Arsenal and Liverpool are two of the most famous teams on the planet. Known for playing an exhilarating and entertaining brand of football, the Premier League heavyweights face off in a clash that promises to be a thriller at the Anfield.
Liverpool goes into the game as the favorites to win owing to their impeccable form which has catapulted them to the top of the league. With the fixture, that has never failed to entertain in the recent times, looming, let’s take a look at the list of players who have played for both the teams.
#6 Nicolas Anelka
Signed from PSG for £ 500,000, Nicolas Anelka was one of the first signings made by the then recently appointed Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger in February 1997. After a limited number of appearances in the 1996-97 season, Anelka burst into life the following season after breaking into the first team owing to an injury to the then first choice forward Ian Wright.
He was a key player in the Arsenal’s double-winning season where he scored in the FA cup final against Newcastle United. With 17 goals in the 1998-99 season, Anelka was the Arsenal’s top scorer, claiming the PFA young player of the year award in the process.
Dubbed the ‘Le Sulk’ by the fans for his constant moaning about wanting to leave, Anelka left for Real Madrid in 1999 for £ 22.3 million after scoring 28 goals in 90 games for the Gunners, who went onto sign a certain Thierry Henry in his stead.
Anelka returned to the Premier League with Liverpool in the midst of the 2000-01 season, with the Frenchman joining the Reds on a short-term loan deal. He played 22 games for the Reds, scoring 5 times in the process.
He was instrumental in Liverpool’s late run that culminated in the Anfield outfit finishing second in the league. Anelka left at the end of the season after the Reds’ manager Gerard Houllier didn’t offer him a permanent contract at the end of the season.