Arsenal 1-1 Liverpool – Late penalty drama denies Gunners
Dirk Kuyt equalised with a penalty kick in the 12th minute of injury time to give Liverpool a dramatic 1-1 draw at Arsenal and frustrate the Gunners’ chances of winning the Premier League title.
Arsenal frontman Robin van Persie had put the home side in front with another penalty just four minutes earlier, but Emmanuel Eboue pushed Lucas Leiva over in the area and Kuyt smashed in the resulting penalty with the last kick of the match.
The North Londoners are now six points behind United with six games remaining, with Chelsea two points further back in third.
Eboue – Djourou – Koscielny – Clichy
Fabregas – Diaby – Wilshere
Walcott – van Persie – Nasri
Subs : Lehmann, Squillaci, Gibbs, Song, Arshavin, Bendtner, Chamakh.
Arsene Wenger’s men went close when Theo Walcott forced a save from Pepe Reina and the visitors had to scramble clear when Van Persie hooked the rebound into the danger area.
Laurent Koscielny also struck the crossbar from Van Persie’s corner, with Walcott claiming a penalty when he followed it up with a shot that struck Lucas.
Before the break, Van Persie also had a goal chalked off for offside when met Cesc Fabregas’ long pass with a neat volley.
Liverpool soaked up the Arsenal pressure and attacked themselves after the half-time interval, with Luis Suarez curling one effort wide and testing Wojciech Szczesny twice with others.
But they were dealt a blow when Jamie Carragher was carried off on a stretcher and needing oxygen after running into a team-mate, while Andy Carroll was taken off after picking up an ankle injury.
The injury meant the stoppage-time was 12 minutes, allowing Van Persie to score when Fabregas was trippped by Martin Skrtel, but Kuyt had the final word.