Monday night will see Liverpool visit Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium for the 13th time since it was opened in 2006, and they will hope to change their fortunes after three consecutive losses in Islington.
In fact, the Scousers have won just once in the previous 12 attempts, a pretty pitiful record. During that time Arsenal have managed to win on five of their 12 visits to Anfield, as well as recording six victories at home.
So just how have Liverpool fared so badly?
The first meeting at Arsenal’s new ground saw Mathieu Flamini and Kolo Touré both notch in a 3-0 win for the hosts in one of Arsenal’s most comfortable home games of the inaugural season at Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners had to wait three more years for another win but claimed two in the same season. Kieran Gibbs, Aaron Ramsey and Francis Coquelin all featured at the ages of just 20, 18 and 18 as what was essentially an Arsenal youth team won a League Cup tie 2-1. Later on in the 2009/10 campaign Arsenal played a full-strength team and Abou Diaby nodded in the only goal of the game.
Arsenal once again had to wait a few years to beat Liverpool in London, but did so in style in 2013/14 as Aaron Ramsey scored a screamer to underline his claim to being one of the finest goalscoring midfielders in the game today.
Another cup game followed months later and Liverpool, despite beating the Gunners 5-1 at Anfield just a week earlier, fell short on Yaya Sanogo’s first Arsenal start.
Arsenal haven’t yet looked back from those back-to-back wins, and were victorious again last season when a stunning performance saw Brendan Rodgers’ side blown away. Héctor Bellerín, Mesut Özil, Alexis Sánchez and Olivier Giroud scored the goals in a 4-1 win.
To their credit, the Reds have drawn five of the 12 games at Arsenal’s new home, including a 1-1 result in the first leg of a Champions League quarter-final. Alex Hleb should have had a penalty that night, and it was the story of two penalties that also saw the most dramatic clash between these two so far.
Back in 2010/11, with Arsenal still in the title race, Dirk Kuyt’s 102nd minute penalty cancelled out Robin van Persie’s 98th minute opener, which was also struck from the spot.
The most recent draw between the two sides saw Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott inspire an Arsenal comeback, cancelling out the goals of Luis Suárez and Jordan Henderson which had given the visitors a two-goal lead.
Liverpool’s solitary success
The only Liverpool success came early in the 2011-12 season, with Ignasi Miquel kicking the ball into Aaron Ramsey’s chest for the opener in a 2-0 loss for the Gunners.
Some context: Samir Nasri started though he was already off to Manchester, Emmanuel Frimpong started and was sent off despite playing kind of well, Arsenal lost 8-2 at Old Trafford a week later.
Liverpool also needed that calamitous Ramsey own goal in order to get things going.
Basically, Liverpool were up against the worst Arsenal side of Arsène Wenger’s tenure.
I realise I’m setting us up for a big fall on Monday night, but I do think it’s worth pointing out Liverpool have a dismal Emirates Stadium record.