Article by Jack Gill
Liverpool 5-1 Arsenal – 29th December 2018
I’ll start with our most recent fixture against the Gunners back in December 2018. A cold winter’s evening at Anfield and it did not disappoint. It was Arsenal who took the lead after just eleven minutes through Ainsley Maitland-Niles after Alex Iwobi had found him well with a good ball across the Liverpool box.
Arsenal were ahead for hardly any time at all though as Bobby Firmino struck for the first time in the game just three minutes after Maitland-Niles had taken the lead for the Gunners. The Reds had a couple of fortunate bounces in the Arsenal penalty area after some torrid defending by the Gunners and it was finished off in a trademark Bobby Firmino way, with a ‘no- look finish’.
It got even worse for Arsenal two minutes later when Bobby Firmino buoyed by his equaliser, made the Arsenal defence look like they should be playing on Sunday mornings. It was a fabulous run from Bobby who weaved in and out of the Arsenal defence beating three men before smashing the ball past Leno in the Arsenal goal.
Sadio Mane was next on the scoresheet for the Reds just after the half hour mark. A superb long ball across the pitch from Andy Robertson was met by Salah who squared it to Mane first time and the Senegalese international made no mistake with a beautiful finish over Leno to make it 3-1.
Arsenal’s misery continued on the stroke of half-time, Sokratis sloppily bundled Salah to ground in the area to give LFC a penalty which the Egyptian himself converted down the middle with power to make it 4-1 to Liverpool at the break. Sokratis is clearly an extremely confused human being as he seemed to be convinced that Salah dived for the penalty despite television camera angles showing the clear contact from the Greece international on Salah. The Greek centre-back continued his good old moan at Salah on his way to the dressing room at half-time but Van Dijk stepped in to silence the moaning aimed at Salah.
The Reds continued to be the more threatening side after the break and made it 5-1 with 25 minutes to go when Roberto Firmino converted a penalty to complete his hat-trick. This time Sead Kolasinac’s clumsiness rewarded Liverpool with a spot-kick as he pushed Lovren to the floor in his own area giving Firmino the perfect chance to bag his hat-trick from the spot. Firmino stepped up and sent Leno the wrong way ensuring that the Brazilian took the match ball home with his first hat-trick for the club and completed the scoring in a 5-1 demolition of Arsenal at Anfield.
Liverpool 4-0 Arsenal – 27th August 2017
I’m not a six foot four inch, Greek God of a man, or the best defender in the world but I am very much like Van Dijk in the sense that I like clean sheets and this has to be one of my favourite big wins against Arsenal in recent years because not only did we tear Arsenal apart, we kept a clean sheet while we were at it, which is hard to think about when you see that Karius was in goal for us that day…
Arsenal have been shit against us a lot across the years and they were super shit that day as Ozil and co went missing again and was their midfield lacked any effort whatsoever. Oh well. Not arsed about them, it was another rampant display for the Reds who breezed past the Gunner by a four goals to nil scoreline.
It took 17 minutes for the Reds to go in front. Bobby Firmino the scorer heading down past Petr Cech in the Arsenal goal after a brilliant cross from the right hand side.
With five minutes to go before half-time, LFC doubled their lead through some brilliance from Sadio Mane. Liverpool were 2-0 up at the break but it could have and should have been more after a dismal display in the first 45 minutes from the Gunners.
The second half was a lot like the first. Liverpool were slick, Arsenal were shit. Just before the hour mark, Mo Salah made it three. The Egyptian snatched the ball off the BTEC Dua Lipa and produced a superb, exhilarating counter attack and made it three.
With less than fifteen minutes to go, Daniel Sturridge completed the scoring with a header at the back post after a brilliant ball by Salah.
The Reds were boss and could’ve had more but Arsenal were classless and clearly in a crisis that they’re still trying to find their way out of.
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Arsenal 3-4 Liverpool – 14th August 2016
The ‘random’ fixture generator loves an early season fixture between Liverpool and Arsenal. This one, an opening day of the season fixture at the Emirates and it didn’t disappoint.
A seven goal thriller, but the first goal wast until the half hour mark and it was the home side that took the lead. Theo Walcott, yes he plays football apparently, finished past Mignolet to put the Gunners ahead.
Liverpool seemed to get a boost from going behind though and began to become dominant. The Reds got their reward when Phillipe Coutinho banged in a free-kick from 30 yards that I don’t think any keeper could’ve saved. Inch perfect. I miss those Coutinho strikes.
1-1 at the break and there were more goals to come in this game. The first one came just after the interval and Adam Lallana was the scorer. You remember Adam Lallana, don’t you? That fella we signed from Southampton a few years back, let go for a couple of years and then resigned this season but it seemed to go under the radar? Well yeah that fella controlled a Wijnaldum ball with his chest before slotting past Petr Cech and putting LFC ahead for the first time in the game.
Five minutes later, Coutinho put Liverpool further ahead, finishing well first time after a good cross by Nathanial Clyne. Liverpool had come out from the break rampant and seemed in cruise control now and they weren’t done yet.
Just after the hour mark it was worse for Arsenal as LFC went 4-1 up. A delightful debut display from Mane was rounded off by a superb solo goal from the Senegalese international and left the Gunners fearing the worst.
Arsenal weren’t going to lie down though despite being ripped apart after half-time and hit back immediately after kick-off through Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, whose trickery beat Nathanial Clyne before his shot deflected in off Lovren past Mignolet.
Arsenal weren’t done yet as they fought back late on and managed to get another one after 75 minutes. Callum Chambers rose above everyone and headed into the back of the net after a good delivery by Santi Cazorla from a free-kick on the left.
I’m sure I wasn’t the only Liverpool fan with my heart in my mouth, shitting bricks for the last fifteen minutes of the game, but we held on to the 4-3 win and started the season off in style.
Liverpool 4-2 Arsenal – 8th April 2008
Liverpool faced Arsenal in the 2007/2008 Champions League quarter-final and after a 1-1 draw at the Emirates in the first leg, the Gunners came to Anfield knowing that they had to score if they wanted to go through.
It took the away side just thirteen minutes to get their lead through Abou Diaby, who beat Pepe Reina at his near post to put the Gunners ahead. Reina managed to get a hand on the strike but really should have done better.
On the half hour mark, Liverpool equalised. Sami Hyppia found himself unmarked on a corner and produced a powerful header that hit the post on it’s way in. 1-1 and if it stayed like this, we’d have seen extra time at Anfield.
But it didn’t. Liverpool went ahead for the first time in the game with just over 20 minutes to go. Peter Crouch flicked on a long ball to Fernando Torres who produced a fabulous finish to put the ball past Almunia to put Liverpool in control.
The Reds knew that another away goal for the Gunners would quickly change things and with just six minutes left of normal time on the clock Arsenal got their goal, Adebayor the scorer after some poor defending by LFC.
Arsenal couldn’t hold on though and less than two minutes later, the Reds were awarded a penalty. Kolo Toure penalised for pulling down Ryan Babel giving Steven Gerrard the opportunity to put the Reds back in the lead from the spot. Of course, the Skipper converted and Liverpool were back in front.
The game wasn’t over there though, Arsenal needed to score and put pressure on the Reds as the game reached it’s late stages but, it was the Reds who benefited on the counter attack, Ryan Babel beating Fabregas and beating Almunia to ensure the Reds won 4-2 on the night and 5-3 on aggregate.
Liverpool 5-1 Arsenal – 8th February 2014
The Brendan Rodgers title push season where the Reds came so close yet so far from winning the title. It was another season with an impressive victory over Arsenal as Liverpool ran riot in the opening stages of the game. The Reds went 1-0 up after just one minute. A Gerrard free-kick from the left hand side was flicked on towards Martin Skrtel. The bald, Slovakian centre-half through a leg at it and put the Reds in the lead.
Just nine minutes later, it was 2-0 to LFC and Martin Skrtel got his second of the game. It was absolutely insane. I thought I was dreaming. A Skrtel brace after ten minutes against Arsenal at Anfield? Boss that. This time it was a very good header by the Slovakian from a Steven Gerrard corner on the right hand side into the top corner of the Arsenal goal.
Liverpool were in dream land and it was going to get even better when 6 minutes later, just after the 15 minute mark, Raheem Sterling made it three. A Luis Suarez ball across the face of goal found Sterling who finished past Szczesny to put the Reds 3-0 ahead.
It could have been even better for Liverpool as just before Sterling made it three, Luis Suarez saw a thunderous volley from 20 yards strike the post. It would’ve certainly been a candidate for goal of the season had it gone in.
Four minutes after the third, a fourth came for the Reds and Daniel Sturridge joined the scoresheet. Phillipe Coutinho played a lovely through ball through for Danny Sturridge who finished emphatically past the Arsenal goalkeeper into the back of the net. The Reds were 4-0 up after just 20 minutes and it could have been many, many more after an incredible first 20 minutes from the Reds and a dismal display from Arsenal.
Liverpool couldn’t score again though until seven minutes after half time when Raheem Sterling bagged his second of the game with a rebound from his own attempt.
Arsenal got a consolation goal with twenty minutes left on the clock as StevenGerrard conceded a penalty which was converted well by Arteta. The score finished 5-1 to the Reds but it could have been a lot worse for the Gunners.
The Reds have produced some classy performances against Arsenal in recent years but on Saturday when the only two sides left with 100% records in the league meet, I’d happily take a stress-free 1-0 win, though of course I would love to hammer the Gunners once again. 3 points are needed. Up the Reds!
Up the Reds!
Article by Jack Gill