Arsenal’s draw against Liverpool in the League Cup looks like an extremely tough one, but the Gunners do have the best of the recent history between the two in the cups.
In the league, Arsenal are on a pretty terrible streak against Liverpool. The Gunners have four draws and five defeats in their last nine games, and they last beat their cup opponents back in 2015.
Since the turn of the millennium, however, Arsenal have been getting the better of Liverpool far more often in cup competitions. The teams have faced each other six times, and the Gunners have won five of those ties:
- 16th Feb 2014: Arsenal 2-1 Liverpool (FA Cup)
- 28th Oct 2009: Arsenal 2-1 Liverpool (League Cup)
- 9th Jan 2007: Liverpool 3-6 Arsenal (League Cup)
- 6th Jan 2007: Liverpool 1-3 Arsenal (FA Cup)
- 27th Jan 2002: Arsenal 1-0 Liverpool (FA Cup)
- 12th May 2001: Arsenal 1-2 Liverpool (FA Cup)
You’ll notice that both of the League Cup fixtures were wins for Arsenal too. The last time Arsenal lost to Liverpool in the competition was 1996, during Arsene Wenger’s first season as manager.
What happens this time around will largely depend on the strength of the team Liverpool put out. If they go for their first team, they’re one of the best sides in the country right now, and Arsenal will have a really tough time.
If both teams use their squad players, Arsenal should have a chance, because Unai Emery has a lot of depth to draw on. The youth players who performed so well against Nottingham Forest will all be itching for another opportunity to show their worth.