Gabriel Martinelli, who scored the winner against Manchester City earlier in the season, has put Arsenal ahead after a bizarre error from Alisson!
64 min Havertz makes a great run into space down the left, moves into the area and goes down after a tangle of legs with Mac Allister. Anthony Taylor says no penalty and the VAR team agree.
As Gary Neville says on Sky, Havertz’s loose touch allowed Mac Allister to get between him and the ball. Havertz does so many impressive things, but he’s not a killer.
62 min “Sorry, gotta take issue with Deep Purple’s categorisation,” says Dean Kinsella. “Back in the day they were labelled as a ‘hard-rock’ band. Not sure heavy metal even existed as a genre in ‘68 (when I first bought a copy of their fantastic ‘Deep Purple in Rock’ album). The clue is in the name of the album. Oh no! Am I a nerd now?”
By the end of this game somebody will be claiming they were on Sarah Records.
59 min “Thanks for your half time mention of le grand carré’ midfield of the French team in the 1980s,” says Richard Hirst. “I loved it then (France v Brazil 1986, one of the great games), knowing and loving it does wonders for you when you live in France, and under Jean Tigana, Fulham played their most attractive football. Reasons to be cheerful, one, two, three.”
50 min “Afternoon Rob,” says Simon McMahon. “I’ve just about recovered from the rugby in Cardiff yesterday, and the perpetual drama that is the England men’s Test cricket team in India earlier. And talking of drama, and close finishes, the Scottish Premier League season 1982-83 ended with three teams – Aberdeen, Celtic and Dundee United – competing for the title on the final day.
“United held on at Dens for their first, and to date, only league title by a point. Though if they’d conceded an equaliser, all three teams would have finished on the same points, and a play-off would have been required between United and Celtic, as their points, goal difference and goals scored would have been identical. Can you imagine? Klopp’s last game, a playoff against City to decide the title…”
With Darren England on VAR.
(Also, imagine scoring a goal like this, against your biggest rivals, on the day your team won their only league title.)