Premier League On this Day: Arshavin struts in 8-goal thriller

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Do you remember where you were when Andrei Arshavin scored 13 percent of his Arsenal goals to crush Liverpool’s title hopes?

The Gunners and Reds drew 4-4 at Anfield on this day in 2009, with seven of eight goals coming in a wild second half.

The draw was the only time that Rafa Benitez’s Reds dropped points in their last 11 matches of the 2008/09 season, finishing four points back of a Manchester United side.

Liverpool’s defense had been one of the strongest in the Premier League, but was no match for Arshavin. The Reds allowed 27 goals in league play that season.

Arshavin scored in the 39th minute before Dirk Kuyt set up goals from Fernando Torres and Yossi Benayoun within the first 11 minutes after halftime. He’d strike in the 67th and 70th minutes to restore Arsenal’s lead, the former tally an aesthetically-pleasing rocket inside the far post.

Torres struck again in the 72nd, and it looked destined for a 3-3 finish before Arshavin struck in the 90th minute. Benayoun had other ideas in stoppage time, and the spoils were split.

Arshavin would add a goal in Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat of Liverpool at Anfield the following season, but this day is the one that haunts the Reds.