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Arsenal   1 - 1   Liverpool

Dirk Kuyt maintains his composure to slot in Liverpool's equaliser
Kuyt kept his cool to slot in for Liverpool from the spot

By Mandeep Sanghera

Arsenal's title hopes were left hanging by a thread after they conceded a late penalty in an extraordinary finish against Liverpool at the Emirates.

The Gunners thought they had earned a vital win when Robin van Persie slotted in a 98th minute penalty after Jay Spearing brought down Cesc Fabregas.

But four minutes later Emmanuel Eboue fouled Lucas Leiva to allow Dirk Kuyt to grab a Reds equaliser from the spot.

The Gunners are now six points behind Manchester United with six games left.

Kuyt converted his penalty in the 102nd minute, with the extended amount of added time being down to an injury to Liverpool centre-back Jamie Carragher during the second half.

And the dramatic equaliser from the Reds is a bodyblow to an Arsenal side who briefly thought they had revived their chances of catching Premier League leaders Manchester United.

Wenger

The latest setback for the Gunners is likely to be too much for them to recover from, and it adds to the recent agonies of being beaten in the Carling Cup final and suffering a Champions League exit at the hands of Barcelona.

The prospect of the Gunners ending a sixth season without any silverware is looming large, with Wenger's strategy of relying on talent groomed through the club rather than bringing in expensive reinforcements from the transfer market set to be called into question once again.

Up until Van Persie's penalty, it was also a game in which the home side had only provided more weight to criticism that they are pretty without being penetrative, as they had been repelled by an under-strength but resilient Liverpool outfit.

There had been a period of silence ahead of the kick-off as the two clubs paid their respects to Arsenal director Danny Fiszman after his death earlier in the week, as well marking the 15 April anniversary of the death of 96 Liverpool fans in the Hillsborough tragedy in 1989.

When play did get under way, Arsenal's need for a win to maintain their title challenge put the emphasis on them to attack, while Liverpool tried to soak up the pressure and catch their rivals on the counter-attack.

Liverpool's tactics were almost ruined as early as the fourth minute when Abou Diaby beat Reds striker Andy Carroll to a Samir Nasri free-kick but glanced his header narrowly wide.

Arsenal striker Robin van Persie celebrates after his penalty against Liverpool
Striker Van Persie's celebrations were shortlived

Carroll's impact was not going to be in defence though, as he had the task of testing how the Gunners back-line would deal with the kind of physical threat the home side have previously struggled against.

And, after Arsenal centre-back Johan Djourou escaped giving away a penalty for a foul on Spearing, Carroll got his head to a number of balls, only to fail to test Gunners keeper Wojciech Szczesny.

His aerial prowess did serve as a warning for the home side, especially considering the England international had already scored at the Emirates this season with a header from a diagonal free-kick when his former club Newcastle won 1-0.

To Arsenal's credit they managed to limit his threat but, despite dominating possession, they failed to find a way through a Liverpool rearguard which had seen 17-year-old Jack Robinson replace the injured Fabio Aurelio after 21 minutes.

Robinson became Liverpool's youngest ever player when he came on against Hull City in the final game of 2009-10 season aged 16 years and 250 days and he joined 18-year-old John Flanagan in the Reds defence.

For all of Arsenal's passing and probing they almost went ahead from set piece, when a Van Persie corner was headed against the crossbar by Laurent Koscielny.

Wenger's side had a shout for a penalty when Theo Walcott was quickest to the loose ball and claimed his follow-up shot struck the arm of Kuyt, although referee Andre Marriner disagreed.

Dalglish pays tribute to Liverpool 'commitment'

Arsenal's intricacy was being repelled by Liverpool's resilience, with Martin Skrtel having to block an angled shot by overlapping Gunners right-back Eboue on the stroke of half-time.

Carragher's head injury after a clash with team-mate Flanagan brought a halt to proceedings before Luis Suarez nearly punished the home side for their lack of cutting edge.

The Uruguayan has earned plenty of plaudits since his arrival in January and, even though he had endured a frustrating time, he sent a strike just wide after the Gunners defence backed off.

Arsenal responded with Van Persie chipping a shot over the on-rushing Reina but too high, then heading wide at the near post and finally having a shot saved when one-on-one with the Reds keeper.

The Dutch forward thought he had atoned for his misses when he confidently slotted in, only for Eboue's mistake at the other end to prove costly.

Eboue clattered into the back of Leiva as both players attempted to retrieve the loose ball after a Suarez free-kick hit the wall.

Kuyt kept his cool in a cauldron of noise to slot in the equaliser with the last kick of the match as the Reds, who have 18 top-flight titles along with Manchester United, ironically helped their rivals to move ahead of them.

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Sunday, 17 April 2011

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Arsenal 1-1 Liverpool FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Van Persie (pen) 90+8
  • Kuyt (pen) 90+12

Arsenal

Substitutes

Liverpool

Substitutes

Ref: MarrinerAtt: 60,029
ARSENAL
LIVERPOOL

Possession

  • Arsenal 57%
  • Liverpool 43%

Attempts on target

  • Arsenal 6
  • Liverpool 5

Attempts off target

  • Arsenal 6
  • Liverpool 4

Corners

  • Arsenal 10
  • Liverpool 3

Fouls

  • Arsenal 13
  • Liverpool 13
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+12:26 The match has reached full-time.
  • 90:00+11:48 Assist on the goal came from Leiva Lucas.
  • 90:00+11:48 GOAL - Dirk KuytArsenal 1 - 1 Liverpool Dirk Kuyt scores a placed penalty. Arsenal 1-1 Liverpool.
  • 90:00+10:49 Emmanuel Eboue concedes a Penalty for a foul on Leiva Lucas.
  • 90:00+9:21 Luis Suarez produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.
  • 90:00+9:21 Booking Emmanuel Eboue booked.
  • 90:00+9:14 Booking Leiva Lucas receives a caution for dissent.
  • 90:00+8:00 Dirk Kuyt takes a shot. Save by Wojciech Szczesny.
  • 90:00+7:36 Free kick awarded for a foul by Alex Song on Leiva Lucas.
  • 90:00+7:36 Booking Robin van Persie is booked.
  • 90:00+7:10 Assist by Francesc Fabregas.
  • 90:00+7:10 GOAL - Robin van PersieArsenal 1 - 0 Liverpool Robin van Persie scores a placed penalty. Arsenal 1-0 Liverpool.
  • 90:00+6:05 Jay Spearing gives away a Penalty for an unfair challenge on Francesc Fabregas.
  • 90:00+5:29 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jonjo Shelvey on Alex Song. Wojciech Szczesny restarts play with the free kick.
  • 90:00+4:08 Corner taken by Robin van Persie from the right by-line, Jose Reina makes a save.
  • 90:00+3:07 Jonjo Shelvey gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alex Song. Free kick taken by Alex Song.
  • 89:47 Corner from the right by-line taken by Robin van Persie, Alex Song produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the crossbar.
  • 86:48 Luis Suarez produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand post.
  • 85:56 Gael Clichy concedes a free kick for a foul on Luis Suarez. Free kick taken by John Flanagan.
  • 85:10 Nicklas Bendtner takes a shot. Save by Jose Reina.
  • 84:52 Robin van Persie takes a shot. Save by Jose Reina.
  • 83:37 Alex Song gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Raul Meireles. Direct free kick taken by Jose Reina.
  • 82:49 Robin van Persie takes a shot. Save made by Jose Reina.
  • 80:06 Substitution (Arsenal) makes a substitution, with Alex Song coming on for Vassiriki Diaby.
  • 76:30 Francesc Fabregas takes the inswinging corner, Raul Meireles makes a clearance.
  • 75:51 Luis Suarez takes a shot. Wojciech Szczesny makes a save.
  • 75:16 Wojciech Szczesny takes the direct free kick.
  • 75:16 Booking The referee books Jonjo Shelvey for unsporting behaviour.
  • 75:09 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jonjo Shelvey on Laurent Koscielny.
  • 72:20 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Samir Nasri from the left by-line, Header from close in by Robin van Persie misses to the left of the goal.
  • 71:47 Substitution Andrey Arshavin replaces Theo Walcott.
  • 71:47 Substitution Nicklas Bendtner joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jack Wilshere.
  • 71:28 Robin van Persie takes a shot. Martin Skrtel gets a block in.
  • 69:53 Substitution Jonjo Shelvey is brought on as a substitute for Andrew Carroll.
  • 67:22 Martin Skrtel challenges Robin van Persie unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Robin van Persie, clearance by Dirk Kuyt.
  • 67:06 Luis Suarez takes a shot. Wojciech Szczesny makes a save.
  • 66:05 Corner from the left by-line taken by Samir Nasri, save made by Jose Reina.
  • 61:36 Substitution Sotirios Kyrgiakos replaces Jamie Carragher.
  • 55:07 Effort from a long way out by Raul Meireles goes wide right of the goal.
  • 53:51 Inswinging corner taken by Raul Meireles, Francesc Fabregas makes a clearance.
  • 52:43 Foul by Robin van Persie on Leiva Lucas, free kick awarded. Jose Reina takes the free kick.
  • 48:56 Luis Suarez produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the goal.
  • 45:23 Jay Spearing fouled by Vassiriki Diaby, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Martin Skrtel.
  • 45:01 The referee starts the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:06 The referee blows for half time.
  • 45:00+0:29 Emmanuel Eboue takes a shot. Blocked by Martin Skrtel.
  • 44:05 Free kick awarded for a foul by Laurent Koscielny on Luis Suarez. Raul Meireles crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, save by Wojciech Szczesny.
  • 43:05 Corner taken left-footed by Robin van Persie to the near post, clearance by Jack Robinson.
  • 39:45 Corner taken by Robin van Persie from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Jack Robinson.
  • 35:07 Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Theo Walcott goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 33:07 Robin van Persie delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right by-line.
  • 33:07 Booking Martin Skrtel booked.
  • 32:42 Martin Skrtel gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Emmanuel Eboue.
  • 31:58 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jack Wilshere on Dirk Kuyt. Leiva Lucas takes the direct free kick.
  • 31:09 Inswinging corner taken by Robin van Persie, save by Jose Reina.
  • 29:24 Direct free kick taken by Francesc Fabregas.
  • 29:24 Booking John Flanagan receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
  • 29:16 Unfair challenge on Samir Nasri by John Flanagan results in a free kick.
  • 28:05 Francesc Fabregas has shot on goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 27:28 Andrew Carroll is ruled offside. Wojciech Szczesny restarts play with the free kick.
  • 25:59 Johan Djourou gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luis Suarez. Jamie Carragher takes the direct free kick.
  • 24:52 Robin van Persie is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Jose Reina.
  • 24:36 Unfair challenge on Laurent Koscielny by Andrew Carroll results in a free kick. Gael Clichy restarts play with the free kick.
  • 20:54 Substitution Fabio Aurelio goes off and Jack Robinson comes on.
  • 18:32 Foul by Robin van Persie on Jay Spearing, free kick awarded. Jose Reina restarts play with the free kick.
  • 16:57 Fabio Aurelio gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Emmanuel Eboue. Robin van Persie delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, clearance by Dirk Kuyt.
  • 16:44 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Laurent Koscielny by Raul Meireles. Free kick taken by Jack Wilshere.
  • Correction - 15:27 Robin van Persie takes the inswinging corner, Laurent Koscielny takes a shot.
  • 15:27 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Robin van Persie, Laurent Koscielny takes a shot.
  • 13:16 Free kick awarded for a foul by Andrew Carroll on Laurent Koscielny. Wojciech Szczesny takes the direct free kick.
  • 12:14 Inswinging corner taken by Robin van Persie from the right by-line played to the near post, Fabio Aurelio manages to make a clearance.
  • 12:03 Theo Walcott takes a shot. Save by Jose Reina.
  • 11:08 Foul by Fabio Aurelio on Theo Walcott, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Robin van Persie, clearance made by Jamie Carragher.
  • 10:06 Inswinging corner taken by Raul Meireles from the left by-line.
  • 8:13 Outswinging corner taken by Raul Meireles from the right by-line played to the near post, Header from deep inside the area by Andrew Carroll goes over the bar.
  • 5:31 Unfair challenge on Andrew Carroll by Johan Djourou results in a free kick. Strike on goal comes in from Luis Suarez from the free kick, comfortable save by Wojciech Szczesny.
  • 5:15 Johan Djourou concedes a free kick for a foul on Luis Suarez. Leiva Lucas takes the direct free kick.
  • 4:11 Gael Clichy challenges Leiva Lucas unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Leiva Lucas.
  • 3:20 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Samir Nasri by Luis Suarez. Samir Nasri sends in a cross, Header by Vassiriki Diaby from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
  • 0:00 The match has kicked off.

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17 Apr 2011 23:59 UK


Barclays Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 17 Apr 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man Utd 32 38 69
2 Arsenal 32 32 63
3 Chelsea 32 32 61
4 Man City 32 20 56
5 Tottenham 31 8 53
6 Liverpool 33 7 49
7 Everton 33 6 47
8 Bolton 32 3 43
9 Aston Villa 33 -12 40
10 Newcastle 32 1 39
11 West Brom 33 -15 39
12 Fulham 32 1 38
13 Stoke 32 -3 38
14 Birmingham 32 -10 38
15 Sunderland 33 -12 38
16 Blackburn 33 -14 35
17 Wigan 33 -21 34
18 Blackpool 33 -22 33
19 West Ham 33 -19 32
20 Wolves 32 -20 32

see also
Wenger bemoans added-time penalty
17 Apr 11 |  Premier League
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