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Wednesday 17 April 2013

On this day: Points shared in injury time thriller

In our series looking at Premier League history, Dirk Kuyt leaves it late to claim dramatic draw

  • Liverpool's Jack Robinson challenges Arsenal winger Andrey Arshavin

  • The added time came about because of lengthy treatment to Jamie Carragher

  • Robin van Persie thought he had won the match for Arsenal

  • But a calm Dirk Kuyt grabbed the equaliser with the last kick of the match rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

On this day: 17 April 2011 Arsenal 1-1 Liverpool

There have been many examples of late drama in Barclays Premier League history and none more so than this memorable contest at the Emirates Stadium.

The decisive action took place in the incredible 12 minutes of injury time, after Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher had received lengthy treatment for a head injury in the second half, and the dramatic draw left Arsenal playing catch-up in the race for the League title.

The home side thought they had secured three precious points when striker Robin van Persie converted a penalty following a Jay Spearing foul on Cesc Fabregas with 98 minutes on the clock.

But that was not the end of the story as another four minutes were added to the end of the match.

It gave enough time for Emmanuel Eboue to fell Lucas Leiva in the penalty area and with the last kick of the match, a nerveless Dirk Kuyt stepped up on 102 minutes to fire home the equaliser.

The result left Arsenal six points behind leaders Manchester United with six matches remaining and their title challenge fell away after the draw at the Emirates Stadium as they won only once more that campaign, ironically enough against United.

Liverpool, meanwhile, ended up in sixth, four points behind fifth-placed Tottenham Hotspur.

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Key Points

  • looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A piece of action from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember a late finish at the Emirates Stadium that provided a dramatic finale