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Friday 13 December 2013

On this day in 2009: Arshavin stuns Liverpool again

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall Andrey Arshavin's winner for Arsenal at Anfield

  • Andrey Arshavin celebrates after scoring a superb winner for Arsenal at Anfield

  • Arshavin is congratulated by the Gunners' manager Arsene Wenger

  • The Russian winger scored four goals in the same Anfield fixture in the previous season

  • Earlier, an own goal from Glen Johnson gave Arsenal an equaliser after going 1-0 down

  • Dirk Kuyt fired in a loose ball from Fabio Aurelio's free-kick to give the hosts a first-half lead

Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

13 December 2009 - Liverpool 1-2 Arsenal

Andrey Arshavin continued his hold over Liverpool by scoring the winning goal for Arsenal at Anfield.

The Russian striker, who scored four goals in a thrilling 4-4 draw at Anfield the previous season, struck in the 58th minute when he controlled a pass and superbly fired a shot past Pepe Reina.

Liverpool had controlled the first half with Fernando Torres, making his first start since October following an injury lay-off, being denied by Manuel Almunia in the 11th minute.

The breakthrough came in the 40th minute when Dirk Kuyt fired home a loose ball after Almunia had failed to deal with Fabio Aurelio’s free-kick.

Arsenal were a different side after the break and took only five minutes to equalise. Samir Nasri’s cross deflected off Liverpool’s Jamie Carragher and resulted in Glen Johnson turning the ball into his own net.

Arshavin’s moment of brilliance put the Gunners ahead and they saw out the match to stay third in the table, seven points ahead of seventh-placed Liverpool.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said a strong half-time word to his players had paid dividends.

“Sometimes you have to respond to what the team needs," he said. "I try to be composed but it was good to be able to surprise the players after 13 years in charge.”

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez said: “The first half we were really good – we scored the goal and had another clear chance. In the second half there was Glen Johnson’s goal early and that changed everything and we lost our confidence.”

Arsenal and Liverpool finished third and seventh respectively in the 2009/10 Barclays Premier League campaign.

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Key Points

  • Premierleague.com looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember when Andrey Arshavin sealed a 2-1 win in style for Arsenal against Liverpool at Anfield