This Russian assassin single handedly shocked Liverpool at Anfield on April 29, 2009. Only a Gunner from 2009 to 2013, with a full loan in 2012 to his home club of Zenit Saint Petersburg, Andrey Arshavin netted 31 goals in 144 appearances for Arsenal, including the brightest moment of his career – Arshavin vs. Liverpool.
The final score line:
Arshavin – 4
Liverpool – 4
Arshavin proved to be a dynamic striker during his tenure in north London, always finding himself in the perfect position – despite his lack in stature. Arshavin’s first goal came off a Cesc Fabregas assist, while his second came off an Arbeloa shocker. His third goal came off a poor clearance that failed to leave the box, falling right to the Russian sitting 12 yards out from net. The Arshavin finale came during his fourth goal came in the 90th minute, deriving from a speedy counter attack led by Theo Walcott. With his “weak” foot, Andrey blisters the ball past the Liverpool keeper, capping off the perfect night to the Russian’s inaugural season in the Premier League. Arsenal recorded four shots on target that game, resulting in four goals – All Andrey Arshavin. One of the best individual efforts by a Gunner in the modern era, and who would have guessed it would be Andrey Arshavin?
Since his permanent return to Zenit Saint Petersburg in 2013, the 33-year-old has only bagged a handful of goals. Andrey showed us that, much like Santi Cazorla, the size of the dog in the fight doesn’t beat the size of the fight in the dog. With the Liverpool clash drawing near, let’s hope another Arshavin-like performance is in store for one of our Gunners.