It’s funny, when you ask people to name classic football matches and rivalries not many people come up with Liverpool v Arsenal. In my opinion, this has thrown up some of the most exciting league fixtures of recent times.
The game often has lots of goals and although there have been times when the match has felt one-sided (see Liverpool 5 Arsenal 1, December 2018) on the whole it makes for an evenly pitched clash and I for one am looking forward to Saturday’s game.
So for this post, I thought I’d take a trip down memory lane and look back on some of the close ties between the two sides.
Arsenal 3 Liverpool 3 – Friday 22nd December 2017
A cold December evening three days before Christmas saw the two sides line up with Liverpool in 4th place. The Reds needed at least a draw to remain in that position.
It was a great start for Liverpool who opened up the scoring with a rare header from Coutinho after 26 minutes. Mo Salah then went on to score early in the second half with a deflected strike. Things looked comfortable for Klopp until the Reds failed to deal with a cross from Bellerin. His effort was met by Alexis Sanchez who headed home Arsenal’s first of three in six minutes.
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Just three minutes later the Gunners had found a second thanks to a strike from Xhaka, Mignolet attempted to save but couldn’t get enough on it. The Reds were well and truly under pressure now and with barely a chance to regroup, two minutes later Arsenal had scored again this time thanks to Ozil.
Liverpool looked dumbfounded but the neutrals watching across the country were chuffed this match had been the Friday night selection. It was a crazy game of football and it wasn’t done yet.
Never a side to throw in the towel, Klopp’s team eventually found an equaliser to keep themselves in 4th. Bobby Firmino’s powerful strike was enough to beat Petr Cech and collect a draw.
Arsenal 3 Liverpool 4 – Sunday 14th August 2016
The opening encounter of the 2016/2017 Premier League season and what a belter it was. It took 30 minutes for the first goal to go in after Theo Walcott found the net for Arsenal (after missing a penalty just moments earlier) but from there on out it was goals galore.
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A lovely free-kick from Coutinho gifted Liverpool an equaliser just before half time and Adam Lallana found the net to put the Reds 2-1 up after 49 minutes. Seven minutes later Coutinho scored again to increase Liverpool’s lead and this was closely followed by a strong strike from Sadio Mane.
Things were looking great for the Reds but one minute later, future Liverpool starlet Oxlade-Chamberlain would score for Arsene Wenger’s side. Arsenal were starting to gain momentum but despite finding another goal thanks to Chambers at 75 minutes it wasn’t enough to earn them any points and on this occasion, Liverpool would walk away victorious.
Liverpool 3 Arsenal 3 – Wednesday 13th January 2016
Liverpool… and Arsenal… loads of goals? Who’d of thought it?
Yep, the two sides were at it again back in January 2016. Bobby Firmino opened up the scoring very early on for the Reds but saw his goal cancelled out when Ramsey found an equaliser.
Clearly not happy with this our Brazilian forward then scored a stunning goal from 20 yards to put Liverpool back in the lead. It was a wet and miserable January evening and neither side wanted to lose this game, Arsenal also had one eye on the title at this stage of the season.
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Giroud who was influential for Arsenal then went on to score once in the first half and once in the second, Arsenal remained in front for the majority of the second half. That was until a Welsh substitute entered play.
Joe Allen was brought on for Emre Can at 82 minutes, perhaps not the most likely goalscorer, Joe converted a low drive on the stroke of 90 minutes to grab Liverpool a point and dent Arsenal’s title hopes.
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Source: The Liver Bird