Liverpool v Arsenal Preview and Line-up: Martinelli to do a Baptista, Saka an Aliadiere!

Liverpool v Arsenal Carabao Cup – October 30th, 2019

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Let’s start off with our League Cup record against Liverpool at Anfield.

Arsenal v Liverpool – League Cup Away Games
07-Feb-78     1 1 2
08-Dec-81     1 0 3
02-Nov-88   1   1 1
11-Jan-95     1 0 1
27-Nov-96     1 2 4
09-Jan-07 1     6 3
Total: 1 1 4 10 14

Our visits to Anfield are seldom satisfying events but on a rare day in 2007 something very special happened.

Liverpool 3-6 Arsenal

Julio Baptista scored four as Arsenal routed Liverpool to seal a Carling Cup semi-final clash with bitter rivals Tottenham.

Jeremie Aliadiere ran on to Kolo Toure’s pass to score the first, before Robbie Fowler flicked in to level. But a Baptista free-kick and tap-in either side of Alex Song Billong’s smart finish made it 4-1 at half-time. Two more from Baptista, the first from 20 yards, sealed it after he had missed a penalty, though Steven Gerrard and Sami Hyypia notched late consolations.

It was the first time in nearly 77 years that Liverpool had conceded six goals at home and followed a remarkable contest, one that few would have predicted even despite the fact that, against expectations, Rafael Benitez opted to field a weakened starting XI.

Despite the Reds’ weekend FA Cup exit, only Gerrard and Jerzy Dudek survived from the team that lost 3-1 to Arsenal on Saturday, and the selection proved key to the hosts’ downfall, with Lee Peltier and Gabriel Paletta in particular exposed in defence.

The hosts’ cause was not helped by the fourth-minute withdrawal of winger Mark Gonzalez, who sustained a serious shin injury in an innocuous challenge on Theo Walcott.

And, despite the early threat of Craig Bellamy, the writing was on the wall from the moment Aliadiere tapped home the opener, finishing at the second attempt after showing fine skill to pull down Toure’s long pass.

Liverpool were level minutes later, Fowler clipping home his 31st League Cup goal behind his legs from Luis Garcia’s cross-shot, but Arsenal’s youthful pace and endeavour continued to cause the Reds all sorts of problems and the outcome was beyond doubt before half time.

Firstly, Baptista curled home a free-kick from 25 yards for only his second Arsenal goal, and then in injury time the Londoners scored two in quick succession to stun the hosts.

Song Billong made it 3-1 from close range after benefiting from a ricochet off Hyypia and then Aliadiere was controversially ruled onside before pulling back to Baptista, who slid into an empty net to cap a remarkable end to the half.

A resolute start to the second half from the hosts lasted just 10 minutes as Arsenal continued their rampant display, and the Gunners could even afford Dudek’s penalty save from Baptista after Hyypia had clearly hauled down Aliadiere. No sooner had the Anfield crowd found their voice again, than Aliadiere cut back to Baptista from the left and the Brazilian drilled into the corner from 20 yards to complete his hat-trick.

Gerrard interrupted Arsenal’s goal-fest with a stunning volley from 20 yards from Paletta’s knock-back, but a disastrous evening for the hosts got even worse on 70 minutes when Garcia became the second player to be stretchered off with a serious-looking injury.

Still the goals continued to roll in though, Hyypia further reducing the deficit with a near-post header before Liverpool’s mini-revival was halted by Baptista’s tap-in from another cross from the impressive Aliadiere. There was still time for Hyypia to have an effort correctly ruled out for offside and Manuel Almunia to deny Jamie Carragher’s drive from range as an extraordinary encounter continued into the latter stages.

But, despite the choruses of “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from the home fans, it was the visiting support that were cheering at the end as Arsenal sealed their first League Cup win at Anfield in stunning fashion.

Arsenal: Almunia, Hoyte, Toure, Djourou, Traore (Connolly 88), Walcott (Diaby 74), Fabregas, Song Billong, Denilson, Julio Baptista, Aliadiere.

Subs Not Used: Poom, Lansbury, Randall.

Now my question is – can lightning strike twice for Arsenal at Anfield?


TotalArsenal’s Preferred Line-up:

Only joking – these Emery ‘rejects’ would have given Pool a more than decent game, but hey, except for Ozil, Mustafi and Cech, they are all donning another shirt now.

This would be my preferred League Cup line-up for tonight:




19 thoughts on “Liverpool v Arsenal Preview and Line-up: Martinelli to do a Baptista, Saka an Aliadiere!

  • Great stuff, GN5, and yes that was a bizarre and great game. I remember being stuck in a hotel in east-London and listening to the radio in my room. Totally mad and what a shame Baptista and Aliadiere never made it to the top after those phenomenal performances. It just shows how vulnerable player careers are.

    These almost meaningless Caravan Cup games bring great relief to us, win or lose. We get to see the young talents and they play with freedom and desire; how different from the nerve-wrecking PL encounters they are! I guess Emerytaler will keep some firepower on the bench if needed and no doubt he will bring on the curly dribbler at the start of the second half as punishment for an underperformance of one of the youngsters. COYGs!

  • This comment by RockyLives on a blog I don’t frequent anymore I had copy in here. It is worded so well and I could not agree more!

    “Xhaka has my greatest sympathy. He has become a lightning rod for the fans by being repeatedly played in a position that doesn’t suit him in a system that doesn’t work. Social media and blogs are full of abuse directed at him, even though he always goes out and gives his best. Maybe he’s not a good enough player for Arsenal, but he can’t help that. I know people are slaughtering him for his reaction. I think: “Good on him.” He’s had to put up with so much abuse for so long I enjoyed seeing him give some back. It show’s he’s a man with pride and passion.
    Following on from the above: no Arsenal fan should ever boo an Arsenal player. If you were at the ground and booed Xhaka, you’re a disgrace to our club.
    The biggest point of all: the gig is now up with Emery. He has been exposed as a weak and ineffective manager, not suited to Arsenal or the Premier League. He’s turning into our Christian Gross. He has lost the fans, lost the dressing room and lost the plot. Nothing will improve until he’s shown the door.

  • Another fine post GN5.

    Of the team that beat L’pool 6-3 how many would get into the current side? Certainly one, Fabregas, perhaps Toure and Song but other than them?

    Which leads me to the final paragraph of Rocky’s comment above. Emery: he has the squad but what is missing is the tactics and coaching. It takes courage to fall on one’s sword – many have done so admitting they could not take their club in the right direction, this requires both courage and rigourous personal awareness. Let’s see what happens.

  • It’s certainly good to watch that video and see how we used to play REAL football.

  • The next two league games Wolves (h) and Leicester (a) are going to be critical in our season and for Emery’s future. He has lost the plot and needs to reinvent himself in order to get the most out a of a squad of very talented footballers. The restraints he puts on them must be released, it’s a crying shame when the enormous ability our players is held back by Emeryball.

  • thanks for the fond memories, GN5
    jérémie aliadière enjoyed a second youth at the end of his career, when lorient signed him, so that he could play wengerball again, in an attacking team coached by one of the very best french mamagers, christian gourcuff, whose principles are very close to arsène’s (they’re buddies, actually),.
    at some point, the lad was even on the verge of being picked in the french national team. what a brilliant, elegant player he was!! no doubt loonay would have bullied him for not defending hard enough…
    as for tomorrow night, i’d pick a more mature team – what a boost it would be for our ailing boys to win at anfield, even against liverpool’s “b” side …
    here we go (3-4-1-2) – 6 changes from sunday’s XI
    as for what the actual selection will be, i’m not even trying to figure out what you-know-who will pick anymore

  • LeG, forgot about Bels, yes I would play him tomorrow instead of Chambers. Other than that, I would not change it and definitely play Martinelli and Saka (and rest Auba/ start on the bench). But your line-up would be fun to watch.

  • Good point, Erik. We don’t really know what sort of person Emery is, as he is so hard to understand and he doesn’t seem to give much away. So we have to judge him on what he does tactically and with regards to player development and that’s not looking good. He needs a miracle to turn this round.

  • I used to be the last man standing. Not anymore. Am still down in the dumps. Doing my best to hang on till Wk 19. From the look of things I doubt that I would make it that far.

    N5, nice preview. I hear Ozil is back in the fold so I expect him to give us some 70 minutes partly for regaining match fitness. We’d probably see:

    Bels. Must. Holdn. Kola.
    —–Torreira. Willock.
    —Saka. Ozil. Martin.

  • Give it up for GN5! With 5 out of 6 correct predictions he is the sole winner of last weekend’s prediction game, winning him 10 fat points. Super ⭐ 😀

  • Appreciate the lead-in GN5– thanks! Always interesting.
    Looking to forward today. To being entertained by The Kidz.

    Am resigned to accepting what’s wrong at the club.
    Hoping that the displays on Sunday were clear signals to the club hierarchy something is fundamentally amiss at the team level.

    As a designer? There comes a point in a work where you know the concept isn’t what you’d wanted. What your audience is expecting. Painful as it seems. Despite the time invested. A clean slate is required. Once you’ve reached that conclusion? You don’t hesitate. Or think the effort can be ‘saved’, or repurposed. Do what the situation calls for.

    Take action Arsenal.


  • Speaking of Liverpool, they have been undefeated for 27 games in a row in the league and there is a chance that 1) we might have to give them the guard of honour come May or witness them winning the league on our ground (36th league game) and/or 2) defend The Invincibles uniqueness against a team that, if they stay undefeated by the time they visit Emirates, would break the 49-game record by that time (it would be 53rd game for Liverpool).

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