Sunday 21 April 2013
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
Andrey Arshavin struck four times for Arsenal on a Tuesday night at Anfield but Arsene Wenger’s team still did not return to London with three points after an enthralling encounter on Merseyside that ended with the home side the more disappointed as their title hopes were hit.
The Russian had only scored twice since joining from Zenit St Petersburg at the end of the January transfer window, but he trebled his number of goals. He gave Arsenal the lead on 36 minutes, only for Fernando Torres and Yossi Benayoun to put Rafael Benitez’s team in front 11 minutes after half-time.
Two more strikes from Arshavin in three minutes put Arsenal back ahead but, only two minutes later, Torres levelled the match once more. Arshavin looked to have won the match for Arsenal in the last minute with a breakaway goal but Liverpool showed spirit with an injury-time equaliser from Benayoun.
The point lifted Liverpool to the top of the Barclays Premier League on goal difference but, with Manchester United on the same number of points with two matches in hand, the failure to win meant disappointment was the predominant feeling on Merseyside and it was prescient as United went on to win the title by four points.