Spyin' Kop Arsenal Vs Liverpool (CL 1st Leg, Emirates)

Posted by Franck Le Poof on March 27, 2008, 09:33:53 PM

Arsenal vs Liverpool
Wednsday April 2nd 2008
19:45 Emirates Stadium

Rather than boring you with facts about each club’s history which you probably already know about both clubs (or hopefully, at least ours), I’ll just throw in a few statistics for you and get straight to the questions.

Arsenal League Table Position:
3rd Place
Games Played: 31
Wins: 19
Draws: 10
Losses: 2
Goals for: 59
Goals Against: 24

Liverpool League Table Position:
4th Place
Games Played: 31
Wins:  16
Draws: 11
Losses: 4
Goals for: 55
Goals Against: 24

Arsenal Home Record (PL):
Games Played: 16
Wins: 12
Draws: 4
Losses: 0
Goals for: 33
Goals Against: 10

Liverpool Away Record (PL):
Games Played: 15
Wins:  7
Draws: 5
Losses: 3
Goals for:  17
Goals Against:  12
UEFA Facts (from UEFA.com) , Liverpool;
 UEFA club competition milestones


• The most successful English club in UEFA competition history, Liverpool have won the European Champion Clubs' Cup/UEFA Champions League five times.
• Liverpool have also won the UEFA Cup on three occasions and the UEFA Super Cup three times, having lost five finals: the European Champion Clubs' Cup in 1984/85 and 2006/07, the 1965/66 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup and the 1978 and 1984 UEFA Super Cup.
UEFA Champions League milestones
• Winners in 2004/05, with a 3-2 shoot-out victory against AC Milan after a 3-3 draw in Istanbul, Liverpool were beaten 2-1 by the Rossoneri in the 2006/07 showpiece in Athens. Only once since their bow in 2001/02 have they failed to get beyond the group stage.
UEFA club competition honours
• European Champion Clubs' Cup: 1976/77, 1977/78, 1980/81, 1983/84, 2004/05
• UEFA Cup: 1972/73, 1975/76, 2000/01
• UEFA Super Cup: 1977, 2001, 2005
Ten-year record (including current season)
2006/07: UEFA Champions League - runners-up
2005/06: UEFA Champions League - first knockout round
2004/05: UEFA Champions League - winners
2003/04: UEFA Cup - fourth round
2002/03: UEFA Cup - quarter-finals (having transferred from the UEFA Champions League group stage)
2001/02: UEFA Champions League - quarter-finals
2000/01: UEFA Cup - winners
1999/00: Did not compete in UEFA club competition
1998/99: UEFA Cup - third round
Key facts
UEFA club competition
• Pld: 264 W: 149 D: 57 L: 58 GF: 471 GA: 216
UEFA Champions League (group stage to final)
• Pld: 62 W: 30 D: 18 L: 14 GF: 90 GA: 47
European Champion Clubs' Cup/UEFA Champions League
• Pld: 152 W: 88 D: 32 L: 32 GF: 281 GA: 118
 
Records
UEFA club competition
• Biggest win
11-0: Liverpool FC v Strømgodset IF
17.09.1974, UEFA Cup Winners' Cup first round first leg
• Biggest home win
11-0: Liverpool FC v Strømgodset IF
• Biggest away win
0-5: FC Haka v Liverpool FC
08.08.2001, European Champion Clubs' Cup third qualifying round first leg
0-5: Crusaders FC v Liverpool FC
28.09.1976, European Champion Clubs' Cup first round second leg
0-5: KR Reykjavík v Liverpool FC
17.08.1964, European Champion Clubs' Cup preliminary round first leg
• Heaviest defeat
5-1: AFC Ajax v Liverpool FC
07.12.1966, European Champion Clubs' Cup second round leg
• Heaviest home defeat
0-2: Liverpool FC v SL Benfica
08.03.2006, UEFA Champions League first knockout round second leg
0-2: Liverpool FC v Celtic FC
20.03.2003, UEFA Cup quarter-finals second leg
1-3: Liverpool FC v FC Barcelona
20.11.2001, UEFA Champions League second group stage
0-2: Liverpool FC v FC Spartak Moskva
04.11.1992, UEFA Cup Winners' Cup second round second leg
• Heaviest away defeat
5-1: AFC Ajax v Liverpool FC (see above for details)
UEFA Champions League (group stage to final only)
• Biggest win
8-0: Liverpool FC v Beşiktaş JK
06.11.2007, UEFA Champions League group stage
• Biggest home win
8-0: Liverpool FC v Beşiktaş JK
• Biggest away win
0-4: Olympique de Marseille v Liverpool FC
11.12.2007, UEFA Champions League group stage
• Heaviest defeat
0-2: Liverpool FC v SL Benfica
2-0: Valencia CF v Liverpool FC
17.09.2002, UEFA Champions League group stage
4-2: Bayer 04 Leverkusen v Liverpool FC
09.04.2002, UEFA Champions League quarter-finals second leg
1-3: Liverpool FC v FC Barcelona
• Heaviest home defeat
0-2: Liverpool FC v SL Benfica
1-3: Liverpool FC v FC Barcelona
• Heaviest away defeat
2-0: Valencia CF v Liverpool FC
4-2: Bayer 04 Leverkusen v Liverpool FC

Arsenal Uefa Facts:
UEFA club competition milestones

• In the 2005/06 season Arsenal advanced to the European Champion Clubs' Cup final for the first time although they had previously been involved in both UEFA Cup Winners' Cup and UEFA Cup finals.
• Arsenal played in three UEFA Cup Winners' Cup finals, triumphing in the 1993/94 season when they overcame Parma FC 1-0 thanks to Alan Smith's 22nd-minute goal. The other finals ended in narrow defeats by Valencia CF and Real Zaragoza in 1979/80 and 1994/95 respectively.
• Following their elimination from the 1999/00 UEFA Champions League at the end of the group stage, Arsenal advanced to the UEFA Cup final only to lose on penalties to Galatasaray SK at Copenhagen's Parken stadium.
UEFA Champions League milestones
• Their finest UEFA Champions League campaign culminated on 17 May 2006 with a 2-1 defeat by FC Barcelona, after Sol Campbell had given the London club the lead in Paris.
UEFA club competition honours
• UEFA Cup Winners' Cup: 1993/94
Ten-year record
2006/07: UEFA Champions League - first knockout round
2005/06: UEFA Champions League - runners-up
2004/05: UEFA Champions League - first knockout round
2003/04: UEFA Champions League - quarter-finals
2002/03: UEFA Champions League - second group stage
2001/02: UEFA Champions League - second group stage
2000/01: UEFA Champions League - quarter-finals
1999/00: UEFA Cup - finalists (having transferred from the UEFA Champions League group stage)
1998/99: UEFA Champions League - group stage
1997/98: UEFA Cup - first round
Key facts
UEFA club competition
• Pld: 165 W: 80 D: 44 L: 41 GF: 260 GA: 159
UEFA Champions League (group stage to final)
• Pld: 97 W: 44 D: 28 L: 25 GF: 136 GA: 94
European Champion Clubs' Cup/UEFA Champions League
• Pld: 111 W: 53 D: 29 L: 29 GF: 167 GA: 105
 
Records
UEFA club competition
• Biggest win
7-0: Arsenal FC v SK Slavia Praha
23.10.2007, UEFA Champions League group stage
0-7: R. Standard de Liège v Arsenal FC
03.11.1993, UEFA Cup Winners' Cup second round second leg
• Biggest home win
7-0: Arsenal FC v SK Slavia Praha
• Biggest away win
0-7: R. Standard de Liège v Arsenal FC
• Heaviest defeat
0-3: Arsenal FC v FC Internazionale Milano
17.09.2003, UEFA Champions League group stage
4-1: FC Spartak Moskva v Arsenal FC
22.11.2000, UEFA Champions League second group stage
3-0: FC Shakhtar Donetsk v Arsenal FC
07.11.2000, UEFA Champions League first group stage
2-5: Arsenal FC v SK Spartak Moskva
29.09.1982, UEFA Cup first round second leg
• Heaviest home defeat
0-3: Arsenal FC v FC Internazionale Milano
2-5: Arsenal FC v SK Spartak Moskva
• Heaviest away defeat
4-1: FC Spartak Moskva v Arsenal FC
3-0: FC Shakhtar Donetsk v Arsenal FC
UEFA Champions League (group stage to final only)
• Biggest win
7-0: Arsenal FC v SK Slavia Praha

• Biggest home win
7-0: Arsenal FC v SK Slavia Praha

• Biggest away win
1-5: FC Internazionale Milano v Arsenal FC
0-4: PSV Eindhoven v Arsenal FC
• Heaviest defeat
4-1: FC Spartak Moskva v Arsenal FC
3-0: FC Shakhtar Donetsk v Arsenal FC
• Heaviest home defeat
0-3: Arsenal FC v FC Internazionale Milano
• Heaviest away defeat
4-1: FC Spartak Moskva v Arsenal FC






Questions:
How has your season been shaping up so far?

Clockwork Orange: Very good. Only 1 match lost in the League, still a title contender & in the CL quarterfinals.

Qs: Amazing really. I don't think many expected us to be where we are now.

James: I think the majority of gooners will agree with me when i say that i'm delighted with how our season has gone so far. In recent weeks our form has dwindled, particularly in the league. We have thrown away 8 points in the last 4 games, and seen our lead at the top of the table vanish. The next coming month is vital to how our season will end up. However, it's a complete contrast to how our season looked at this time last year when we had nothing to play for. We still have a brilliant chance to win two major trophies, and i think some people have forgotten that in recent weeks. We've played some brilliant football this season, and Arsène has built a fantastic side on a minimum budget in contrast to Manchester United, Chelsea and yourselves. The one problem is our lack of depth in certain areas, particularly out wide. His insistence in playing Diaby on the left wing in Rosicky's (prolonged) absence doesn't work, and some will argue that Eboue isn't a midfielder either. Alot of us also see Theo's future position up top, so its an area that needs strengthening. There's no question that our last match in this competition has been our performance of the season, and will rate up their as one of Arsenal's greatest ever European nights (we all know they've been limited. before it's mentioned). Our chances of advancing were questioned after the 0-0 draw with Milan at the Emirates, but it was a fantastic performance at the San Siro.

What were your expectations at the beginning of the season?

Clockwork Orange: I expected Henry leaving would turn out a blessing in disguise, thought we would finish top 3. Didn't expect us to win the League (but thought we had a chance).

Qs: My expectations were for a top 4 finish and to have a decent cup run.

James:I think expectations were mixed. A few fans, along with the media, really expected us to struggle for European qualification with the departure of Thierry. Apparently (like many previous years), this was the season that Tottenham finished above us.

I think our performance and position in the league has surpassed expectations amongst even the most optimistic of us. I think many of us would have liked to have seen the gap closed on the title chasers, but i don't think many imagined we would be serious contenders. The Champions League is a competition i think most would have predicted our chances to win was greater. In fact, i'd backed us at the beginning of the season. The hunger to win it is at its greatest, especially since Paris. It's about time this Arsenal side won the European Cup.

Have they changed from day one?

Clockwork Orange: Yep, we did better than I expected. We should now aim higher: win either the League or CL. Expect us to win or be very close to winning one.

Qs: Obviously our hopes have changed now, I wouldn't quite say I expect a trophy now but I definitely expect a good showing in both competitions.

Who have been your most important players?

Clockwork Orange: Gallas, Flamini, Cesc, Hleb & Ade

Qs: Flamini. Simple as that, yeah Fab, Ade, etc have all been great but Flamini makes the difference, he adds what we used to lack, that bit of graft. Sagnas been key too, his presence has sorted out our defensive problems.

James: It is difficult to pick individual players. The one unique thing about this Wenger side, and like it has been mentioned, that there is a greater emphasis than ever on a team performance. On paper, it could be argued that it is the weakest side we've had under Wenger, yet, they continue to play outstanding football.

Wenger has made one of the buys of the season in Bacary Sagna, and many believe he can go on to be one of our greatest ever right backs. Clichy has also been superb. I believe we have the best two full backs in the Premier League. Adebayor has also improved considerably this season in Henry's absence, and has shown he can become a fantastic striker. Nobody can doubt Fabregas' class either, and his goals from midfield (although they've dried up in recent months) are what this side has crying out for. However, Mathieu Flamini has been a revelation this season. Not many would have guessed that he would've made his way into our starting eleven, when it looked for certain he would leave last summer. For me, he's been our player of the season. Hopefully he shall sign before his contract expires this season.

Who have been your worst?

Clockwork Orange: Song, Diaby & Traore

Qs: IMO Diaby and Almunia. A better keeper and if we'd held onto Diarra and I think we'd have at least another 4 points right now.

James: I think many question whether Abou Diaby can make it at Arsenal. Personally, in August, i thought this was his season to really break into the Arsenal midfield. Flamini snapped up that chance however, and Diaby has played more games out of position on the left wing. Doubts surround Eboue as well, and i dont think many would be too sad to see him leave this summer for a good fee, given his attitude at times. His technique at times though is outstanding.

Any young up and coming players in the squad that we might not know about?

Clockwork Orange: Nacer Barazite

Qs: I think everyones pretty well up on our youngsters these days

James: There are many upcoming English youngsters that look outstanding in the reserves, and are beginning to push into the fringes and our Carling Cup side. Henri Lansbury, Mark Randall and Kieran Gibbs have all recently signed professional contracts and are hotly tipped to make the grade in the upcoming seasons. It's expected that Alexandre Song may appear alot more next season as well, after some very impressive performances at centre back in the Carling Cup, and after also having an outstanding African Cup of Nations for Cameroon.

What sort of line-up do you think will be put out against us?

Clockwork Orange: 4-5-1 / 4-4-1-1

Qs: As strong as possible in all 3 games, Walcott might start one or 2, Eboue too. Hopefully Rosicky will be fit by then but who knows?

James: In these sort of fixtures, Wenger always seems to opt for his 4-5-1 formation. However, with Robin Van Persie returning from injury, its questionable what line up he will go with. I imagine we shall see him feature up top with Adebayor in the home leg. The defence picks itself, although Senderos has been brilliant in recent months. I expect a midfield of Eboue, Fabregas, Flamini and Hleb, give or take any injuries.

Which Liverpool player will you fear the most?

Clockwork Orange: Babel, but only if he comes on as a sub. Don't rate him that high, but he's a very good supersub. Hope Sagna uses his brain & never allows him to cut inside & shoot (because that's the only thing he's really good at)

Qs: Torres, quality player. Hoping our pacey defence can match him though. Great player though, truly brilliant. Wish we'd signed him.

James:I think we would all say Fernando Torres. It doesn't take a football genius to know that he is in fantastic form at the moment, and will take any half a chance. He's the player Liverpool have needed. No one can deny the talent that Gerrard possesses either.

There has been a slip of form lately, worried?

Clockwork Orange: Nope, we had a midweek rest & now we'll be fresh for Chelsea, the 3 matches v Pool & the Mancs. Furthermore Van Persie is back.

Qs: Obviously, we've lost the advantage and United and Chelseas forms excellent. Squueky bum time as a dirty old scot would say.

James: I think the majority of us are more disappointed by the performances of late within the league. Many seem to think the league is now out of the question. It's a matter of fact as to who can win the crunch games, and a consistent run of form in these last 8 games. However, we need to start desperately picking up points, starting this sunday. We shall be hoping that you do us a favour at Old Trafford also. Our form doesn't appear to be a problem when the Champions League comes around, and is probably why many believe it is our priority this season.

Out of the 'big four', if you'd have anyone else win the premier league, who would it be?

Clockwork Orange: Everton.

Qs: Your lot, lesser of 3 evils

James: Liverpool, not through 'wanting' yous to win the league out of the three, but mainly because we couldn't stand to see Chelsea or Manchester United do it.

What would you rather win, Champions League or Premier League?

Clockwork Orange: CL. We'll win League titles for sure with this team. If not now, we'll win them in the future. Want to be the 1st London team to win the CL.

Qs: Tough question, I think the CL is still the holy grail but the Prem would prove more. If we win one I'll be happy whatever it is

James: Arsenal Football Club needs a European Cup amongst its honours. It's the only piece missing, and a fairly major piece. In recent years we've won the Premier League. I think whilst yous would rather win the league, as it's been 18 years now, we're in a similar position with the Champions League.

We would happily take our trophy back though with victories at Stamford Bridge and Old Trafford.

Do you have a particular memory of any previous meeting between our clubs? Say something that happened to you that day or a decision you disagreed with?

Clockwork Orange: Used to be more anti-Pool years ago, because you were about everybody's favourite English club in Holand in the 70s/80s, so I go for Michael Thomas 1989.

Qs: I remember Alonso annoyed me last season, he was very dirty and cynical, went down easy a few times too. It sticks out cause he's a player I like alot. A more positive memory is Henry devestating ye just after we'd lost a few games and been eliminated from the CL. And obviously Anfield 89 but I don't really remember it as am aware of it.

James: I think in recent seasons, our 2-1 win at Anfield with 10 men in the season we went unbeaten away sticks in my memory. Pires skinning Gerrard down the left, and Ljungberg sticking it away at the near post seen myself fall about 5 rows infront of where i was sitting. We've had some fantastic nights at Anfield, amidst some embarrassing scorelines also. The 3-0 win at the Emirates last season was also a highlight in a disappointing season.

Last Question; Care to predict the score?

Clockwork Orange: 2-1 to the Arsenal

Qs:We’ll win in Emirates and draw at Anfield.

James: Given how tight Liverpool usually perform away from home in Europe, particularly when playing away first, i really can't see yous scoring to be honest. Saying that, Torres is on fire at the moment. I do think we'll win the game however, and the second leg at Anfield is sure to be a tense affair.

1-0 to the Arsenal.

So that is the end of the Spyin’ Kop I’ve gotten done. Most of the Arsenal fans were men of few words, bar this James lad whom I added because he was the most in-depth. Had some trouble with the formatting, so if you could point out any problems with it I’ll happily edit. Tried to fix it up as much as possible.
~Snootchie Bootchies

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