Arshavin silencing Anfield, Fowler’s hat-trick and Henry tying Carragher in knots: No Premier League game has delivered more than Arsenal vs Liverpool’s 166 GOALS in 57 games… Saturday’s clash can’t come soon enough now the international break is over
- Arsenal and Liverpool go head-to-head in the Premier League at the Emirates
- It has been a hugely turbulent season for both giants of English football
- The Gunners sit ninth while reigning champions Liverpool currently lie seventh
- Despite their respective forms, Saturday’s clash should not disappoint
The international break is finally over and with the Premier League back on the agenda, fans are set to be treated to an absolute cracker (fingers crossed!).
Old Premier League foes Arsenal and Liverpool are getting ready to battle it out at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday evening, with both sides having a huge point to prove.
It has been a hugely turbulent season for the Gunners and the Reds, and both clubs are in danger of missing out on European football altogether.
Liverpool ran out 3-1 winners when they met Arsenal at Anfield earlier on in the season
Mikel Arteta’s men are languishing in ninth place following a disastrous start to the season, while Jurgen Klopp’s reigning champions find themselves in seventh after a nightmare run since Christmas.
When the season first kicked off, we certainly weren’t expecting the table to look like it does right now. And Arteta and Klopp will be out to shut up their critics.
But while these flawed giants have struggled to get their act together this season, one thing we do know is that meetings between these sides usually deliver the goods no matter how bad their form is.
In the history of the Premier League, no fixture has produced more goals than Arsenal vs Liverpool.
HIGHEST-SCORING GAMES IN PL
Liverpool 4-4 Arsenal – April 2009
Arsenal 3-4 Liverpool – August 2016
Arsenal 4-2 Liverpool – April 2004
Liverpool 5-1 Arsenal – February 2014
Liverpool 3-3 Arsenal – January 2016
Arsenal 3-3 Liverpool – December 2017
Liverpool 5-1 Arsenal – December 2018
Fans have been lucky enough to witness an astonishing 166 goals in just 57 matches between the two Premier League giants – a rate of just over 2.91 per game.
Liverpool vs Tottenham has delivered the same amount of goals but in one match more.
Everton vs Manchester United has delivered 165 goals in 58 matches, while Arsenal vs Tottenham has seen 164 goals go in in 58 games.
And fifth on the list is Arsenal vs Everton – with 162 goals notched up in 57 Premier League matches.
But this weekend, it’s all about Arsenal and Liverpool. And it’s a fixture that has witnessed many golden moments down the years with both sides usually vying at the top of the table.
The highest-scoring Premier League fixture between these sides came back in April 2009 when Andrey Arshavin stole the show in a thrilling 4-4 draw at Anfield near the end of the campaign.
The diminutive Russian landed a huge blow to Liverpool’s Premier League title hopes as he incredibly bagged all four of Arsenal’s goals that day in a topsy-turvy battle that left fans of both sides unable to catch their breath. It was simply stunning and will live long in the memory.
Next up we have a cracker from the opening day of the season in 2016, that saw an incredible seven goals go in at the Emirates. Liverpool reigned supreme as they overcame the Gunners 4-3 in north London to begin their campaign with a bang.
Andrey Arshavin scored four for Arsenal as they drew 4-4 at Anfield back in April 2009
Sadio Mane celebrates with Jurgen Klopp as Liverpool beat Arsenal 4-3 at the Emirates in 2016
After the Gunners went ahead, Liverpool hit back immediately and somehow raced into a 4-1 lead with just 61 minutes on the clock before a late rally from Arsene Wenger’s side.
Sadio Mane scored the pick of the goals following a stunning solo run down the right wing before cutting in and unleashing a fierce strike into the top left corner with his weaker foot.
And five more games between the two Premier League greats has played party to six goals – the latest coming in December 2018 as Liverpool thrashed Arsenal 5-1.
Roberto Firmino netted a hat-trick for the hosts at Anfield while Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah also got on the scoresheet after Arsenal took a surprise lead in the 11th minute through Ainsley Maitland-Niles against the title hopefuls.
Liverpool also humiliated Arsenal by the same scoreline in February 2014, with the Reds storming into a four-goal lead inside 20 minutes at Anfield in the season they came ever so close to landing their first-ever Premier League title. The Gunners once again had no answers to the scintillating football on display.
But the action-packed encounters down the years certainly didn’t stop there. Twice have both sides played out dramatic 3-3 draws, the first at Anfield in January 2016 as Joe Allen produced a sucker-punch to Arsenal’s title hopes with a last-gasp equaliser.
Then almost two years later, Arsenal and Liverpool played out a 3-3 draw at the Emirates in a Christmas cracker as the Gunners somehow scored three times through Alexis Sanchez, Granit Xhaka and Mesut Ozil in the space of five minutes to race into a 3-2 lead before Firmino equalised for Klopp’s side.
Roberto Firmino scored a hat-trick as the Reds thrashed the Gunners 5-1 in December 2018
Liverpool also hammered Arsenal 5-1 in February 2014 after storming into a 4-0 lead early on
Now we cast our minds back to Arsenal’s glory days at Highbury under legendary manager Wenger, and specifically the Invincibles season.
After being knocked out of the FA Cup and Champions League, Arsenal’s season was in danger of unravelling somewhat when Liverpool visited north London on April 9, 2004.
And those fears nearly became reality when Michael Owen gave Liverpool a 2-1 lead heading into the break – with the Gunners’ unbeaten record that season in the Premier League on the line.
The Gunners were hurting but in true champions style, they bounced back immediately in the second half through Robert Pires before Thierry Henry’s moment of magic to put his side 3-2 ahead – that sticks fondly in the memory of Arsenal fans to this day.
After receiving the ball just inside Liverpool’s half, Henry easily side-stepped Dietmar Hamann before toying with Jamie Carragher, who had been that dazzled by his magic that he fell to the floor.
And with just Jerzy Dudek to beat, the Frenchman emphatically rolled the ball home to put Arsenal in front before he later completed his hat-trick to keep Arsenal’s unbeaten record intact with a 4-2 victory.
Arsenal produced a dramatic turnaround in December 2017 before being pegged back 3-3
It’s a fixture that is steeped in history, and ever since the Premier League’s early days it has lived up to expectations.
Still to this day, Robbie Fowler’s heroics in 1994 remain fondly in the memory of Liverpool fans worldwide.
In August 1994, a 19-year-old Fowler tormented the Gunners with a remarkable hat-trick in the space of four minutes and 33 seconds as Liverpool cruised to a 3-0 victory at Anfield.
At the time it was the quickest hat-trick recorded in Premier League history and still gives David Seaman and that Arsenal defence nightmares now – which back then was the most formidable backline in the country.
There are plenty of other eye-catching clashes between the two sides that we could roll off, but we wouldn’t have enough time.
Both Arsenal and Liverpool, irrespective of their form, only know one way of playing and that won’t change anytime soon.
Thierry Henry scored a stunning solo goal as Arsenal ran out 4-2 winners in April 2004
Robbie Fowler netted an incredible quickfire hat-trick against Arsenal in August 1994
In 57 Premier League matches between the clubs, Liverpool come out on top – winning 22 of these compared to Arsenal’s 16, with 19 games ending in a draw.
Liverpool have bagged an incredible 94 goals against the Gunners, only scoring more against three other Premier League sides down the years – Newcastle (104), Tottenham (100) and West Ham (96).
And Arsenal have shipped the most goals against Liverpool in the Premier League era. They have come unstuck against Chelsea and Manchester United the next most (78) while Tottenham (52) and Manchester City (57) are slightly further behind.
So come Saturday evening, irrespective of their recent form, you can expect a flurry of goals in north London. Famous last words…
Arsenal and Liverpool are hurting following dismal campaigns, and with the international break finally over, they will be desperate to make a quick statement heading into the business end of the season with European football firmly on their minds.
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