Sunday April 17, 2011 Day 33 Finished Emirates Stadium

Arsenal 1 - 1 Liverpool

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    Time:90'
    • Arsenal
    • Liverpool
    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match, along with every Premier League game, from 00:01 on Monday morning (UK only).
    • 90' Incredible finish. Simply incredible! There is an angry exchange between Wenger and Dalgish - what an absolutely mad climax!
    • 90+12 GOOOAALLL!!! KUYT PLACES IT INTO THE RIGHT CORNER AND LIVERPOOL ARE LEVEL!! AND THERE IS THE FINAL WHISTLE!!
    • 90+11 PENALTY LIVERPOOL!!! Suarez's free-kick is blocked and Eboue shoves Lucas over!! IT'S A PENALTY!!
    • 90+10 Suarez stands over the free-kick, and this will surely be the last kick of the game...
    • 90+10 Lucas and Eboue are both booked for chatting back to the ref...
    • 90+9' FREE-KICK RIGHT ON THE EDGE OF THE ARSENAL BOX!! Song on Lucas!
    • 90+9' There is a shot direct from the kick-off, I did not see by whom...
    • 90+8' GOAL!! VAN PERSIE ROLLS IT INTO THE LEFT CORNER AS REINA DIVES THE WRONG WAY! Van Persie takes his shirt off and is duly booked but Arsenal do not care!
    • 90+7' PENALTY ARSENAL!!! Spearing brings down Fabregas and referee Marriner points to the spot! It's cruel, but it's a good decision...
    • 90+6' The crowd roar the home side forward - or at least those that are not heading for the exits do.
    • 90+4' Arshavin flashes the ball across the face of goal, but there is nobody there to turn it in! Desperation stuff for Arsenal.
    • 90+3' Van Persie goes down in the box under the attentions of Kyrgiakos, but the penalty shouts are waved away.
    • 90+2' Bendtner tries to cross, it is blocked and Liverpool even get the goal kick as the ball goes out off the Dane. Reina taking his time, much to the annoyance of the crowd.
    • 90+1' Eboue wins a corner for Arsenal - EIGHT MINUTES of added time. Song meets the corner with a downward header that bounces up and over the bar!
    • 90' Fabregas hits a left-foot shot that he cannot navigate through a sea of Liverpool legs in the box.
    • 89' Liverpool look extremely tired, almost like a team playing with 10 men - there will be a lot of stoppage time too, remember...
    • 88' Kuyt finds Suarez inside the box in acres of space! He takes on the shot from a tight angle and thrashes it into the crowd!
    • 87' Kroenke looks on, unruffled. Buyer's remorse, anyone?
    • 86' Bendtner follows up with a shot from the right, but this presents Reina with an easier stop.
    • 85' Brilliant football from Arsenal as Fabregas flicks it through for Van Persie who is clean through... SAVED BY REINA!! The keeper makes himself big and preserves his clean sheet!
    • 83' Clichy sends in an early diagonal cross from the left, Van Persie glances his header and Reina saves - but at least it was a shot on target.
    • 83' Fabregas tries to find Van Persie, who falls over melodramatically but does not win a free-kick.
    • 81' The air of anxiety is certainly not helping the Arsenal players...
    • 80' Arsenal: Alex Song replaces Diaby. That's their final change, hard luck Chamakh...
    • 79' Eboue crosses for bendtner, who is the only striker in there... it is over the Dane and Liverpool clear.
    • 78' The crowd are getting really nervous. The prosect of a third straight goalless draw here is almost too much to bear.
    • 77' Suarez lets fly from the edge of the box, and Szczesny makes a sharp save! Sloppy defending from Arsenal.
    • 76' Silly tackle by Shelvey, who slides through the back of Koscielny as the Frenchman sees the ball out, and that's a booking.
    • 74' Nasri's corner finds Van Persie at the near post but he glances his header into the side netting!
    • 73' Arsenal double change: Arshavin and Bendtner replace Walcott and Wilshere.
    • 73' Fabregas plays an early ball through for Van Persie, who attempts to lift it over Reina but Skrtel is there and it is put out for a corner.
    • 72' Discretion is the better part of valour for Liverpool, who remove the hobbling Carroll and bring on Jonjo Shelvey.
    • 71' Jamie Carragher is conscious and sitting up in the dressing room - good news.
    • 70' Diaby strides majestically through the middle, but Spearing chases back brilliantly to dispossess the Frenchman.
    • 69' Arsenal free-kick 35 yards out - Van Persie delivers into the box but it's hopeless and Liverpool clear with ease.
    • 68' Speculative shot from Suarez, Szczesny is equal to it. Not much venom behind that one.
    • 67' Nasri swings in a corner and Reina punches clear. Still with Arsenal, and Van Persie sees it out assuming he will get another corner but a goal kick is awarded!
    • 66' It takes a lot for Arsenal fans to call for route one stuff, but there are loud murmurings of discontent as the Gunners continue to overelaborate.
    • 65' Arsenal do have options on the bench - most notably Andrei Arshavin, Marouane Chamakh and Nicklas Bendtner.
    • 64' Nasri finds Walcott out on the right, but his low pass into the centre has nobody there to meet it. Wilkins makes a fair point - you cannot imagine Javier Hernandez being anywhere but the six-yard box in that situation.
    • 63' Carragher is carried off on a stretcher, Sotiris Kyrgiakos comes on, and play resumes. A super ovation for Carragher.
    • 61' Carragher has been given oxygen and a neck brace - he is blinking which is a good sign, and these precautions are usually taken as a matter of course. The game has been stopped for over five minutes now.
    • 59' The Liverpool physio is having another look at Andy Carroll's knee, with the game stopped for this extended period.
    • 58' There are a number of medics out there. Carragher has been rolled onto his back, and necessary efforts are being made to clear his airways. There's no sign of any panic so let's hope all is well with the Liverpool captain. Sotiris Kyrgiakos is warming up - at the very least, it would seem that Carragher's afternoon is over.
    • 57' Carragher is down and the players hurriedly call out the medical team. He had a clash of heads with his own man Flanagan and he could be out cold...
    • 56' Meireles goes for goal from long range, but cuts across the shot and sends the ball fading well wide.
    • 56' Hee hee, Ray Wilkins said 'stay on your feet'! Or at least 'stay on his feet'...
    • 55' Suarez wins a corner on the Liverpool left, but Eboue is on the deck now... players going down all over.
    • 54' Andy Carroll trots back on, and fingers crossed that means he is OK.
    • 53' Carroll is able to limp off under his own steam, but Liverpool will want to be careful with their big number nine.
    • 52' Carroll continues to get treatment as David N'Gog warms up... not much sympathy from the home fans.
    • 51' Carroll goes down after apparently hyperextending his knee. Let's hope it's nothing serious. You always fear the worst with knee injuries.
    • 50' Suarez brings it through the middle and Arsenal back off him... he keeps running, shifts the ball to his left foot and curls a shot just wide!
    • 49' No sign of Arsenal ending their five-hour home goal drought. There is some lovely interplay between Fabregas, Van Persie and Wilshere, but they overelaborate and the Englishman never has a chance to get his shot away.
    • 48' Robinson makes another good tackle in the left-back position to nick the ball off Wilshere.
    • 47' Suarez throws himself to the turf just outside the Arsenal box... Andre Marriner is not impressed by that.
    • 46' Second half under way - no further changes from either manager.
    • 45' That's half-time, and Arsenal have once again failed to find the net at the Emirates. More in a few minutes...
    • 45+2' Into the second of two minutes of time added on... Suarez leaves his foot in no Szczesny as the keeper gets rid of it. To his credit, the Pole does not make a meal of it.
    • 45+1' Arsenal break from the free-kick and Walcott wins a throw off Robinson... it comes back inside to Eboue who hits a shot from the angle and it takes a good block by Skrtel to take the sting off it!
    • 45' Koscielny upends Suarez, it's a clumsy challenge that gives Liverpool a chance to attack the box from the right...
    • 44' Walcott wins a corner on the Arsenal right... Van Persie to deliver again, and headed clear.
    • 43' Carroll flicks on from a long Reina clearance but it goes all the way through to Szczesny.
    • 41' Poor corner from Arsenal and Suarez comes away on the break but he is completely alone... he loses possession.
    • 41' Walcott runs at Robinson, and Lucas comes across to help... it's a corner to Arsenal though.
    • 40' Liverpool finally relieve the pressure butSuarez sends a pass to the right astray.
    • 39' Real pressure from Arsenal now as Eboue crosses from the right and it just hits Fabregas and rebounds to Reina.
    • 37' Reina thinks he has shepherded the ball out for a goal kick but Van Persie NEARLY keeps it in, and that would have been a massive, massive embarrassment for the Liverpool keeper.
    • 36' Arsenal are beginning to ratchet up the pressure a little. They are dominating possession and starting to play some telling passes.
    • 35' A ball ricochets into Wilshere's path and Arsenal are off... some slick passing loses its impetus and eventually Walcott slices a wild shot well wide.
    • 34' Van Persie scoops the free-kick ito the box, and over the bar. What a waste.
    • 33' Bad, late tackle by Skrtel on the marauding Eboue... he protests his innocence but he was beaten to it and that's a yellow card.
    • 32' Van Persie curls the corner in, and Reina catches despite a shove from a red shirt.
    • 31' Walcott sprints beyond the newcomer Robinson and crosses... Carragher clears for a corner.
    • 30' Kenny Dalglish is having a chat with Phillip Walton with fourth official. He can't seriously have a complaint about that yellow card, can he? There's only so many times you can play the 'maybe I've been out of the game too long' card...
    • 29' Flanagan wins the ball from Nasri - but he goes through the back of the Frenchman who stays down. And it's a yellow card from ref Andre Marriner.
    • 28' The camera pans to Stan Kroenke. You'd think his billions could buy him a decent haircut...
    • 26' Suarez gets the better of Djourou, who responds in 'professional' fashion and commits a quick foul.
    • 25' Great finish by Van Persie to convert a dropping long ball from Fabregas. He had been flagged offside, and a pedant might argue he should have seen a yellow card for taking the shot, as he was in the Champions League. But that pedant would be an incredible blight on society, particularly as Van Persie's strike was so peachy.
    • 24' Fabregas gets some penetration down the right, but again Reina is there to claim the cross.
    • 23' Good take from Szczesny, who leaps high to reach a Suarez cross, and catches it cleanly.
    • 21' A change for Liverpool now - Fabio Aurelio has a hanstring problem and is being replaced by one Jack Robinson at left-back.
    • 20' Nasri sends in a teasing cross from the left with Walcott chasing into the box... Reina is out quickly and assertively to claim it.
    • 19' Alex Ferguson has been allowed into the ground - he is sitting a couple of seats down from Fabio Capello.
    • 17' There have been goals at Wembley - click the link for full coverage. Bolton v Stoke: LIVE
    • 16' OFF THE BAR!! Reina is beaten to the ball as it comes in from the corner on the right, and Koscielny's header rattles the woodwork! Walcott's follow-up shot hits Kuyt on the arm, but it's no penalty.
    • 15' Wilshere plays an uncharacteristically direct ball into the box for Fabregas to chase, but Reina is quickly out to catch it.
    • 13' Reina misjudges a swerving Walcott shot and is nearly left embarrassed! He gets just enough on the ball and it is shuffled behind for a corner.
    • 12' Van Persie delivers an inswinging free-kick into the Liverpool box, and it's cleared.
    • 11' The corner finds Carroll pulling deep at the back post... but the big man heads into the side netting.
    • 10' Good defending from Djourou to dispossess Suarez, albeit at the cost of another corner.
    • 9' Liverpool counter with pace, and Lucas wins a corner on the right.. Meireles delivers it flat, and Carroll heads it over.
    • 8' Liverpool have had the better of the opening exchanges, which will please Kenny Dalglish since Arsenal are usually quick starters.
    • 7' Suarez strikes, but there is no power on his shot and Szczesny makes a straightforward save.
    • 6' Liverpool win a free-kick about 30 yards out - Aurelio and Suarez might fancy this.
    • 5' Suarez's cross from the right finds the head of Carroll, the ball loops up and Spearing goes to ground but the penalty claims are waved away.
    • 3' The visiting fans chant the name of Luis Suarez, who has been a roaring success since his arrival from Ajax.
    • 2' Wilshere looks for Walcott down the right flank but Aurelio sprints across to make a timely interception.
    • 1' Play is also under way at few miles away at Wembley, where Bolton are playing Stoke in the FA Cup semi-finals. Full coverage here.
    • 1' Liverpool kick off, playing from right to left on a lovely afternoon in North London.
    • 16:01 A minute's silence for Arsenal director Danny Fiszman, who died this week, and for the victims of the Hillsborough tragedy.
    • 15:57 The teams are in the tunnel. Liverpool in their black change strip instead of the white one.
    • 15:55 And here's Arsene Wenger insisting the Stan Kroenke takeover will not change Arsenal's philosophy.
    • 15:50 Liverpool were handed a boost yesterday when Dirk Kuyt penned a contract extension that ties him to Anfield until 2013. Full story
    • 15:45 Stan Kroenke is in the building, and he has been pictured having a good chinwag with Arsene Wenger. He's probably been telling Arsene to buy a goalkeeper.
    • 15:40 This week saw the 22nd anniversary of the Hillsbrough tragedy - and families of the victims have called for Kenny Dalglish to receive a knighthood for his role in representing the club afterwards. Dalglish 'very flattered'
    • 15:35 Arsene Wenger has also been talking about reluctantly agreeing to do a Far Eastern tour in pre-season. 'I don't like it, but I'll have to go along with it.'
    • 15:30 Arsenal's title hopes were given a mini-fillip yesterday when Paul Scholes was sent off at Wembley. He will now be suspended when manchester United visit the Emirates on May 1. Red-card Scholes to miss Arsenal clash
    • 15:25 Kenny Dalglish was Liverpool manager when they lost the 1989 league title to Arsenal on goal difference having been defeated 2-0 by them at Anfield in the final match of the season. Alan Smith and Michael Thomas scored the goals for Arsenal.
    • 15:20 Arsenal are the only Premier League club unbeaten in 2011, picking up 26 points from 12 matches. However, they have drawn five times. Leaders Manchester United have won 10 and lost three of their 14 matches this year, picking up 31 points.
    • 15:15 Arsenal and Liverpool have met 173 times in the league. Arsenal have won 60, Liverpool 68 and 45 draws. They have met 37 times in the Premier League. Arsenal have won 11, Liverpool 14 and 12 draws.
    • 15:10 LIVERPOOL: Reina; Flanagan, Carragher, Skrtel, Aurelio; Kuyt, Spearing, Lucas, Meireles; Carroll, Suarez.... Subs: Cole, Kyrgiakos, Maxi, N'gog, Shelvey, Gulacsi, Robinson.
    • 15:05 ARSENAL: Szczesny; Eboue, Koscielny, Djourou, Clichy; Diaby, Wilshere; Walcott, Fabregas, Nasri; Van Persie.... Subs: Lehmann, Song, Squillaci, Arshavin, Gibbs, Chamakh, Bendtner.
    • 15:00 Welcome to LIVE coverage of Arsenal v Liverpool from the Emirates Stadium!
  • Summary

    • 90+12 GOOOAALLL!!! KUYT PLACES IT INTO THE RIGHT CORNER AND LIVERPOOL ARE LEVEL!! AND THERE IS THE FINAL WHISTLE!!
    • 90+11 PENALTY LIVERPOOL!!! Suarez's free-kick is blocked and Eboue shoves Lucas over!! IT'S A PENALTY!!
    • 90+9' FREE-KICK RIGHT ON THE EDGE OF THE ARSENAL BOX!! Song on Lucas!
    • 90+8' GOAL!! VAN PERSIE ROLLS IT INTO THE LEFT CORNER AS REINA DIVES THE WRONG WAY! Van Persie takes his shirt off and is duly booked but Arsenal do not care!
    • 90+7' PENALTY ARSENAL!!! Spearing brings down Fabregas and referee Marriner points to the spot! It's cruel, but it's a good decision...
    • 90+1' Eboue wins a corner for Arsenal - EIGHT MINUTES of added time. Song meets the corner with a downward header that bounces up and over the bar!
    • 88' Kuyt finds Suarez inside the box in acres of space! He takes on the shot from a tight angle and thrashes it into the crowd!
    • 85' Brilliant football from Arsenal as Fabregas flicks it through for Van Persie who is clean through... SAVED BY REINA!! The keeper makes himself big and preserves his clean sheet!
    • 50' Suarez brings it through the middle and Arsenal back off him... he keeps running, shifts the ball to his left foot and curls a shot just wide!
    • 25' Great finish by Van Persie to convert a dropping long ball from Fabregas. He had been flagged offside, and a pedant might argue he should have seen a yellow card for taking the shot, as he was in the Champions League. But that pedant would be an incredible blight on society, particularly as Van Persie's strike was so peachy.
    • 16' OFF THE BAR!! Reina is beaten to the ball as it comes in from the corner on the right, and Koscielny's header rattles the woodwork! Walcott's follow-up shot hits Kuyt on the arm, but it's no penalty.
    • 13' Reina misjudges a swerving Walcott shot and is nearly left embarrassed! He gets just enough on the ball and it is shuffled behind for a corner.
    • 15:10 LIVERPOOL: Reina; Flanagan, Carragher, Skrtel, Aurelio; Kuyt, Spearing, Lucas, Meireles; Carroll, Suarez.... Subs: Cole, Kyrgiakos, Maxi, N'gog, Shelvey, Gulacsi, Robinson.
    • 15:05 ARSENAL: Szczesny; Eboue, Koscielny, Djourou, Clichy; Diaby, Wilshere; Walcott, Fabregas, Nasri; Van Persie.... Subs: Lehmann, Song, Squillaci, Arshavin, Gibbs, Chamakh, Bendtner.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

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    • Starting line-up

      • W. Szczesny
      • E. Eboué Yellow Card
      • J. Djourou
      • L. Koscielny
      • G. Clichy
      • A. Diaby Substitution Out (81′)
      • J. Wilshere Substitution Out (72′)
      • C. Fábregas
      • T. Walcott Substitution Out (73′)
      • S. Nasri
      • R. van Persie Goal Yellow Card

      Subs

      • J. Lehmann
      • S. Squillaci
      • M. Chamakh
      • A. Arshavin Substitution In73′
      • N. Bendtner Substitution In72′
      • K. Gibbs
      • A. Song Substitution In81′
    • Starting line-up

      • J. Reina
      • J. Flanagan Yellow Card
      • J. Carragher Substitution Out (62′)
      • M. Škrtel Yellow Card
      • Fábio Aurélio Substitution Out (22′)
      • J. Spearing
      • Lucas Yellow Card
      • D. Kuyt Goal
      • Raul Meireles
      • L. Suarez
      • A. Carroll Substitution Out (71′)

      Subs

      • J. Cole
      • M. Rodríguez
      • D. N'Gog
      • J. Shelvey Substitution In71′ Yellow Card
      • S. Kyrgiakos Substitution In62′
      • P. Gulacsi
      • J. Robinson Substitution In22′
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