Liverpool 4 – 4 Arsenal: Arshavin stars…

Liverpool 4 – 4 Arsenal Arshavin 36, 67, 70, 90  Wow, that was a seriously crazy football game yesterday. In a decent reaction from Arsene, he named the strongest line up he could, which saw Arshavin and Song restored to the starting line-up and with Sagna recovering from flu, we had some more strength at the back. A 4-5-1 was deployed with Nasri on the right replacing Walcott the only real change. A little surprising as we know what Walcott in capable of, but at the moment, Arsene is trying to keep everyone fresh, whilst getting results, as he attempts to win the Champions League. The line up was:


Sagna – Toure – Silvestre – Gibbs

Denilson – Song

Nasri – Cesc – Arshavin


It was a tough game and Liverpool, no doubt, were up for it. They came out of the blocks firing and were biting at our heals all game. Torres was very dangerous and with Benayoun having a free role, the tenacity of the Liverpool team did pose a problem. We rarely had a chance to venture forward but, our only shot on goal was a goal, when Nasri and Cesc combined well to steal the ball on the edge of the area and set up Arshavin for an emphatic tap in.

We went into the half 1-0 up and it was all Liverpool after the break – they went 2-1 up quickly with goals through Torres and then Benayoun. At that point, the result or any result looked dubious as Liverpool were really on fire, but then a great peice of pressure by Arshavin on the Liverpool defence saw him nick the ball and shoot an incredible shot past Reina to make it 2 – 2. 3 minutes later, some great work by Nasri and Arshavin saw the ball swing over to Bendtner and the Liverpool clearance fell to Arshavin who shot low and hard to make it 3-2 to the Arsenal.

But within 2 minutes, Torres swivelled and shot pasted Silvestre and Fabianski and it was level again. But on the stroke of full time, Walcott broke and found Arshavin, one on one with the keeper and the Russian finished with aplomb with his left past the Liverpool keeper. There was still time for Liverpool to equalise through Benayoun against a very shaky back line.

All in all, a crazy game – am I happy? Am I sad? I just don’t know. The only question I have is why didn’t Arshavin play against Chelsea? I’m surprise no-one has asked Arsene that!

Okay, here’s what Arsene said:

“I believe it was a game of a frenetic pace, and of top quality. Both teams created many chances and you can see when you play on a good pitch you can play football in the Premier League. Apart from that we are  half-happy because we scored four goals but we are half-unhappy because we conceded four. As well, to be 4-3 up with two minutes to go, the team is disappointed. It was another great performance tonight and Liverpool maybe thought a draw was a fair result.

“The big regret we have is that 10 minutes into the second half we a 2-1 down, but not from something created by Liverpool; from balls we didn’t clear properly from the back.”

“Arshavin can play everywhere, like all great players. He scored four goals but it was at the end of good combination play. He has tricks and a short back-lift and that makes him very dangerous.

“It shows he has a good left foot, but in full confidence he can be relaxed enough to take the goal anyway. I have been in this job a long time and not many players get four goals in a top game like that. I didn’t expect him to do that – he has scored seven in seven games.”

“It is still very open. It depends on what kind of form Manchester United find because they had a bit of a problem before the interruption of the Champions League so we will see how they come back against Portsmouth.”

“I never doubted the character of my players. The fact they came into the dressing room very, very disappointed says a lot about their character. It shows they wanted to win and that we go for it every time. It takes quality to respond like we did today, only three days after the [FA Cup].”

“He was fantastic in the first half but struggled a bit more in the second because I believe we were less dominant from crosses. But overall, Fabianski had a god performance.”

More tomorrow…

Liverpool: Reina, Arbeloa, Carragher, Agger, Aurelio, Alonso, Mascherano, Benayoun, Kuyt (El Zhar 86), Riera (Babel 74), Torres. Subs Not Used: Cavalieri, Dossena, Lucas, Ngog, Skrtel.   Goals: Torres 49, Benayoun 56, Torres 72, Benayoun 90. Arsenal: Fabianski, Sagna, Toure, Silvestre, Gibbs, Arshavin, Song, Fabregas, Denilson (Walcott 65), Nasri, Bendtner (Diaby 90). Subs Not Used: Mannone, Eduardo, Vela, Ramsey, Eboue. Booked: Sagna. Goals: Arshavin 36, 67, 70, 90. Att: 44,424 Ref: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire).]]>

  • khai

    < ![CDATA[er. somehow, i feel kinda worried about about defense. 2 of the goals that we leaked were due to bad clearances. we will be playing manure and chelsea soon. i really do hope the defence can hold themselves. but fabianski really improved in this game. some of the saves he made were really excellent. anyone feel that the 4th goal we scored had some similarity to the wonder walcott run for the CL match against pool?]]>


    Gosh, Silvestre has had it! He was flippin’ useless!


    Also – Bendtner. Great compsure for his disallowed goal, but apart from that he did the square root of fuck all.

  • AJ

    I’ll leave a proper comment later, all I can say is I love Arshavin, whenever he gets the ball you just know something special is going to happen. If he continues like this he will fast become my new favourite player.

  • Pissed off

    Dreams can turn to reality for us Arsenal faithful. No doubt quality be gets quality but special players be get trophies. Wenger hopefully will understand were I come from.

  • devday

    < ![CDATA[Don't forget tonight... it's the FA Youth Cup S/F 2nd Leg at the Emirates... Arsenal v Man City FA Youth Cup sponsored by E.ON, Emirates Stadium Wednesday, April 22, 2009, 19:00]]>

  • jeffvip

    Yup, a very good performance from Arshavin… I doubt Adebayor or Van Persie can capitalise all the mistake from the Liverpool. But anyway, i believe 3 out of 4 is a gift from us by liverpool. So either offensively or defensively we didn’t do great. This is a worrying sign ahead of champions league semifina…

  • Fabrez

    Well jeffvip…we’ve got about a week 2 get our players back… Almunia is back on the weekend… Clichy’s 3 weeks rest shud b finished by the semi-final and Sagna should be his old self by then as well. Hope to have Djourou back as well… Silvestre needs not apply for CB come that Man U game…hopefully…

  • Fabrez

    And yeah…hopefully the young guns can do us proud in the Youth FA Cup…that would make me feel better about missing out on the FA Cup and would show good promise for the future and be of invaluable experience to the young lads.

  • khai

    < ![CDATA[did u guys read fabianski's interview? it takes guts to come out and take the blame. although i cant say that he's totally to be blamed. it's a team game after all. but he showed that he's capable in the pool 1st half. i was quite impresed with some of the saves he made then. i'm sure fabianski will come out better. maybe almunia shld start criticising him (*reminisce lehmann-almunia) haha..]]>

  • khai

    what’s up with the awaiting moderation?

  • debs

    Really looking forward to the FA cup game. Loads of exciting talent. Come on you young gunners!

  • nelk

    is the youth fa cup live on TV today


    < ![CDATA[ergh What can I say...personally I am actually kinda disgusted at the game last night...i think that overall liverpool played better than us, all the goals could of been avoided...too many times we were just passing the ball in our own 3rd of the pitch instead of just getting it out...I think Fab could of done better with torres 2nd, he got a hand to it but couldnt push it out further.... I cant believe they disallowed bendnters goal, if they didnt flag cesc for the 1st, then why wud they flag nick? he was clearly in line...I think this was a chance to close the gap on chelsea and really push them for 3rd place, 4th place qualifying for the champions leage is gonna be alot harder and finally whats up with our defence? 2 mins to go and we cant hold on. twice we had chances to get the ball to theo and let him run into the liverpool half before benayoun finally scored the 4th... and AJ, Arshavin is my favourite player and I will soon be getting a shirt with his name on it lol]]>

  • devday

    < ![CDATA[khai - posts with links require approval... nelk - the game is on Arsenal TV and Arsenal TV online.]]>

  • Arsenaganda

    < ![CDATA[Dev I wont be the first to admit what an amazing site your site is becoming. How it seem to influence the way things are done in Arsenal, the moderation, the point of views from different people and above all the critical arguments I get from Zohaib, Debs , Kieran, fabrez and a whole lot I cant remember. If you have been observant enough you will see patterns in the way things have happened this season. The Arshavin buy, Wenger's opinion been influenced; am sure its happened . What am saying is, it seems someone is listening or may be its just a joke, but you never know life is always a joke. I raise this issue because I want you to make a case, a strong one about our defence; throw the argument open and lets hear peoples point of views. I just saw the Liverpool match , the way the teamconceded the last goal looked elementry school defending to me , It annoys the way we defend. Fabregas has made that case and I have this feeling that Wenger will always take that lightly; may be he does not consider the defensive approaches to game a serious issue. I need names, we need arguments, we need to convince someone the way we did for Arshavin. If one does not think we (fans)played a path in bringing Arshavin in then the person frequent this site. The point am making is this; we can make this work, use this to suggest players and ,make our argument strong, stick to it and see what happens. It belittles me that the team I support can't defend and it's more annoying that two players (Diaby and denilson) are made to do one DMFs job (Zohaib's words) . I will start by making my case - a DMF needed - I would go for Veloso Defender - Hangland or a good known defender. But before that, players like Silvestre and diaby should be questioned.]]>

  • RF

    < ![CDATA[Awesome Match .. Probably the match of the season. A bit disappointed bout conceding that 4th goal. I've got a combination of Happy and Sad Feelings. Unfortunately Arshawin is ineligible for CL, I would have loved to see him play in the Semis. He's got a Killer Class & shows real hunger when he plays. Hopefully our players learn from him.]]>

  • zohaib

    Kieran – I see Silvestre has finally managed to upset you. lol