Liverpool Vs Arsenal: The last 3 meetings
At 12:45 in the atmospheric ground that is Anfield, Liverpool will be hosting Arsenal for a Premier League clash which is sure to be an important game for both. Liverpool still have several injuries hampering their defence, whilst Arsenal are missing the likes of Walcott and Ramsey out injured. Some positive news for The Gunners fans will be that the energetic Jack Wilshere could make a return from another spell on the sidelines. Neither team really made an impact in the January transfer window, with Arsenal’s deadline-day signing Kim Källström some way off full fitness and both sets of fans feeling that their squads needed some strengthening.
Liverpool to win – 2.05
Draw – 3.30
Arsenal to win – 3.45
(All odds provided by Intertops.eu are accurate as of today and subject to change)
The meetings between these two Premiership heavyweights is usually of great entertainment value. You would need to go back to January 1999 to find the last time a meeting between the two teams ended 0-0, and with the likes of Olivier Giroud and Luis Suárez on the pitch, I see no reason for this game to be any different. Liverpool haven’t beaten Arsenal since August 2012 and will be looking to use this to help cement their claims as a true ‘top 4’ side. With that in mind, I thought it’d be nice to dip my toes in the lakes of nostalgia and have a look at the last 3 meetings between the two.
Goals from Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramsey rounded up a routine victory for Arsenal against a very complacent Liverpool side. Both sides were at the top of the table, so this would serve as a strong indicator as to how both teams might hold out for the rest of the season. Arsenal grabbed a goal against the run of play; diligence and brilliance from Cazorla allowed him to expertly volley home the rebound after his header crashed off the crossbar. Arsenal took control of the game from this stage and effectively sealed the win with Ramsey’s incredibly well-struck goal from distance. Suárez hit the post for Liverpool late on, but for them to have gained a goal and possibly a point later on, would have been harsh on Arsenal after such a commanding showing. A missed opportunity for Liverpool (how many times has that been said this season already?), but a good result for the North Londoners.
A wonderful game of attacking football which was helped created by some lacklustre defending from both teams. Liverpool went 2-0 up within the first hour of the game; Suárez scoring after a mistake from Sagna, whilst a typically energetic run from Henderson earned him a goal and some more respect from the Liverpool fans. Henderson needed to improve his performances for Liverpool and it was after this game that he continued to go up in the estimations of Liverpool fans. Arsenal – to their credit – refused to stay down, with Giroud pulling one back for the home side within five minutes of Henderson’s goal. Then, only a few minutes later Walcott powered home past Pepe Reina to bring things even. The attacking ensued and both teams had chances to snatch the lead, though neither was able to do so.
An incredibly disappointing result for Liverpool as Arsenal picked up their first victory of the 2012-13 season with a spellbinding performance. Liverpool – in comparison – looked jaded and out of ideas from the off. Podolski finished expertly early on, after Cazorla had capitalised on a rare Gerrard error and fed the ball through to the powerful German international. Young Raheem Sterling (only 17 at the time) was one of the only positives for Liverpool, with Cazorla looking like a bargain for 15mil with such a mature display which he capped off with Arsenal’s second goal. Reina rather flaccidly helped the Spaniard’s shot into his own net, but it was no less than Cazorla – and Arsenal – deserved. After the game, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers must have realised what a tough task he has ahead of him in revving the Liverpool of old.
Betting Instinct Tip – Arsenal to score exactly two goals, as they have done in the last three games against Liverpool, is 3.65 with GR88.com.