Glory, goal-fests and goodbyes: The Premier League's most thrilling 'dead rubbers'

7. Arsenal 4-3 Everton, May 11 2002

Another final-day flourish from these two, but this time a more balanced encounter. Already crowned league and FA Cup winners, back when everything Arsene touched turned to silver, Arsenal went into the final game of the season seven points clear of second-placed Liverpool, while Everton were safe from relegation under a slightly less craggy-looking David Moyes. And in a game that would make Jose Mourinho literally sick with disgust, what followed was a free-flowing exhibition of rampant attacking football interspersed with moments of truly execrable defending. Dennis Bergkamp opened the scoring on three minutes, Everton led by the half hour, before the champions turned on the slicks and established a 4-2 lead, with Thierry Henry scoring twice and a Francis Jeffers collector's item on 82. Steve Watson pulled one back with two minutes left, by which time the party poppers and funny hats were in full effect.


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