The last time Arsenal hosted Liverpool in the FA Cup they went on to…

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There are a number of similarities between this season so far for Arsenal and the season of 2001/02 in which they went on to win the Premier League and FA Cup double.

The Gunners currently sit in 2nd place in the Premier League just one point behind leaders Chelsea as they head into their FA Cup clash at the Emirates against Liverpool this Sunday.

The last time Arsenal hosted Liverpool in the FA Cup was back on January 27th 2002 at which stage Arsenal were second in the Premier League just one point behind leaders Manchester United.

They had 44 points to the Red Devils’ 45 points but by the time they had played 26 games, as they have now, Arsenal had 51 points which was three points behind United with a game in hand. They were actually sitting in fourth place in the table at this exact point in 2002.

The North Londoners beat Liverpool 1-0 in that game via a goal from Gunners legend Dennis Bergkamp in the 27th minute at Highbury. The referee was Mike Riley – this weekend it will be Howard Webb.

Arsenal went on to win the Premier League title with Liverpool coming runners up and Manchester United coming third and in on May 4th 2002 they won 2-0 against Chelsea in the FA Cup final in Cardiff to clinch their second double under Arsene Wenger.

Martin Keown was sent off in that match at Highbury in the 67th minute for a foul on Michael Owen. Arsenal lost Robert Pires who went off injured after 20 minutes after suffering a challenge from Sami Hyypia. In the 73rd minute Mike Riley issued a double dismissal to both Bergkamp and Liverpool’s Jamie Carragher.

Arsenal’s starting XI was:

Wright, Luzhny, Keown, Campbell, Cole, Pires, Vieira, van Bronckhorst, Wiltord, Bergkamp, Henry

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