Arsenal’s big win over Liverpool seems like even longer ago.
Tomorrow marks four years to the day of Arsenal’s 4-1 victory over Liverpool at The Emirates.
It was a sign Brendan Rodgers had taken the Reds as far as he could and his time was running out.
This was a Liverpool side lacking the quality, fitness, and finesse of today.
In 2020 Liverpool are closing in on the title, with Arsenal ninth, an incredible 42 points separating the two teams.
Back in 2016 it was different. After Arsenal’s 4-1 win on April 4 of that that, the Gunners were nine points ahead of Liverpool, although still sat second, seven behind Antonio Conte’s Chelsea.
The damage was done in the first half, with Arsenal soaring into a 3-0 lead by half-time thanks to a sensational 10 minute spell.
Hector Bellerin opened the scoring after 37 minutes, before Mesut Ozil scored a free-kick, and Alexis Sanchez added another.
This may have been one of the moments where this Arsenal side peaked under Arsene Wenger, before their slow and gradual decline.
Liverpool pulled a goal back in the second half through Jordan Henderson, before Olivier Giroud rounded off the win in injury time to make it 4-1.
Emre Can did not help Liverpool’s cause either with a red card.
Who still remains?
Arsenal have only two starters from this performance still at the club, Hector Bellerin and Mesut Ozil.
David Ospina, Nacho Monreal, Laurent Koscielny, Per Mertesacker, Santi Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey, Francis Coquelin, Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud have all been moved on, along with manager Arsene Wenger.
Liverpool meanwhile have also undergone major surgery on the team which lost. Only Jordan Henderson remains.
Simon Mignolet, Emre Can, Kolo Toure, Mamadou Sakho, Alberto Moreno, Lucas Leiva, Lazar Markovic, Philippe Coutinho and Raheem Sterling are no longer at the club.
Importantly, Brendan Rodgers has been replaced by Jurgen Klopp. The German has mastermined Liverpool’s route back to the top, and looking back at this game shows just how much work he had to do.