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Tuesday 28 January 2014

On this day in 2009: Van Persie stunner snatches point for Arsenal

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall a brilliant goal by Robin van Persie for the Gunners

We remember Arsenal signing Jose Antonio Reyes, Aston Villa putting five past Middlesbrough and Robin van Persie's late leveller at Goodison Park rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

28 January 2009 - Everton 1-1 Arsenal

Robin van Persie scored a superb injury-time volley to rescue a point for Arsenal at Goodison Park.

Van Persie collected a pass from Abu Diaby on his chest and hammered an unstoppable left-foot shot past Tim Howard for his ninth Barclays Premier League goal of the season.

The point kept Arsenal in fifth place in the table - five points and one spot ahead of Everton.

“When you are 1-0 down with a minute to go and you get a point you are relieved," said Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. "It was a match where two teams gave everything and we showed quality and character. We showed fighting spirit, passion and intensity and Robin scored an exceptional goal."

The Toffees had enjoyed the better of the match and had taken the lead through Tim Cahill in the 61st minute. The midfielder powered a header into the net in the 61st minute, after a cross from Leighton Baines, for his sixth Barclays Premier League goal of the season and 100th of his career in all competitions.

There had been few clear chances for either side before Cahill opened the scoring and the Australian could have doubled the lead in the 82nd minute - but his fierce shot rebounded clear off the chest of Arsenal goalkeeper Manuel Almunia.

"We feel bad because the players were terrific," said Everton manager David Moyes. "We deserved the victory and to have it taken away right at the end is very disappointing. Tim Cahill is doing a magic job for us - he has got a goalscoring record like a centre-forward."

Arsenal comfortably ended the season in fourth place - finishing nine points above fifth-placed Everton.

  • Robin van Persie's stunning strike was enough to secure a draw late on for the Gunners

  • Emmanuel Adebayor congratulates the Dutchman after his brilliant goal

  • Earlier, Tim Cahill had given the hosts the lead at Goodison Park

  • Everton manager David Moyes praised Cahill, saying he "is doing a magic job for us"

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Key Points

  • looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember when a Robin van Persie stunner earned Arsenal a 1-1 draw against Everton