Author: Paul Reece
2016/17 Premier League
Published: 13:15 12/09/2014
Liverpool and Arsenal meet at Anfield this December and if history is anything to go by we should be treated to another absolute christmas cracker.
The two sides have treated us to a host of great encounters over the years, with Liverpool thrashing Arsenal 5-1 at Anfield last year. Raheem Sterling netted twice that day with defender Martin Skrtel also bagging a brace as the Reds raced into a four-goal half-time lead.
Daniel Sturridge was also on target, with Mikel Arteta netting a late consolation with his side already five-goals down.
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Do not write Arsenal off, however, the Gunners recovered to defeat Liverpool in the FA Cup 2-1 just one-week after the humbling Merseyside loss. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored one and supplied Lukas Podolski for the winner at the Emirates, with Steven Gerrard netting from the spot for the visitors.
While Aaron Ramsey’s stunning effort along with Santi Cazorla's 19th minute strike condemned Liverpool to a 2-0 defeat in the league in London last November.
In fact, the Gunners headed into the 5-1 defeat unbeaten in four matches against the Reds with three wins and one draw while the last goalless draw between the two sides came all the back in January 1999.
Since then the two sides have met 39 times, with the scoreline finishing 2-1 nine times and 1-1 eight times. At Anfield, meanwhile, Liverpool have won 53 of the 97 meetings, losing 26 and drawing 18 and averaging 1.96 goals compared to Arsenal’s 1.16.
The two sides were both title contenders last season, taking advantage of Spurs and Man United’s dip but both came up just short compared to Manchester City and Chelsea.
Liverpool have, of course, lost striker Luis Suarez this year but have replaced him with temperamental Italian striker Mario Balotelli. The enigmatic attacker was linked with Arsenal last season but Wenger reportedly rejected the opportunity to sign the former Manchester City man.
The striker was sent off against Arsenal whilst at City and will no doubt be the target of jeers from the Gunners support at Anfield.
While Wenger reportedly rejected Balotelli, Arsenal’s marquee summer signing Alexis Sanchez snubbed a move to Liverpool this summer. The Chilean international joined the Londoner’s from Barcelona, with Brendan Rodgers believing the ‘lure of London’ cost him the star.
The two forwards will both no doubt be keen to impress at Anfield but which one will come out on top?
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