English Premier League teams Arsenal and Liverpool have a fierce rivalry and an interesting head-to-head record. Of the 212 matches that the two teams have played against each other, Liverpool has won 82, Arsenal 75 and 55 were draws. Liverpool has won 54% of the home games against Arsenal but only 25% of the games at Arsenal while Arsenal's record is a little more balanced, with a 42% win rate at home, 45% on neutral ground and 27% at Liverpool. Arsenal has 10 FA Cup wins compared with 7 for Liverpool. Liverpool has 18 Premier League titles against 13 for Arsenal. Arsenal is based in London, while Liverpool is based in Liverpool in the North of England.
|Full Name||Arsenal Football Club||Liverpool Football Club|
|Founded||1886 , as Dial Square||March 15, 1892|
|Chairman||Sir John "Chips" Keswick||Tom Werner|
|Home Ground||Emirates Stadium||Anfield, Liverpool, England|
|Home Colors||Red shirts with white sleeves and white shorts.||Red|
|Owner||Arsenal Holdings plc||Fenway Sports Group|
|Nickname(s)||The Gunners||The Reds|
|Most Famous Managers||Arsène Wenger, George Graham, Herbert Chapman||Bob Paisley, Bill Shankley, Kenny Daglish|
|No. of UEFA Champions League Titles||0||3|
|Rivalry||Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea||Everton, Manchester United|
|No. of Domestic Cups||26 (12 FA Cups, 14 Community Shields)||18|
|No. of Domestic League Titles||13 First Division & Premier League Titles (2004, 2002, 1998, 1991, 1989, 1971, 1953, 1948, 1938, 1935, 1934, 1933, 1931)||8|
Arsenal was founded in 1886 under the name Dial Square by workers at the Royal Arsenal in Woolwich. The team became the first southern member of the Football League in 1893 and was promoted to first division in 1904. The club became near-bankrupt in 1910 before it was taken over by Henry Norris and William Hall and moved to Highbury in North London. The club won its first FA Cup Final in 1930 and began to dominate British football in the 1930s.
Liverpool was founded after a dispute between Everton football committee and John Houlding, the club president and owner of Anfield at the time. Everton relocated to Goodison Park, and Houlding founded Liverpool F.C. to play at Anfield instead. The club joined the Football League Second Division in the 1893-4 season and was promoted to First Division after finishing in first place. It reached its first FA Cup Final in 1914.
Arsenal’s home colors have typically been bright red shirts with white sleeves and shorts. Initially, its away colors were white shorts with black or white shorts, but in the 1969-70 season, they changed to yellow and blue. Arsenal’s shirts are made by Nike and sponsored by Emirates.
Liverpool’s home colors are all red, but when it was founded, it used blue and white quartered shirts until 1894. The away strip has usually been all yellow, or white shirts with black shorts. It has also used grey away kits.
From 1913 to 2006, Arsenal was based at Arsenal Stadium, usually known as Highbury. The stadium could hold 57,000 spectators until the early 90s, when new regulations forced the club to change to an all-seater stadium, reducing capacity to 38,419 spectators. In 2000, Arsenal decided to build a new 60,361 capacity stadium at Ashburton Grove. Construction was completed in July 2006.
Liverpool has always been based at Anfield stadium, which was built in 1884. The stadium could accommodate more than 60,000 supporters at its peak, but required conversion into an all-seater stadium in 1992 reduced capacity to 45,276. The club planned to construct a new stadium in Stanley Park for 2011 but construction was halted due to lack of financing.
Notable Players and Managers
Arsenal’s notable players include Thierry Henry(now in NY Red Bulls), who scored 226 goals in 370 games, England penalty-saving specialist David Seaman, Ashley Cole, Tony Adams, Patrick Viera, Ray Parlour and Liam Brady. Arsenal has had 19 managers, with Sam Hollis as the first, and Arsene Wenger the most recent.
Famous Liverpool players include now-TV commentator Steve McManaman, Michael Owen, Graem Souness, Kevin Keegan, Billy Liddell, Jamie Carragher, Tommy Smith, Robbie Fowler, Ian Rush, John Barnes, Steven Gerrand and Kenny Dalglish, who was also recent manager of the club. Other popular Liverpool managers include Roy Evans, first managers W.E. Barclay and John McKenna, Gerard Houllier, and Bob Paisley.
Arsenal fans refer to themselves as “Gooners.” Virtually all home games sell out.
Liverpool has one of the highest average home attendances in Europe. Liverpool fans refer to themselves as Kopites. The club’s anthem is You’ll Never Walk Alone. Liverpool was also involved in the infamous Hillsborough disaster in 1989, when 95 Liverpool fans died as a consequence of overcrowding in standing areas of the Sheffield stadium where the match was held.
Arsenal has been stereotyped as a defensive and “boring” team.
Records and Firsts
Arsenal’s match on 22nd January 1927 was the first English League match to be broadcast live on radio, and on 16th September 1937, an exhibition match between their first team and reserves was the first football match in the world to be broadcast live on television. Arsenal has the most consecutive seasons spent in the top flight (85), the longest run of unbeaten League matches (49), and the most matches played in the Champions League without conceding a goal (10).
Liverpool appeared in the first edition of the BBC’s Match of the Day in 1964, and was in the first match to be televised in color in 1967. The club has more top-flight wins than any other English team.
Arsenal has won 13 Premier League titles: 1930-31, 1932-3, 1933-4, 1934-5, 1937-8, 1947-8, 1952-3, 1970-71, 1990-91, 2001-02, and 2003-04. They have won the FA Cup 10 times, in 1930, 1936, 1950, 1971, 1979, 1992, 1998, 2002, 2003 and 2005. They made the UEFA Championships in 2006 but lost to Barcelona.
Liverpool has won 18 Premier League Titles, with the latest in 1989-90. It has also won the FA Cup 7 times, in 1965, 1974, 1989, 1992, 2001 and 2006, and won the UEFA Championships in 1977, 1978, 1981, 1984 and 2005.
Liverpool vs Arsenal Head-to-head stats
Liverpool has scored more goals against Arsenal and won more of their matches over all. Liverpool tend to play much better at their home ground, with an average of 1.9 goals per game.
Here are head-to-head stats as published by LFCOnline.com on Jan 16, 2013:
Arsenal established The Arsenal Charitable Trust in 1992. By 2006, it had raised more than £2 million for local causes. In the 2009-10 season, they raised £818.897 for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.
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