Arshavin vs The Kops

Arshavin vs The Kops

In the wake of our showdown against Liverpool this Sunday, I’d like to take us to one of my favourite match against Liverpool, on a night when Andrey Arshavin announced himself to English football; showing why Arsenal spent 15 million Pounds on him – making him Arsenal’s most expensive player then.
Four goals scored on that day by the Russian and what a way to do that in Anfield, very few have done it on this ground and even though the match ended in a 4 all draw, it’s something worth casting our minds to, as we prepare to visit that same ground on Sunday.
Pepe Reina, Alvaro Arbeloa, Jamie Carragher, Daniel Agger, Fabio Aurelio, Xabi Alonso, Javier Mascherano, Yossi Benayoun, Dirk Kuyt, Albert Riera, Fernando Torres, all featured in the starting line up against Arsenal who lined had a line up consisted of Lukasz Fabianski, Bacary Sagna, Kolo Toure, Mikael Silvestre, Kieran Gibbs, Andrey Arshavin, Alex Song, Cesc Fabregas, Denilson, Samir Nasri and Nicklas Bendtner.
Liverpool at this point was chasing the Premier league title under Rafael Benitez, as Arsenal usually on their top 4 chases. The host dominating the match until the little Russian struck for the visitors, taken a surprise 1-0 lead in the 37th minute despite being firmly on the back foot for long periods. Arshavin struck the ball, crashing in off the crossbar. The Gunners went into the halftime break with this lead.
In the second half that proved to be a half of goals from both sides, Fernando Torres and Yossi Benayoun combined well to prove a lethal weapon for the host. Fernando Torres levelled the match with a powerful header from a Dirk Kuyt’s cross early in the second half and a former Israeli international Yossi Benayoun put Liverpool 2-1 in front moments later after poor defending from the Gunners.
The Gunners drew level in the 67th minute when Alvaro Arbeloa was negligent enough to let Arshavin have possession in the host half of the pitch. Arshavin sent a powerful shot bending past the left hand of Pepe Reina as he could do little about it. Soon after, the visitors would re-establish their lead following a weak clearance from Aurelio, leaving the little Russian to score a hat trick. The defence of the host was far from composed on a night that needed it to be.
The scoreline was level at 3–3, as Torres held off Mikael Silvestre before dispatching a low ball from Albert Riera. For once, we all thought it was game over when Arshavin struck in the 90th minute to give the Gunners the lead for the third time and his fourth on the night, but Benayoun also struck late in the 90th minute to steal a point for the Kops.

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