For those who watch the Barclays Premier League, Arsenal vs Liverpool has always been entertaining. From incredible goals to flipping tackles, when these 2 reds meet you can be sure that sparks will fly!
With Liverpool Masters vs Arsenal Masters just a month away, lets take a look at 5 moments that proves that this is one of the most dramatic footballing rivalries.
1. Robbie Fowler scores the fastest hat trick in Premier League History
The year was 1994 and a young Robbie Fowler was lining up with Ian Rush for his 2 league appearance of the season. Within 26 minutes, the rising star scored past Arsenal’s famed defence of David Seaman, Lee Dixon, Martin Keown, Tony Adams and Nigel Winterburn. 2 minutes after that Steve McManaman provide the assist for Fowler’s 2nd goal. His third came from an assist from John Barnes. This was the fastest hat-trick in Premier League history at 4 minutes and 33 seconds. This record stood for almost 21 years when Southampton’s Sadio Mane broke it with a hat trick against Aston Villa in 2 minutes and 56 seconds.
Catch the amazing goals here
2. 3 Red Cards on 2 Occasions
It is no coincidence that both teams wear red as their primary colour, their players have an affinity with red cards too. There were 2 matches between them where 3 red cards was awarded by the referee. The first was on 20th August 2000 at the good old Highbury. Didi Hamann, Gary McAllister and Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira was sent off in an ill-tempered match. In the end goals from Thierry Henry and Lauren gave Arsenal their first win over Liverpool in 14 attempts.
The situation was reversed 18 months later in January 2002 when Arsenal faced Liverpool in the FA Cup. This time it was Arsenal who got 2 players sent off in Martin Keown and Dennis Bergkamp. Jamie Carragher was sent off as well but courted even more controversy by throwing a coin back in to the crowd after it had been thrown at him. Arsenal manage to win this game 1-0.
3. Julio Baptista and Andrey Arshavin each scoring 4 goals vs Liverpool
Arsenal fans will surely lovely this. There were 2 Arsenal player who each plundered 4 goals past Liverpool. The first was in a League Cup tie at Anfield in 2007. The unlikely hero came in the form of Julio Baptista who scored 4 times and even had a penalty saved by Jerzy Dudek. Arsenal won the game 6-3
The second time was in a Premier League game 2 years later, also at Anfield. This time the hero was none other than Andrey Arshavin. His 4 goals should have won Arsenal the points but goals from Yossi Benayoun and Fernando Torres make sure that the spoils were shared as the game finished 4-4.
Watch how Julio Baptista blew Liverpool away here
Catch Andrey Arshavin’s amazing goals here
4. Joe Cole got himself sent off on his Liverpool debut
After arriving on a Bosman, many Liverpool fans thought Joe Cole was the bargain of the decade. His debut was highly anticipated and but this will go down as one of the worst debuts in history. Joe Cole got himself sent off in what was also new manager Roy Hodgson’s first game in charge. Laurent Koscielny was also sent off on his debut in this match which finished 1-1. While one became Arsenal captain (Koscielny), the other flopped big time and the less said the better.
Watch how Joe Cole got himself sent off here
5. Lucas Leiva got “frimponged”
Do anyone remember Emmanuel Frimpong? If not let me give you a refresher. He is a Ghanaian born English midfielder. On his first start for Arsenal, he was sent off after a horrendous tackle on Liverpool’s Lucas Leiva in the second half. The tackle sent Lucas flying in the air and tumbling back on the ground. The video made it rounds on the internet and fans coined the term “You have been Frimponged” whenever opposition is on the receiving end of Emmanuel Frimpong’s over-the-top tackles.
Watch Lucas Leiva get “frimponged” here
Relive the rivalry this November when Liverpool’s Spice Boys (David James, Robbie Fowler and Steve McManaman) take on Arsenal’s Invincibles (Gilberto Silva, Nwankwo Kanu and Robert Pires in the Battle of the Masters at the National Stadium this November. Wait there is more, local legends Fandi Ahmad, Aleksander Duric and Malek Away will be part of a Singapore Masters team that will face Arsenal Masters and Liverpool Masters
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