four-goal haul was probably the highlights of his Arsenal career, which quickly stagnated after his first season with the club. Still, he'll always have this memory...
Liverpool 4-2 Arsenal (agg 5-3), 8 April 2008
An extraordinary end to an unpredictable and unforgettable Champions League tie between Liverpool and Arsenal left both teams and fans absolutely shattered physically and emotionally. Yet another thriller at Anfield demonstrated how strong English football was at this point, as Liverpool, the eventual winners of this Champions League quarter final, went on to face Chelsea in the last four of Europe's top competition. It was an action-packed match, with Theo Walcott's mesmerizing run lasting long in the memory of Arsenal fans. The Liverpudlian faithful were to have the last laugh though, as last minute goals from Gerrard and Ryan Babel sealed Liverpool's place in the semi-finals of the Champions League. What. A. Game.
Arsenal 4-2 Liverpool, 9 April 2004
This match at Highbury is one of the most important in Arsenal's history. Still without a defeat to their name in the Premier League to this point, Arsenal were on course to win the Premier League and go a whole campaign unbeaten. However, after a horrendous week in which they were knocked out of the FA Cup and the Champions League by Manchester United and Chelsea respectively, the Gunners' confidence was waning. To make matters worse, Liverpool took the lead twice before half-time, which threatened to end Arsenal's undefeated run and derail their whole season. However, thanks to an inspired Thierry Henry hat-trick, Arsene Wenger's side ran out 4-2 winners, and subsequently ended the season unbeaten in the Premier League to be crowned 'Invincibles'.
Liverpool 0-2 Arsenal, 26 May 1989
Going into the final match of the season, both Liverpool and Arsenal were capable of winning the First Division. Arsenal had to go to Anfield and win by two clear goals in order to claim the title on goal difference, which was no mean feat against a legendary Liverpool side boasting the likes of Ian Rush, John Barnes and Alan Hansen. Taking the lead early in the second half, Arsenal were tasked with grabbing another goal and not conceding for 40 minutes. Going in to the final minutes, it looked like Liverpool would hang on to win yet another First Division title. Then, as all older Arsenal fans would gladly tell you, Michael Thomas popped up in the last minute to squeeze the ball past Liverpool 'keeper Grobbelaar to win the Championship in dramatic style. Just look at the celebrations!