The international break is finally over and with the Premier League back on the agenda, fans are treated to an absolute cracker (fingers crossed!).
Longtime Premier League foes Arsenal and Liverpool are gearing up to take on the Emirates Stadium on Saturday night, with both sides having a huge point to prove.
It’s been a hugely turbulent season for the Gunners and Reds, and both clubs are in danger of missing out on European football altogether.
Liverpool had 3-1 winners when they met Arsenal at Anfield earlier this season
Mikel Arteta’s men languish in ninth place after a disastrous start to the season, while Jurgen Klopp’s reigning champion is seventh after a nightmare since Christmas.
When the season first started, we certainly didn’t expect the table to look like this now. And Arteta and Klopp will be out to silence their critics.
But while these flawed giants have struggled to sort things out this season, we do know that meetings between these sides usually get the good stuff, no matter how bad their form.
In Premier League history, no game has scored more goals than Arsenal against Liverpool.
HIGHEST SCORING GAMES IN PL
Liverpool 4-4 Arsenal – April 2009
Arsenal 3-4 Liverpool – August 2016
Arsenal 4-2 Liverpool – April 2004
Liverpool 5-1 Arsenal – February 2014
Liverpool 3-3 Arsenal – January 2016
Arsenal 3-3 Liverpool – December 2017
Liverpool 5-1 Arsenal – December 2018
Fans have been lucky enough to witness a whopping 166 goals in just 57 games between the two Premier League giants – a rate of just over 2.91 per game.
Liverpool vs Tottenham have scored the same number of goals, but more in one match.
Everton vs Manchester United has scored 165 goals in 58 games, while Arsenal vs Tottenham has seen 164 goals in 58 games.
And fifth on the list is Arsenal vs Everton – with 162 goals in 57 Premier League games.
But this weekend is all about Arsenal and Liverpool. And it’s a fixture that has seen many golden moments over the years, with both sides usually competing at the top of the table.
The highest-scoring Premier League game between these teams came back in April 2009 when Andrey Arshavin stole the show in an exciting 4-4 draw at Anfield towards the end of the season.
The little Russian dealt a huge blow to Liverpool’s Premier League title expectations when he incredibly scooped all four of Arsenal’s goals that day in a mixed fight that left fans of both sides unable to catch their breath. It was simply stunning and will be remembered for a long time.
Next, we have a 2016 opening day cracker that saw a whopping seven goals enter the Emirates. Liverpool reigned supreme as they defeated the Gunners 4-3 in North London to kick off their campaign with a bang.
Andrey Arshavin scored four for Arsenal when they drew 4-4 at Anfield in April 2009
Sadio Mane celebrates with Jurgen Klopp as Liverpool beat Arsenal 4-3 in the Emirates in 2016
After the Gunners moved forward, Liverpool immediately hit back and somehow raced into a 4-1 lead with just 61 minutes left for a late rally on the side of Arsene Wenger.
Sadio Mané scored the goals after a stunning solo down the right wing before slamming in and unleashing a fierce attack from the top left corner with his weaker foot.
And five more games between the two Premier League greats have scored six goals – the last coming in December 2018 when Liverpool beat Arsenal 5-1.
Roberto Firmino scored a hat-trick for the hosts at Anfield, while Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah also got on the score sheet after Arsenal took a surprising lead in the 11th minute via Ainsley Maitland-Niles against the defending champions.
Liverpool also humiliated Arsenal with the same score in February 2014, when the Reds reached a four-goal lead within 20 minutes of Anfield in the season they were ever so close to winning their first-ever Premier League title. The Gunners again had no answers to the sparkling football on display.
But the action-packed encounters over the years certainly didn’t stop there. On two occasions, both sides have played dramatic 3-3 draws, the first at Anfield in January 2016 when Joe Allen produced a sucker punch for Arsenal’s title hopes with a last-gasping equalizer.
Then, almost two years later, Arsenal and Liverpool played a 3-3 draw at the Emirates in a Christmas cracker, while the Gunners somehow scored three times via Alexis Sanchez, Granit Xhaka and Mesut Ozil in the space of five minutes to race to a 3. -2 lead before Firmino equalized for Klopp’s side.
Roberto Firmino scored a hat-trick when the Reds beat the Gunners 5-1 in December 2018
Liverpool also hammered Arsenal 5-1 in February 2014 after storming to a 4-0 lead early on
Now we look back to Arsenal’s glory days at Highbury under legendary manager Wenger, and in particular the Invincibles season.
After being eliminated from the FA Cup and Champions League, Arsenal’s season was in danger of falling apart slightly when Liverpool visited North London on April 9, 2004.
And those fears almost turned into reality when Michael Owen gave Liverpool a 2-1 lead on the way to the break – with the Gunners’ unbeaten record in the Premier League at stake that season.
The Gunners hurt, but in true champion style, they immediately came back in the second half through Robert Pires for Thierry Henry’s magical moment to put his side ahead 3-2 – that remains lovingly in the game to this day. reminder from Arsenal fans.
Having just received the ball in half of Liverpool, Henry easily stepped aside from Dietmar Hamann before playing with Jamie Carragher, who was so blinded by his magic that he fell to the floor.
And beating only Jerzy Dudek, the Frenchman emphatically rolled the ball home to put Arsenal up front, before later completing his hat-trick to keep Arsenal’s unbeaten record intact with a 4-2 win.
Arsenal made a dramatic turnaround in December 2017 before being fed back 3-3
It’s a game steeped in history and has lived up to expectations since the inception of the Premier League.
To this day, the exploits of Robbie Fowler in 1994 fondly remain in the memory of Liverpool fans around the world.
In August 1994, a 19-year-old Fowler tormented the Gunners with a remarkable hat-trick in the space of four minutes and 33 seconds as Liverpool drove to a 3-0 victory at Anfield.
At the time, it was the fastest hat-trick ever in Premier League history, and it still gives David Seaman and that Arsenal nightmares on the defense – what was then the country’s most formidable backline.
There are plenty of other glaring clashes between the two sides that we could roll from, but we wouldn’t have enough time.
Regardless of their form, both Arsenal and Liverpool have only one way to play and that will not change anytime soon.
Thierry Henry scored a stunning solo goal when Arsenal won 4-2 in April 2004
Robbie Fowler scored an incredible hat-trick against Arsenal in August 1994
In 57 Premier League matches between the clubs, Liverpool came out on top – 22 of these won compared to Arsenal’s 16, with 19 games ending in a draw.
Liverpool have scored a whopping 94 goals against the Gunners, only scoring more over the years against three other Premier League teams – Newcastle (104), Tottenham (100) and West Ham (96).
And Arsenal have scored the most goals against Liverpool in the Premier League era. Against Chelsea and Manchester United they are the next (78), while Tottenham (52) and Manchester City (57) are a little further behind.
So come Saturday night, regardless of their recent form, you can expect a flurry of goals in North London. Famous last words …
Arsenal and Liverpool are hurt after gloomy campaigns, and now that the international hiatus is finally over, they will be desperate to make a quick statement on their way to the business end of the season with European football in mind.