Liverpool – Arsenal: the great battle of red

Forget Old Trafford, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, and Stamford Bridge – Anfield is where Arsenal’s biggest headache of the past decade is.

This is the new Arsenal – the ones leading the way in the title race, and whenever their morale is in doubt, they find the answer.

Although recent results at Anfield have been terrible, they have not always been so at Merseyside.

BBC Sport looks at some classic encounters to ignite your enthusiasm for Sunday’s game.

Arsenal and Liverpool are a match that always attracts a lot of spectators because of the beautiful attacking football of these two teams.

Before the match in the 11th round of the Premier League tonight, let’s review the 5 most notable matches between the Gunners and the Red Brigade in the past.

Arsenal 3-4 Liverpool (2016/17 seasons)

The focal match of the first round of the Premier League season 2016/17 witnessed a ᴅʀᴀᴍᴀᴛɪᴄ chase for the score. Arsenal took the lead with Theo Walcott’s goal, but let Liverpool lead 4-2.

In this match, midfielder Philippe Coutinho created a beautiful free ᴋɪᴄᴋ against Petr Cech. At the end of the game, Callum Chambers’ goal was not enough for Arsene Wenger’s teachers and students to escape empty-handed.

Arsenal 3-3 Liverpool (Season 2017/18)

The heroic battles between Arsenal and Liverpool always give the audience a lot of goals. Last season’s first-leg match was no exception.

Being 2-0 down until the 52nd minute, Arsene Wenger’s army scored 3 consecutive goals to rise to a 3-2 lead after only 5 minutes. However, their efforts were not enough when Mohamed Salah scored a 3-3 draw.

Arsenal 4-2 Liverpool (Season 2003/04)

Having been eliminated from the Champions League and FA Cup for a week, Arsenal entered the match against Liverpool with the only remaining goal of winning the Premier League. 1-2 lead, but Thierry Henry’s sᴜᴘᴇʀ performance helped the Gunners win the final.

At the end of the season that year, coach Arsene Wenger’s team won the historic gold cup with an ᴜɴʙᴇᴀᴛᴇɴ record throughout 38 rounds.

Liverpool 5-1 Arsenal (2013/14 season)

The match at Anfield in 2014 saw Arsenal’s ᴅɪsᴀsᴛʀᴏᴜs performance. The poor defense made them lead 0-5. Mikel Arteta’s penalty goal only helped the Gunners escape a white defeat.

 

Liverpool 4-4 Arsenal (2008/09 season)

The April 2009 Anfield match saw an excellent performance by Andriy Arshavin.

The former captain of the Russian team scored a poker in this match. However, the player born in 1981 could not help the Gunners get all 3 points when Yossi Benayoun had a 4-4 equalizer in the last minute of 𝘪𝘯𝘫𝘶𝘳𝘺 time.

At the moment, Liverpool is going through an extremely difficult time. Since the 7-0 victory over Man United, the performance of coach Jurgen Klopp’s army has plummeted with 4 consecutive matches without winning (1 draw, 3 losses). In the recent match against Chelsea, although the opponent had just changed the general, the “Red Brigade” had to be very lucky to be able to leave with 1 point. This result also makes Liverpool’s ambition to reach the top 4 more distant when the gap with Tottenham is now 7 points.

On the other side of the line, Arsenal is the club with the highest performance in the Premier League. In the last 7 rounds, coach Mikel Arteta’s teachers and students all won. The victory over Leeds United in the last 29 rounds continued to bring the Gunners closer to their first championship in 20 years. Currently, the gap between Arsenal and the 2nd ranked team Man City is 8 points but played more than 1 match. Notably, just having to play in the Premier League will be a big advantage for Saka and his teammates.

In the past, Liverpool is dominant in head-to-head records compared to Arsenal when winning 12 in the last 31 clashes between the two teams, this number on Gunner’s side is only 7. In addition, the last time Arsenal ʙᴇᴀᴛ Liverpool in a Premier League match was in the 2011/12 season. This season alone, The Kop also owns the 3rd best home record in the tournament when only having to receive 1 defeat in 13 times playing at Anfield. Therefore, despite being rated higher, Arsenal will face many difficulties if they want to win all 3 points.