During the Premier League era, there have been some memorable meetings between Arsenal and Liverpool at both Highbury and the Emirates Stadium. Here are a few highlights from the Reds’ recent league visits to face Arsene Wenger’s side, ahead of the next meeting on Saturday:
The last meeting in North London between the two clubs took place on a Wednesday night at the end of January, as Arsenal came from two goals down to draw 2-2. Luis Suarez gave Liverpool an early lead as he capitalised on some defensive indecision, before Jordan Henderson doubled his side’s advantage early in the second half.
Despite rarely threatening in the first hour of the match, Arsenal launched a stirring fight-back with two goals in quick succession, with Theo Walcott’s powerful effort levelling things up after Olivier Giroud had headed home a free-kick.
Most Costly Error
Liverpool were 1-0 ahead in their final visit to Highbury back in 2006, but all their good work was undone by Thierry Henry, although he needed a helping hand from Steven Gerrard for the equaliser, the Reds captain’s back-pass landing straight at the feet of Henry, who slotted the ball past Jose Reina. Arsenal’s danger-man then scored the winner with a curling shot late on.
Best Individual Performance
Liverpool gave Arsenal a stern test in April 2004 as Arsene Wenger’s side looked to continue their unbeaten league record. The visitors led 2-1, before Henry stole the show with a magnificent hat-trick, including a couple of superb finishes, to give his team yet another victory in their Invincible league season.
Most Dramatic Finish
All of the meaningful action took place deep into stoppage time in April 2011 as Liverpool salvaged a 1-1 draw at the Emirates Stadium. Nine minutes into a long period of added time – as a result of an injury to Jamie Carragher – Robin van Persie converted a penalty to seemingly clinch all three points for Arsenal.
However, there was still time for Emmanuel Eboue to bundle over Lucas Leiva inside the penalty area at the other end to give Dirk Kuyt the chance to rescue a point, and the Dutchman duly did so with a powerful spot-kick on 102 minutes.
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