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

8. Southampton 3-2 Arsenal, May 19 2001

When the players emerge onto the field of play wearing bandanas (in aid of a charity), you suspect they may not be taking the game entirely seriously. Understandably so, for on the face of it, neither side had much to play for – Arsenal couldn't catch champions Manchester United but had sealed their Champions League place, the Saints were safe in mid table and would finish 10th. The mild subplot that perhaps drove the hosts on in a surprisingly pulsating encounter, in which they twice came from behind to level, was that this was the final game played at The Dell before they replaced it with houses. Predictable, then, that cometh the hour (and a half), cometh Matthew Le Tissier – his stunning volley in the final minute providing a very fitting finale.


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