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Emmanuel Eboue challenges Leiva Lucas unfairly and gives away a Penalty. Penalty taken right-footed by Dirk Kuyt and scored. Arsenal 1-1 Liverpool.Assist on the goal came from Leiva Lucas.
Dirk Kuyt takes a shot. Save by Wojciech Szczesny.
Robin van Persie receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Alex Song concedes a free kick for a foul on Leiva Lucas. Leiva Lucas is booked. The referee cautions Emmanuel Eboue for dissent. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Luis Suarez.
Penalty awarded for an unfair challenge on Francesc Fabregas by Jay Spearing. Placed penalty scored by Robin van Persie. Arsenal 1-0 Liverpool.Francesc Fabregas provided the assist for the goal.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jonjo Shelvey on Alex Song. Direct free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.
Corner taken by Robin van Persie, Jose Reina makes a save.
Unfair challenge on Alex Song by Jonjo Shelvey results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Alex Song.
Corner taken left-footed by Robin van Persie, Alex Song has a headed effort from close range and clears the bar.
Luis Suarez has an effort at goal from close range which goes wide right of the target.
Gael Clichy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luis Suarez. Free kick taken by John Flanagan.
Nicklas Bendtner takes a shot. Save made by Jose Reina.
Robin van Persie takes a shot. Save by Jose Reina.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Raul Meireles by Alex Song. Direct free kick taken by Jose Reina.
Robin van Persie takes a shot. Save made by Jose Reina.
Alex Song comes on in place of Vassiriki Diaby.
Corner taken right-footed by Francesc Fabregas, Raul Meireles manages to make a clearance.
Luis Suarez takes a shot. Save by Wojciech Szczesny.
Jonjo Shelvey concedes a free kick for a foul on Laurent Koscielny. Jonjo Shelvey is booked. Wojciech Szczesny takes the direct free kick.
Corner taken right-footed by Samir Nasri, Headed effort from close range by Robin van Persie goes wide left of the goal.
(Arsenal) makes a substitution, with Nicklas Bendtner coming on for Jack Wilshere. Andrey Arshavin joins the action as a substitute, replacing Theo Walcott.
Robin van Persie takes a shot. Martin Skrtel gets a block in.
Jonjo Shelvey joins the action as a substitute, replacing Andrew Carroll.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Robin van Persie by Martin Skrtel. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Robin van Persie, clearance by Dirk Kuyt.
Luis Suarez takes a shot. Save made by Wojciech Szczesny.
Inswinging corner taken by Samir Nasri from the left by-line, Jose Reina makes a save.
Sotirios Kyrgiakos comes on in place of Jamie Carragher.
Raul Meireles takes a shot from a long way out which goes wide of the right-hand post.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Raul Meireles from the left by-line, clearance made by Francesc Fabregas.
Robin van Persie challenges Leiva Lucas unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jose Reina restarts play with the free kick.
Shot from just outside the penalty box by Luis Suarez misses to the left of the target.
Emmanuel Eboue takes a shot. Martin Skrtel gets a block in.
Unfair challenge on Jay Spearing by Vassiriki Diaby results in a free kick. Martin Skrtel takes the direct free kick.
Unfair challenge on Luis Suarez by Laurent Koscielny results in a free kick. Raul Meireles delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, save by Wojciech Szczesny.
Corner taken left-footed by Robin van Persie to the near post, clearance made by Jack Robinson.
Corner taken left-footed by Robin van Persie to the near post, Jack Robinson makes a clearance.
Effort from the edge of the area by Theo Walcott goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Martin Skrtel challenges Emmanuel Eboue unfairly and gives away a free kick. Martin Skrtel is cautioned. Free kick crossed left-footed by Robin van Persie.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dirk Kuyt by Jack Wilshere. Leiva Lucas takes the direct free kick.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Robin van Persie, save made by Jose Reina.
Unfair challenge on Samir Nasri by John Flanagan results in a free kick. John Flanagan is cautioned. Francesc Fabregas takes the direct free kick.
Francesc Fabregas produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Andrew Carroll. Indirect free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.
Foul by Johan Djourou on Luis Suarez, free kick awarded. Jamie Carragher restarts play with the free kick.
The official flags Robin van Persie offside. Jose Reina takes the indirect free kick.
Andrew Carroll challenges Laurent Koscielny unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Gael Clichy.
(Liverpool) makes a substitution, with Jack Robinson coming on for Fabio Aurelio.
Robin van Persie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jay Spearing. Direct free kick taken by Jose Reina.
Fabio Aurelio gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Emmanuel Eboue. Free kick crossed by Robin van Persie, clearance by Dirk Kuyt.
Laurent Koscielny fouled by Raul Meireles, the ref awards a free kick. Jack Wilshere takes the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Robin van Persie from the right by-line, Laurent Koscielny takes a shot.
Unfair challenge on Laurent Koscielny by Andrew Carroll results in a free kick. Wojciech Szczesny takes the direct free kick.
Robin van Persie takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Fabio Aurelio manages to make a clearance.
Theo Walcott takes a shot. Save by Jose Reina.
Unfair challenge on Theo Walcott by Fabio Aurelio results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Robin van Persie, Jamie Carragher makes a clearance.
Corner from left by-line taken by Raul Meireles.
Raul Meireles takes the outswinging corner, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Andrew Carroll goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
Unfair challenge on Andrew Carroll by Johan Djourou results in a free kick. Luis Suarez produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, Wojciech Szczesny makes a comfortable save.
Johan Djourou gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luis Suarez. Leiva Lucas takes the free kick.
Gael Clichy challenges Leiva Lucas unfairly and gives away a free kick. Leiva Lucas takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Luis Suarez on Samir Nasri. The ball is swung over by Samir Nasri, Headed effort on goal by Vassiriki Diaby from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.
Wenger wants to stay in the hunt
Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal owe it to football fans everywhere to keep the Barclays Premier League title race alive with victory over Liverpool at Emirates Stadium on Sunday.
The Gunners can take advantage of Manchester United's FA Cup semi-final date with rivals City at Wembley this weekend to close the gap at the top of the table down to four points.
If Arsenal can then go on and win their game in hand at north-London rivals Tottenham next Tuesday night, that deficit could be down to just a single point which would leave everything still to play for ahead of their May 1 showdown with the Red Devils at Emirates Stadium.
Even though the destiny of the championship is now out of Arsenal's hands following a run of three successive draws before their win at Blackpool last weekend, Wenger's men have not lost in the league since going down 1-0 at Old Trafford some 14 games ago.
The Gunners boss insists his side must focus on extending that run with another victory over the Reds.
"We are in the run for the championship so why should we at the moment feel that we are bad?" said Wenger, who launched an impassioned defence of his team following more questions about their character.
"It is important that we feel we are strong and it is important for the country that this championship race is still alive."
Wenger added: "Of course we always want to win more, but you look at the history of any club and to be consistently at the top for 15 years and moving to a different stadium is not as bad as people say it is.
"I just felt it is important we focus on what we can achieve, and that we do not sit here like we are on a tribunal.
"What you have to accept is that England is the most difficult championship in the world, and that there are six or seven teams who can win the championship. That is why it is difficult for everybody."
Arsenal could welcome back goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny from a finger injury.
Centre-half Johan Djourou (shoulder) may also recover, along with midfielders Alex Song (knee) and Denilson (toe), but full-back Bacary Sagna (knee) is a doubt.
Goalkeeper Manuel Almunia (ankle) is also struggling so veteran Jens Lehmann could be set for a place on the bench again.
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish believes Andy Carroll's double strike this week is merely a hint of what is to come.
The #35million striker grabbed his first two goals for the Reds in their impressive 3-0 demolition of Manchester City on Monday.
It ended a two-month wait for the 22-year-old, who was carrying a thigh injury at the time of his club record move from Newcastle in January.
Dalglish said: "It wasn't of paramount importance he scored - we put him back in a bit earlier than we probably should have, but obviously he was medically okay.
"He just needed match practice and it was going to take him a few games to get up to that.
"He scored the other night but that is not his fitness complete, and it is not his career complete at Liverpool.
"It was just a stepping stone to go forward and produce more goals for us."
Carroll, making only his fourth start for the club, played alongside fellow new recruit Luis Suarez and the pair showed signs of a promising partnership.
Uruguay striker Suarez has also made an impressive start to his Liverpool career having scored twice since his January arrival and played an instrumental role in last month's defeat of Manchester United.
Dalglish added: "Sometimes it takes a little time to settle down but both Andy and Luis have been brilliant.
"They have settled in very quickly and got on with the game. We are delighted with both of them."
Another player to catch the eye against City on Monday was 18-year-old right-back John Flanagan, who was handed his debut in the absence of the injured Glen Johnson and Martin Kelly.
The Academy graduate's baptism of fire could now continue as Liverpool travel to title-chasing Arsenal.
Dalglish said: "Circumstances accelerated his promotion a little bit and he did very well. We had no qualms about putting him in for his attitude and commitment.
"At just 18 years of age, to play against Manchester City is a big test, and he came through it fine."
Johnson and Kelly remain sidelined with hamstring injuries but Liverpool have no fresh fitness concerns as they seek their first win at the Emirates Stadium.
Steven Gerrard and Daniel Agger are the other major absentees having both been ruled out for the rest of the season.
Reds hold Gunners in late drama
Arsenal saw their Barclays Premier League title hopes all but extinguished in a dramatic 1-1 draw with Liverpool.
Dirk Kuyt secured a point for the Reds with a penalty after 10 minutes of injury time - just moments after Robin van Persie's own spot-kick had looked enough for victory.
The Gunners are now six point points behind leaders Manchester United having played the same amount of games.
They had plenty of possession and hit the bar in the first half through Laurent Koscielny, but were unable to make their dominance count until deep into stoppage time when Van Persie crashed home a spot-kick for Jay Spearing's foul on Cesc Fabregas.
However, Liverpool - who had earlier seen captain Jamie Carragher carried off with concussion - snatched a point with the final kick of the match after Emmanuel Eboue had pushed Lucas.
While the match ended in high drama, before kick-off there was a minute's silence in memory of late Arsenal director Danny Fiszman, who passed away following a battle against cancer and also remembering the 96 Liverpool supporters who died 22 years ago this week in the Hillsborough tragedy.
The sale of Fiszman's holding in the Gunners' parent company led to American Stan Kroenke crossing the takeover threshold, but it remains to be seen whether the Denver-based entrepreneur will be able to complete his proposed #730millon buyout.
When the action got under way, Arsenal - unbeaten in 14 matches and yet to lose in 2011 - started well, with Abou Diaby glancing a header wide from Samir Nasri's curling free-kick.
Arsenal were careless in possession far too often, with Liverpool quick to capitalise on the break.
The hosts sparked into life, though, after 12 minutes when Theo Walcott stung Pepe Reina with a fierce 25-yard drive which the Reds keeper spilled and van Persie hooked the loose ball back across an open goal, which was headed behind.
From van Persie's right wing corner, Laurent Koscielny got up above the Liverpool defence and in front of Reina to crash a header against the bar.
Liverpool were forced into a change on 21 minutes when full-back Fabio Aurelio limped off with a recurrence of his hamstring problem, replaced by 17-year-old Jack Robinson for a second senior appearance.
Luis Suarez's slip allowed van Persie and Cesc Fabregas to open up the Liverpool defence, but the Arsenal skipper drilled his 20-yard shot wide.
Liverpool were being pegged back, with Walcott firing a low ball in from the right which was booted behind.
It continued to be one-way traffic with Liverpool defending deep, but Arsenal could not find a telling pass in the final third.
In first-half stoppage time, Eboue's angled drive at the near post was deflected across the face of goal and away.
It was again a bright opening by Liverpool after the restart.
Suarez created space for himself at the edge of the Arsenal penalty area, but dragged his shot wide.
There was a scare for the visitors when Andy Carroll went down after twisting his knee and ankle when challenging for a loose ball in the box.
After some treatment, though, the #35million England man was back in the action.
Reds skipper Carragher then appeared to have been knocked unconscious after a clash of heads with John Flanagan, sparking more anxious scenes on the visitors bench as the medical staff from both teams attended.
The former England defender was eventually carried off on a stretcher, his neck in a brace and given oxygen. Sotirios Kyrgiakos came on as a substitute.
With 20 minutes left, Carroll was replaced by Jonjo Shelvey before Arsenal made a double change when Jack Wilshere and Walcott were replaced by Nicklas Bendtner and Andrey Arshavin, the Russian making his 100th appearance for the Gunners.
Wojciech Szczesny got down well to beat away an angled shot from Suarez as Liverpool looked to snatch all three points.
Reina made a decent block when van Persie was played into the left side of the Liverpool area, before at the other end, Suarez spooned his shot high and wide in space at the near post.
Because of the injury to Carragher, there were some eight minutes of stoppage time, and just when that seemed to be running out, Fabregas went tumbling over Jay Spearing's leg and this time, the referee pointed to the spot.
Van Persie stepped up to send Reina the wrong way and seemingly keep Arsenal in the title hunt.
However, there was more late drama after Alex Song tripped Lucas right on the edge of the area.
Suarez's free-kick went into the wall, but Eboue then pushed over Lucas to conceded another stoppage-time spot-kick which Kuyt dispatched.
It proved the last action of an amazing end to the game, which leaves Arsenal all but out of the title race and left a dejected Arsene Wenger confronting the officials - and opposite number Kenny Dalglish as they walked off.
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