With the 2016/17 edition of the English Premier League just around the corner, football fans around the world are eagerly anticipating all the action and drama that it entails. The first clash between two giants of the league will be played between Arsenal and Liverpool on Sunday. Keeping that in mind, let’s have a look at some of the best fixtures ever played between these two teams.
#5 Arsenal 4-2 Liverpool - English Premier League, April 2004
Arsenal came into this game on the back of being eliminated from the FA Cup semi-final by Manchester United and the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League by Chelsea in successive games.
It initially looked like the Gunners’ poor run of form was set to continue, as Liverpool took an early lead in just the fifth minute of the game through a Sami Hyypia header. Thierry Henry pulled Arsenal back level at 31 minutes, only for Michael Owen to restore Liverpool’s lead three minutes before half-time.
Arsenal then scored two goals within a minute in the second half. Robert Pires pulled them level in the 49th minute, before Henry scored a truly brilliant goal. He went on a run from the middle of the field in which he beat four defenders and then slotted into the bottom right to give the Gunners the lead.
Henry scored the final goal of the game and completed his hat-trick 12 minutes from full time. Bergkamp’s long ball found the Frenchman in the Liverpool box, and he got lucky as Dudek got a hand to his shot, but it rebounded off him and went in.
The three points proved to be crucial for Arsenal to go on and win the title that season. They went 7 points clear at the top of the table after the game, and Liverpool were tied on points with Newcastle in fourth.