Both clubs have celebrated glories in their modern history but they have also stumbled across embarrassing times…
Arsenal's pursuit of Liverpool forward Luis Suarez has won them no respect on Merseyside as Reds gaffer Brendan Rodgers explained earlier today that he always presumed the Gunners were a 'side with class' and that he was 'surprised' by their extraordinary £40m+£1 bid for the polarising Uruguayan.
With that in mind, HITC scout three of the least classy and most embarrassing moments in both clubs' histories and invite readers to comment on which is the worst…
1: What a load of shirt!
In the aftermath of the notorious slur scandal, where Luis Suarez was alleged to have hurled an offensive term toward Patrice Evra, the whole country aside from those within Anfield appeared to have agreed in unison that an official Liverpool reaction was required. What nobody perhaps expected, was that the reaction the club offered was a defiant one. Where they stood by Suarez to such an extend they made unique shirts to mark the occasion.
2: Snoogy Doogy's 15 seconds of fame
Famed for hip-hop classics like Snoogy's Upside Ya Head and Doogy Doog (What's My Name?), no… wait, nobody knows who Snoogy Doogy is. Aside from George Gillett, that is, who muttered the terrific malapropism in 2007 when he said he'd give his financial backing to Rafael Benitez (If Rafa said he wanted to buy Snoogy Doogy we would back him!) In return, Rafa La Bamba lent him his classic rap vinyl collection. The next summer, Gillett promised Benitez he'd give him enough funds for M&Ms.
3: We're sorry, we're sorry, we're sorry!
Liverpool sent a formal letter of apology to Fulham for admittedly tapping-up Clint Dempsey. The Cottagers reported the Reds to the Premier League over their conduct. Rodgers did enquire about Dempsey, yet never made his admiration for the player official which, Fulham boss Martin Jol claims, unsettled the American.
1: William Gallas' tantrum
The sight of the Arsenal captain sulking and effectively turning his back on his team to stage his own dramatic centre-circle sit-in while the rest of the red-and-whites sought to defend a penalty is a stark contrast to the never-say-die spirit that embodied previous Arsenal arm-band wearers like Tony Adams and Patrick Vieira. Awkward to watch.
Arsenal and Manchester United engaged in many classic Premier League encounters in the ten-year period from 1996 to 2005, but the one which perhaps stands out arrived in 2004, when the 'Battle of the Buffet' saw then-United manager Sir Alex Ferguson covered in soup and pizza: 'This slice of pizza came flying over my head and hit Fergie straight in the mush.' said eloquent Ashley Cole in his book My Defence.
3: Adebayor vs Bendtner, round one… fight!
Getting scrappy with your opponent, sure, it happens on occasion when adrenaline is running high and competition is fierce, but fighting your own team-mate… at a live game… in front of a huge TV audience? Not so much. The two Arsenal strikers, Emmanuel Adebayor and Nicklas Bendtner, got involved in a shoving match all because the young Dane broke house rules by wearing his own shoes/trainers in the dressing room, repeatedly, apparently.
What do you think is worse? Tell us in the comment section below!