Premier League drama continues today after a crazy and surprising Tuesday for the fans. Liverpool will look to capitalize on Manchester 2-1 defeat against Newcastle when they face Leicester City at Anfield tonight. Gonzalo Higuain will make his debut in the League when Chelsea plays Bournemouth away from home. Tottenham will welcome Watford at Wembley while Southampton will continue their fight for survival with a home fixture against Crystal Palace. Today, we want to look at six records some clubs and players wish they were deleted.
6. Arsenal 2-1 League Cup defeat to Birmingham
— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) February 27, 2018
2011 was certainly not a good year for Arsenal. It is the same year they lost 8-2 to Manchester United at Old Trafford but earlier that year in February, even a bigger blow had torn the Gunners camp apart.
League Cup final at Wembley Stadium, Arsenal as you would expect were the favorites against relegation-threatened Birmingham City. The underdogs scored first through Zigic but Robin Van Persie levels it.
In the last seconds of the match, when everybody expected extra-time Gunners win, a calamitous mix up between young goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny and defender Laurent Koscielny gave Rubin Kazan loanee Obafemi Martins an opportunity to win his team the first ever trophy since 1963. Am sure you are yet to come across a Gooner who likes this story.
5. Gerrard slip against Chelsea
Steven Gerrard on his slip against Chelsea pic.twitter.com/K23kw9vNTs
— Players Sayings (@PlayersSayings) June 24, 2015
This might not be a record as such but the result of that slip is what will haunt Liverpool as a club and one man in particular in the name of Steven Gerrard for decades.
The match against Chelsea came in 2014 when the Reds were looking like title favorites. Brendan Rogers Suarez inspired side had gone for 11 matches unbeaten and so it was one more win and the title was within reach. Then this happened, at the end of the first half, Gerrard slipped while receiving a pass and Demba Ba took full advantage. He scored for the Blues and the Reds never got back in the game.
Willian scored the second later in the game and the title was gone. Manchester City won their game in hand later and Etihad celebrated their second league crown in five years. Gerrard has won all titles available in club level including the Champions League but the league is a bad miss for him. If the Reds win the League this season, he will be over the moon.
4. Manchester United 6-1 defeat to rivals City
6 years today.
Manchester United 1 – 6 Manchester City. pic.twitter.com/vepWmICEA9
— ManCityPhotos (@ManCityPhotos) October 23, 2017
In 2011, a few months after destroying Arsenal 8-2 at Old Trafford, Manchester United suffered what Sir Alex called his worst ever defeat both as a player and Coach. To make matters worse the 6-1 lose came in the hands of bitter rivals and cross-town side Manchester City.
“It was our worst ever day,” Ferguson said.
“It’s the worst result in my history, ever. Even as a player I don’t think I ever lost 6-1. I can’t believe the scoreline. The first goal was a blow for sure, but it was retrievable at 1-0.
“I’m shattered, I can’t believe it. It was an incredible disappointment, but we will react, no question about that. It’s a perfect result for us to react to because there is a lot of embarrassment in the dressing room — and quite rightly so — and that will make an impact. You have to recover. The history of Manchester United is ‘another day’ and we will recover.” Fergie remarked.