FourFourTwo's best 100 Premier League matches ever: 20-11
20. Arsenal 4-4 Tottenham, 29/10/2008
Despite ending their eight-game winless start to the season in Harry Redknapp’s first match in charge three days beforehand, Spurs were still bottom of the pile and huge underdogs for this north London derby. But former Gunner David Bentley gave them a shock lead in sensational fashion, looping a shot over Manuel Almunia from 40 yards.
Spurs led for most of the first half, only for Mikael Silvestre and William Gallas to give the Gunners the lead with goals either side of the interval. Emmanuel Adebayor and Darren Bent made it 3-1 then 3-2, before Robin van Persie appeared to settle matters with the Gunners’ fourth.
But with Tottenham fans streaming from the away end, Jermaine Jenas’ fantastic individual effort set up a frantic finale. With seconds of injury time remaining, Aaron Lennon reacted quickest when Luka Modric’s shot rebounded off the upright, coolly slotting home the visitors’ fourth of the evening and sending Redknapp potty on the sidelines. JM
19. Southampton 6-3 Man United, 26/10/1996
Having been beaten 5-0 at Newcastle the week before, Manchester United were expected to take their frustrations out on lowly Southampton, especially given the embarrassing nature of their 3-1 defeat at the Dell the previous season, ‘invisible’ grey shirts and all. But Saints stunned the football world again by going one better than the Magpies and putting six past Peter Schmeichel.
Graeme Souness’ side led 3-1 at the break, with goals from Eyal Berkovic, Matt Le Tissier and Egil Ostenstad, putting the Hampshire side in the driving seat. David May pulled one back for the Red Devils to create a nervy second half, in which United long threatened to equalise, despite being reduced to ten men when Roy Keane was sent off. Berkovic and Ostenstad struck again to settle south coast nerves, however, and although Paul Scholes got another for Sir Alex Ferguson’s side, a nicely finished Gary Neville own goal rounded off the perfect day for the Saints. RS
18. Swansea 5-4 Crystal Palace, 26/11/2016
On paper it looked worthy of last-on-Match of the Day billing; in reality this was anything but. Two struggling sides in desperate need of victory thrashed out a corker in south Wales, with Bob Bradley eventually claiming his first victory as Swansea boss thanks to Fernando Llorente’s injury-time brace.
The score was 3-2 in Swansea’s favour with just nine minutes of the game left, after they’d overturned Wilfried Zaha’s opener with goals from Gylfi Sigurdsson (a trademark free-kick) and a three-minute double from Leroy Fer. Most of the goals were ugly – James Tomkins’ 75th-minute goal to make it 3-2 fell very firmly into that category – but it hardly dulled the drama.
Palace tipped the game on its head when Christian Benteke followed up a Jack Cork own goal on 84 minutes – but then came Llorente’s last-gasp salvo to earn Swansea their first league win in 12 and pile the pressure on a forlorn Alan Pardew. JB
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