The race for the EPL title took another twist today as Arsenal and Liverpool both share a point in dramatic fashion at the Emirates. Arsenal were awarded a penalty in the 97th minute of stoppage time as Jay Spearing clumsily brought down Cesc Fabregas. Robin van Persie looked to have given the Gunners all three points after calmly putting home the spot kick sending Jose Reina diving in the wrong direction.
Emmanuel Eboue gifted Liverpool a lifeline in the 101st minute of stoppage when he bundled over Lucas Leiva in the penalty area, it was a silly challenge by the Ivory Coast international who was visibly upset with himself as he held his face in his hands in despair. Dirk Kuyt stepped up and blasted the ball into the net to give his team the equalizing goal and damaging Arsenal’s title hopes in the process.
Arsenal will feel aggrieved to not have gotten all three points as they were the better team on the day and created the better chances but their failure to put their chances away played a big part in today’s result. Some credit should be given to Liverpool who defended well despite losing defenders Jamie Carragher to a head injury and Fabio Aurelio to a strained hamstring. Jamie Carragher’s injury was the cause for the heavy amount of injury time that was added as the Liverpool medical staff had to take all precautions before removing him from the field of play.
Arsenal’s title hopes now hang in the balance as they no longer have a game in hand on leaders Manchester United and are now six points behind instead of four had they gotten all three points, with six matches left it’s still too close to call with Chelsea still in with a shout to retain their title.