Arsenal and Liverpool are two of English football’s greatest club’s, and have played out some truly epic encounters over the years, and with the pair set to meet this evening, we thought it would be the perfect time to reminisce about Five of the best Arsenal v Liverpool games ever …
Liverpool 0-2 Arsenal 1989
A match sometimes referred to as the game of the century or the greatest title finish ever.
This was a game that pitted first (Liverpool) against second (Arsenal) in the final fixture of the season at Anfield.
The Gunners had to win by two clear goals or the title would go to the home side.
Alan Smith gave Arsenal a 1-0 lead at the start of the second-half, but as the game entered the final few minutes it looked as though George Graham and his side would be unable to end the London clubs 18 year wait for a top-flight crown.
However, in the 89th Micheal Thomas ran on to a ball over the top, and dinked past Bruce Grobbelaar to seal one of the most dramatic title wins of all time.
Arsenal 1-2 Liverpool 2001
Sometimes due to the ridiculous amount of stupid things he says in his new role as a pundit, it’s easy to forget just how good a player Michael Owen actually was.
This encounter between these two great clubs was in the FA Cup final no less. Arsenal battered Liverpool for most of the game and really should have been three or four up, but through a combination of poor finishing and Owen’s close range equalizer the game entered into its dying stages with the scores tied at 1-1 and seemingly destined to head in to extra time.
However, Owen had other ideas and as the ball broke from a Gunners corner Liverpool midfielder Patrick Berger pumped a hopeful ball forward.
Owen raced onto the pass, outpacing Lee Dixon before beating Tony Adams and nestling an inch perfect left-footed finish into the bottom corner past a despairing David Seaman.
This game will forever be remembered as the Michael Owen Cup Final.
Arsenal 4-2 Liverpool 2004
This encounter took place during Arsenal’s famous invincible season.
As so often in these big games it was decided by the brilliance of one player, and the home side had probably the Premier League’s best striker ever in their team that day, Thierry Henry.
The supremely talented Frenchman netted a hat-trick with his final goal of the day the pick of the bunch.
Gilberto Silva flicked the ball to him near the halfway line. Henry then set off on a powerful run past Didi Hamann before sending his now Sky Sports colleague Jamie Carragher “out for a hotdog,” after feigning to shoot with his right foot. Once in the box the brilliant frontman slotted a trademark low curling effort into the bottom corner. Unstoppable.
Liverpool 4-4 Arsenal 2009
Like so many of the great games between these clubs this was a utterly bonkers game of football, that once finished left one of the sides broken hearted.
Arsenal’s new signing from Zenit St Petersburg Andrey Arshavin would be the Killer of scouse dreams, as he netted a sensational four goals, which included a couple of sizzling strikes.
The game would ultimately end in a draw, but it just wasn’t enough for Liverpool and the Premier League crown once again ended up at Old Trafford.
Liverpool 5-1 Arsenal 2014
This was of course the year Liverpool came oh so close to finally winning the Premier League title.
Brendan Rodgers side played some scintillating football that season, and simply ripped a torrid Arsenal side to pieces at Anfield.
The home team raced into a 2-0 lead inside the first ten minutes via the unlikely source of centre-back Martin Skrtel before Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge struck to send Liverpool in at half-time 4-0.
Sterling notched another in the second period, before his current coach at Man City Mikel Arteta scored a consolation penalty for the Gunners.
Brendan Rodgers has since described his team’s display that day as the best of his Liverpool tenure.
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