Liverpool 4 – 4 Arsenal Highlights from a mental night at Anfield

Liverpool 4 – 4 Arsenal: Arshavin 35, Torres 48, Benayoun 55, Arshavin 66, Arshavin 69, Torres 71, Arshavin 89, Benayoun 92. Highlights thanks to the Arsenalist.

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A scorcher of a game at Anfield produced eight goals, and four came from none other than Andrey Arshavin.The game was nearly ours when Arshavin scored his 4th in the 89th minute. Anfield must have been thinking it was 1989 all over again, but Benayoun grabbed a point for Liverpool in injury time.

Arsenal defended abysmally, and because of that we conceded easily – the left side got mauled – Liverpool were pounding away at us and we found it hard to pass the ball. Gibbs and Silvestre looked weak at times and that is to be expected, and Sagna was at fault for Liverpool’s first equaliser.

On the other hand we were clinical in attack – 4 shots on target and 4 goals.

Arshavin took his first goal, slotting in a Fabregas cross in the first half, after Nasri played him through. Benayoun then equalised early in the second half after Sagna cleared the ball across his own penalty area to Kuyt.

Torres made it 2 – 1 and it seemed that the game was lost! However, Arshavin then capitalised on slack Liverpool defending to make it 2-2, and then made it 3-2!

Torres made it three all after fooling Silvestre to gain more space. But in the 89th minute Walcott countered from a corner as Liverpool committed men forward. He took the ball forward and played Arshavin through on goal and he coolly took his 4th, making it 4-3.

When Arshavin made it 4-3 on the 89th minute I thought the game was ours, 1989 style. Up for Grabs now moment, Kenny Dalglish vacant stare moment. It wasn’t to be. I don’t know how the 4th assistant found 5 minutes added time, but it was inevitable the way Liverpool were pressing our shaky defence that they would get another goal.

Benayoun headed home after shambolic clearing from Arsenal allowed Liverpool to get a cross in injury time.

In any case it was a great game, highly entertaining, although I was disappointed that we never really got going. Arshavin more than made up for it with his performance – he really is a very, very special player.

This keeps the unbeaten run going. Wenger said that 3 points would have been better than one but in all fairness we were very lucky to come away with a point. It was the induvidual brilliance of Arshavin that got us the point.

The first time that 4 goals have been scored at Anfield in the league since the 1940s and who else could do it? What a rollercoaster of a game! How I’m wishing that Arshavin could play in the Champions League.

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12 thoughts on “Liverpool 4 – 4 Arsenal Highlights from a mental night at Anfield

  1. superjayjay

    Andrei Arshavin was outstanding, shame our defence was totally garbage. With a better defence next year, we will be fighting for all major trophies.

  2. moe

    we need a world class center back. Remember how we won the title the year we got sol campbell. We need a big CB along with a decent Goalie to cover for Almunia

    1. I think Fabianski is good enough cover, but another centre defender is needed. I don’t think Djourou is ready, and Senderos and Silvestre poss aren’t good enough cover for Gallas.

    2. Tieneich

      We need world class holding MF. I really miss Vieira, or even Gilberto and Flamini. We need toughness there and Denilson is not cutting it. If we are gonna move Nasri from the wings to AM or CM, then might as well move Fab to pair with Alex Song.

  3. jazztheboerboel

    Fabianski was super tonight, he could not do anything about the four goals. Densilon was horrible tonight, but lets remember he is only 21 years old and will get better, just like Song. Song was fantastic tonight and Cesc Was rubbish for the second game in a row.

  4. kavin

    of all people, i think the commentators had a good too….. and they’re right about the fact this being a premier league classic…

  5. Arshavin outstanding??? the four goals especially the 3rd & 4th were superbly taken. but before the 1st goal i don’t remember him having a meaningful touch. but none of our team had a great game although i thought some of Fabianski’s saves in the 1st half were top drawer. And Gibbs looks like a real find too. But what the result shows is that Wengers mantra about mental toughness is correct. This is a team that with one or 2 additions in the summer, can go all the way in most competitions.

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