Liverpool and Arsenal‘s rivalry has been strange to say the least. Not rivals per say but definitely not opposition that either team would be content to lose or drop points to. From Liverpool’s absence in the Champion’s League, the two clubs tend to meet more in the Premier League rather than other competitions but lets take a look at the last 5 games between these two giants of English football…
14/07/2016 – Arsenal 3-4 Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium
The most recent fixture between the 2 clubs saw Liverpool travel to the Emirates Stadium on the first day of the 2016/17 season which promised to be the standout fixture of the weekend and it delivered. Liverpool fell behind to an early Theo Walcott goal but Coutinho’s 30 yard freekick bought the game level just before halftime. Lallana, Coutinho and then a stunner from debuting Mane made it 1-4 to the Reds before Chamberlain and Chambers added goals for Arsenal to put some fight back into Arsenal but, ultimately, no avail.
13/01/2016 – Liverpool 3-3 Arsenal at Anfield
The game that Bobby Firmino justified his price tag. The Brazilian had not been firing on all cylinders since his Summer move to Liverpool but 2 goals from the Brazilian International, either side of Ramsey’s goal for Arsenal, made the game very interesting early on. Giroud bought the game level 6 minutes after Bobby’s screamer but the game ended 3-3 as goals from Giroud and a 90th min equaliser from wee Joe Allen made sure the spoils were shared.
24/07/2015 – Arsenal 0-0 Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium
A 0-0 draw to start off the 2015/16 season was not a bad start to the season, especially as Firmino and Benteke made their debuts for the Reds. A fairly open game from both teams but rewarded no goals for the fans at the Emirates in late August as both teams settled for a 0-0 draw.
04/04/2015 – Arsenal 4-1 Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium
A day to forget for the Reds as they were beaten comfortably by a rampant Arsenal. Goals from Bellerin, Ozil, Sanchez and Giroud twisted a dagger into Liverpool‘s poor season and a goal from Henderson did not make up for that. Defensive calamities all over the pitch and this could be seen with the fact that Liverpool started with almost 7 defensive players yet conceded 4. If anything, conceding 4 was a good thing as Arsenal could have easily turned this into a Cricket score…
21/12/2014 – Liverpool 2-2 Arsenal at Anfield
From being studded on the head to scoring a 97th minute winner, all in the day of Martin Skrtel. Coutinho giving Liverpool the lead seemed to make for good news in the dressing room but Debuchy equalised seconds later. Giroud looked to have given Arsenal, undeservedly, all 3 points but the big Slovakian decided to make his presence known with a thunderous header deep into stoppage time.
08/02/2014 – Liverpool 5-1 Arsenal at Anfield
The game was over within 20 mins of Kick Off. Skrtel gave Liverpool the lead within the first minute of the game as he made connection to a deflected freekick by Steven Gerrard and he added his second of the game 9 minutes later. The Slovakian got his head to a corner which he looped over the Arsenal defence and onrushing keeper to give Liverpool a 2-0 lead within 10 minutes. Arsenal were rocked and Liverpool preyed on this when hitting them on relentless counters. One which cluminated with Suarez squaring it for Sterling to score his first of the game. Coutinho then played a slide-rule pass to Sturridge to which he added a curling finish beyond Szczesny who could do nothing to prevent his team from going in at halftime 4-0 down. Soon, 7 minutes after the restart, it was 5-0 as Sterling tapped in his rebounded effort into an unguarded net but a penalty to Arsenal in the 69th minute made it 5-1 to Liverpool. The start of Liverpool‘s eventually faltering challenge to the Premier League…