#CultClashes – 5 classic encounters between Arsenal and Liverpool
It’s fair to say that Arsenal and Liverpool have served up some pretty tasty fare over the last 15 years and ahead of their latest meeting we’ve put together a list of some of the most memorable #CultClashes.
Now, we know football wasn’t invented in 1992 but for the purposes of this article we’re sticking to Premier League encounters.
Our apologies go to the Gunners’ title-winning team in 1989 and to Michael Thomas in particular.
Here’s our latest top five selection in reverse chronological order…
Liverpool 5-1 Arsenal, February 8 2014
Arsenal would go on to avenge this mauling in the FA Cup a week later but this blitz will still hurt the Gunners players who were blown away at Anfield.
Liverpool were 4-0 up within the first 20 minutes courtesy of Martin Skrtel’s brace and goals from Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge in one of the most incredible openings to a match in Premier League history.
Sterling added a fifth seven minutes into the second-half before Mikel Arteta’s scant consolation goal from the penalty spot.
The Kop were in dreamland as the prospect of a first Premier League title appeared a very real one.
Liverpool 4-4 Arsenal, Tuesday 21 April 2009
The point secured by Yossi Benayoun’s 90th minute equaliser returned Liverpool to the top of the table but there was only one man walking away with the match ball following this epic.
Russian midfielder Andrey Arshavin’s four-goal haul is arguably his most memorable contribution to the Arsenal cause and he was at his mercurial best under the lights at Anfield.
He gave the visitors a half-time lead before Fernando Torres levelled things up and Benayoun put the Reds in front.
Cue more Arshavin magic to put Arsenal ahead before Torres again equalised only for that man again to drive an arrowed show past Pepe Reina. Benayoun had the last word but Arshavin was the talk of the town.
Arsenal 4-2 Liverpool, Friday 9 April 2004
The Arsenal team that would go on to become the Invincibles needed a pick-me-up following exits in both the FA Cup and Champions League and this victory proved pivotal in their season.
Arsene Wenger’s side trailed 2-1 at the break but fought back superbly to take the spoils.
Robert Pires put the hosts on level terms before a wonderful mazy run and finish from Thierry Henry gave them the advantage. The Frenchman capped a fine display by completing his hat-trick on 78 minutes and thus handing the north London club the timely boost they needed.
Arsenal 2-0 Liverpool, Sunday 20 August 2000
Arsenal fans breathed a huge sigh of relief at Highbury after they witnessed their heroes beat Liverpool for the first time in 14 matches.
It was certainly eventful. Lauren scored on his home debut before Henry added another late on.
And then there were the sendings-off. There were three in total. Patrick Vieria received his marching orders for the second successive game while the visitors were reduced to nine-men following the dismissals of Gary McAllister and Dietmar Hammann by controversial referee, Graham Poll.
Liverpool 0-2 Arsenal, Sunday 23 August 1992
This was one of Sky Sports’ first ever televised games and the Super Sunday clash didn’t disappoint (well, unless you’re a Liverpool fan).
The Gunners had made their worst start to a league campaign in 38 years having lost their first two fixtures in the inaugural Premier League.
Step forward, Anders Limpar. His precision finish beyond David James early in the second-half put the visitors on their way to a vital three points while Ian Wright’s strike added the gloss and piled the pressure on then Reds boss, Graeme Souness.
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