Arsenal v Liverpool: ‘Invincibles’ return to thriller 3-4 – five famous clashes in north London ahead of Wednesday’s massive Premier League encounter


Arsenal take on Liverpool in the Premier League on Wednesday night in what has always been a historic clash.

The Gunners and Reds are two of the biggest teams in the world and there have been some fascinating games between the two at Highbury and the Emirates.

Arsenal vs Liverpool is still a huge game

Now Wednesday’s game has the potential to be one of the biggest games between the sides, with Liverpool and Arsenal on superb winning runs.

Jurgen Klopp’s men have won their last eight league games, while Mikel Arteta’s side are also on a winning streak.

So no matter what, at least one of those winning streaks will end.

It’s a huge game for both sides for slightly different reasons, but a poor result for either could derail their respective challenges.

The Reds are right in the Premier League title race, while the Gunners are in pole position to secure a place in the top four.

So with that in mind, let’s take a walk down memory lane and reminisce about some famous/exciting North London games.

Arsenal v Liverpool: Premier League record

Arsenal win – 16

Liverpool win – 24

Draws – 19

Arsenal v Liverpool: 'Invincibles' return to thriller 3-4 - five famous clashes in north London ahead of Wednesday's massive Premier League encounter
Klopp is looking to seal his third win over Arteta this season
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Arsenal 4 Liverpool 2 – season 2003/04

During Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ season, it wasn’t all easy for Arsene Wenger’s side and as the season drew to a close, Liverpool arrived at Highbury and almost ruined everything.

Two first-half goals from Sami Hyypia and Michael Owen took the Reds 2-1 up at half-time.

However, Arsenal roared and sealed a huge 4-2 win.

Robert Pires scored the equaliser, but the day belonged to Thierry Henry.

The magical Frenchman netted a hat-trick which included a divine solo goal to seal a big win.

Thinking back now, it was an important moment in Arsenal’s 2003/04 campaign.


3. Thierry Henry - Scored 34 goals in 2004
Henry scored a ridiculous hat trick to seal a huge win

Arsenal 1 Liverpool 1 – season 2010/2011

At first glance, it doesn’t look like an exciting or even memorable match.

However, it was the match that effectively ended the Gunners’ title hopes for the 2010/11 season.

With seven games to go, Wenger’s side knew they needed a win to keep their title hopes alive.

Jamie Carragher suffered a horrific injury after a header clash with John Flanagan, so there was plenty of added time.

However, the game appeared to be heading for a 0-0 draw, until Jay Spearing knocked down Cesc Fabregas in the box.

Up stepped up Robin van Persie to score a 98th-minute penalty. If the Gunners had held their ground, they would have closed the gap to Manchester United at the top of the table to four points.

However, the Gunners pulled back and Emmanuel Eboué fouled Lucas Leiva in the penalty area in the 102nd minute.

Dirk Kuyt scored from the spot to crush Arsenal’s title dreams for another season.

Arsenal v Liverpool: 'Invincibles' return to thriller 3-4 - five famous clashes in north London ahead of Wednesday's massive Premier League encounter
Kuyt scored a pressure penalty for the Reds just on death

Arsenal 4 Liverpool 1 – season 2014/15

Arsenal all but ended Liverpool’s hopes of a top four finish in the 2014/15 season when they beat the Reds at the Emirates.

Brendan Rodgers’ side were six points behind the Gunners with eight games to play, so they needed a win to keep those Champions League dreams alive.

However, Arsenal put on a scintillating spectacle in front of their own fans.

Wenger’s side scored three goals in the space of eight minutes in the first half to end the game as a contest.

Fine goals from Hector Bellerin, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez put the home side in full control.

Liverpool pulled one back with a Jordan Henderson penalty before Emre Can was dismissed for two yellow cards.

Olivier Giroud added a fourth to shine the score and condemn Liverpool to a miserable defeat.

2015/16: Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) - 19 assists
Ozil scored a brilliant free-kick to put Arsenal 2-0 up

Arsenal 3 Liverpool 4 – season 2016/17

This match took place on the opening weekend of the season and it was hugely entertaining.

Arsenal scored the opener through Theo Walcott after missing a penalty moments earlier before Philippe Coutinho whipped in a delicious free-kick to level the scores.

However, in the second half, the Reds came out and stunned the home side with three goals in the space of 14 minutes to secure the three-point return for Merseyside.

Adam Lallana, Coutinho and an early goal for Sadio Mane proved enough for the Reds, despite a fiery fight back from Arsenal.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Calum Chambers brought the Gunners back in for a while but the Reds held on.

Mane’s goal was particularly special as he cut in from the right and unleashed a thunderous shot into the far corner.

It was a sign of what was to come from the Senegalese international in the Liverpool shirt.

At the end of the season, Liverpool finished a point above the Gunners to seal fourth place, so in hindsight it was a crucial game.

Arsenal v Liverpool: 'Invincibles' return to thriller 3-4 - five famous clashes in north London ahead of Wednesday's massive Premier League encounter
Sadio Mane had an instant impact on his Liverpool debut
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Arsenal 3 Liverpool 3 – season 2017/18

It was another thrilling game between two teams who at the time really couldn’t defend.

The visiting team took a two-goal lead through Coutinho and Mohamed Salah.

However, Arsenal responded in spectacular fashion and scored three goals in the space of five minutes to put the Gunners in charge.

Alexis Sanchez, Granit Xhaka and Mesut Ozil scored and Arsenal looked to be on course for three points.

However, Roberto Firmino had other ideas, and after being played by Emre Can he fired a shot on goal which Petr Cech weakly tipped into the net.

The result kept Liverpool a point ahead of the Gunners in the race for the top four and they finished the season ahead of Arsenal. Firmino’s goal therefore turned out to be very important.

Arsenal v Liverpool: 'Invincibles' return to thriller 3-4 - five famous clashes in north London ahead of Wednesday's massive Premier League encounter
Firmino and Coutinho scored for Liverpool in an Emirates thriller
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