In the 98th minute of Arsenal’s game against Liverpool our title rivals were awarded a penalty. Incredibly, this was 16th penalty of the season and it seemed fairly typical that Liverpool would gift them the win so late on. An Arsenal victory would have meant there were just 4 points between us and them on the same number of games played.
Robin van Persie put the penalty away, 1-0 Arsenal, then spent a considerable amount of time celebrating what he thought was a crucial winner for his team. The referee then added this celebration time on to the allotted minimum amount of injury time, which presented Liverpool with those vital minutes and seconds to go on the attack.
They won a freekick which eventually landed at the feet of Lucas, with his back to goal. Bizarrely, Emannuel Eboue decided to jump on top of him, leaving the referee with no option but to point to the penalty spot. Fortunately for United, Steven Gerrard wasn’t on the field, so he couldn’t throw the game like he did against Chelsea last season. Dirk Kuyt stepped up and with the last kick of the game took the win away from Arsenal.
Thank you Eboue.
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