Arsenal and Liverpool are set to renew their rivalry on Wednesday, 13 January, when they face off at Anfield in the Premier League. The two English giants have, over the years, been involved in some memorable encounters against each other. Arsenal's dramatic 2-0 win over Liverpool at Anfield in 1989 on the final day of the league, where they scored in stoppage time to win the title on goals scored, stands out as the greatest game involving the two teams.
However, in the Premier League era, games between Liverpool and Arsenal have not been short of drama either. Ahead of the game on Wednesday evening, here is a look at the six most memorable clashes between the two sides in the Premier League.
Liverpool 3-0 Arsenal (Anfield, 28 August, 1994)
An 18 year-old Robbie Fowler was playing in only his second season in the league, when he announced himself to the rest of the world with a quickfire hat-trick against Arsenal in this game. The young forward completed his hat-trick within four-and-a-half minutes, and at the time, held the record for the fastest hat-trick in the league's history. Southampton's Sadio Mane broke the record last season when he scored three goals in less than three minutes against Aston Villa.
Liverpool 4-1 Arsenal (Anfield, 31 March, 2007)
Another memorable win for Liverpool at Anfield, with another forward scoring a hat-trick. This game was all about Peter Crouch, who scored a perfect hat-trick, i.e. goals with his right foot, left foot and his head. Crouch's hat-trick proved crucial at the end of the season, as Liverpool trumped Arsenal to a third place finish in the league.
Liverpool 4-4 Arsenal (Anfield, 21 April, 2009)
In one of the most dramatic games in Premier League history, Russian Andrey Arshavin etched his name in Premier League folklore with a 4-goal haul for Arsenal. Liverpool were chasing the title, and needed to win here to stay near league leaders Manchester United. However, Arshavin had different plans for the Merseyside club, as he put on one of the greatest solo displays in the league's history to dent Liverpool's title hopes.
Arsenal 1-1 Liverpool (Emirates Stadium, 17 April, 2011)
Liverpool got their payback two seasons later when they played Arsenal at the Emirates with the Gunners chasing Manchester United for the title. After long stoppages in the game due to injuries, the 4th official signalled for 10 minutes of injury time after full-time. In the 8th minute, Cesc Fabregas was brought down inside the Liverpool box, and Robin van Persie converted the resultant spot-kick.
Just when they thought they had done enough, Arsenal's Emmanuel Eboue conceded a penalty to Liverpool, which Dirk Kuyt converted in the 12th minute of stoppage time to virtually end the Gunners' title challenge.
Liverpool 5-1 Arsenal (Anfield, 8 February, 2014)
Both Liverpool and Arsenal were in contention for the title, with Liverpool peaking at just the right time, when the Gunners came to town in February, 2014. Arsene Wenger's team were left stunned inside 20 minutes when Liverpool scored four goals in the period to ensure 3 points very early in the game. Liverpool went on to score one more in the second half. Arsenal managed to pulled one back as consolation to reduce the score to 5-1. The Gunners' title challenge never recovered after the loss, and they went on to finish fourth in the league.
Arsenal 4-1 Liverpool (Emirates Stadium, April 4, 2015)
A little over a year after their humiliating 5-1 loss at the hands of Liverpool, Arsenal managed to avenge the defeat with a smooth 4-1 win at home. The Gunners ended the first half with three goals in the last eight minutes to end Liverpool's hopes of getting anything out of the game. Jordan Henderson pulled a goal back from the penalty spot in the second half, but Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud scored in the 90th minute to hit the nail on Liverpool's coffin.