Premier Leagues top five games of all time

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WE take a look at the top five games in Premier League including Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Reading and Newcastle United.

Tonight’s 3-3 draw between Tottenham and Arsenal at White Hart Lane ranks as one of the greatest games in the history of the Premier League.

Here, we take a look at five other classics.

April 1996: Liverpool 4 Newcastle 3

Kevin Keegan’s swashbuckling Newcastle side headed to Anfield three points behind Man Utd and with a game in hand. Robbie Fowler opened the scoring after two minutes before Les Ferdinand and David Ginola gave Newcastle a slim half-time lead. Fowler prodded home an equaliser for Liverpool only for Faustino Asprilla to give the visitors the lead once again. But #8.5million signing (a Premier League record at the time) Stan Collymore broke Newcastle hearts with a 68th-minute equaliser and a last-minute winner. Keegan was left slumped against the advertising hoardings as the wheels began to fall off the Magpies’ title challenge.

March 1997: Liverpool 4 Newcastle 3

The second instalment of the seven-goal thrillers between the sides again ended in Geordie heartache. Liverpool grabbed a 90th-minute winner once more, this time through Fowler’s second, after United had drawn level at 3-3 with late goals of their own through Asprilla and Warren Barton.

November 2004: Tottenham 4 Arsenal 5

The bitter north London rivals produced one of their most exciting encounters as the goals flew in at White Hart Lane. Noureddine Naybet volleyed Spurs ahead before goals from Thierry Henry, Lauren and Patrick Viera put Arsenal 3-1 up with an hour gone. A sweet strike from Jermain Defoe put Spurs back in the game before Freddie Ljungberg restored Arsenal’s two-goal cushion. Ledley King headed Spurs back into contention before Robert Pires scored a fifth for the Gunners. Freddie Kanoute clawed another back for Tottenham but they were unable to find another goal.

April 2009: Liverpool 4 Arsenal 4

Four goals from Andrey Arshavin put a huge dent in Liverpool’s Barclays Premier League title hopes as Arsenal drew 4-4 at Anfield. The hosts went ahead of Manchester United on goal difference having come from behind three times, starting with Arshavin’s first in the 36th minute. Fernando Torres and Yossi Benayoun scored soon after the interval but three further goals from the Russian Gunner piled the pressure back on Rafael Benitez’s side and even a second from Torres and an injury-time equaliser from Benayoun were not enough.

December 2007: Tottenham 6 Reading 4

Reading had already lost 7-4 to Portsmouth three months before this pulsating game at White Hart Lane. Dimitar Berbatov opened the scoring after seven minutes before the Royals fought back to go in front through goals from Kalifa Cisse and Ivar Ingimarsson. Berbatov scored an equaliser before boyhood Spurs fan Dave Kitson restored Reading’s lead on 69 minutes, sparking a crazy 10-minute spell in which five goals were scored. Berbatov completed his hat-trick to equalise again in the 73rd minute but within 60 seconds Kitson had scored again to make it 4-3 to Reading. Steed Malbranque and Jermain Defoe then put Spurs 5-4 up before Berbatov added a sixth in the final 10 minutes.

September 2009: Man Utd 4 Man City 3

Michael Owen struck in the sixth minute of stoppage-time to give Manchester United victory in a staggering seven-goal derby-day extravaganza at Old Trafford. City thought they had grabbed a point when Craig Bellamy steered home their third leveller in the final minute. But up popped Owen, just as he said he would, with virtually the final kick to leave the Blues on their knees. Wayne Rooney and Darren Fletcher (2) got United’s other goals, with Gareth Barry also on target for City.