Premier League Games Of The Decade: Thrillers, Dramatic Comebacks And Agueroooooo

The last 10 years have thrown up some absolute classics
07:00, 28 Dec 2019

Newcastle 4-4 Arsenal - February 5, 2011

The Gunners led 4-0 at the break. It was game over. Arsenal were buoyant as they romped into the break as Newcastle’s hardy supporters left in their droves.

However, the fans who stayed put were treated to a show as the Magpies fought their way back.

As every minute passed, Arsenal grew meeker and the home side’s belief soared. Cheick Tiote capped an incredible comeback from range and St James’ Park shook with the scenes.

Man United 1-6 Man City - October 23, 2011

This was the start. After so many decades in the shadows, this hammering of United at Old Trafford was beyond the dreams of even the most imaginative City fan.

The sky-blue half of Manchester tore Sir Alex Ferguson’s side to shreds. It was a massacre. As the Red Devils became more desperate they appeared more hopeless, and Mario Balotelli and co. picked them off at will.

No matter what City have gone on to achieve, this will forever remain a cherished memory. It was the explosive beginning of the power shift.

‘Why Always Me?’

Man City 3-2 QPR - May 13, 2012

The most memorable and iconic moment in Premier League history, City’s heroic injury-time comeback to snatch the title from rivals United will never be forgotten. It is the pinnacle of ‘The Barclays’.

Trailing and looking to have come off second best to their hated enemy yet again, it felt like the same old story.

However, Sergio Aguero’s thumping winner was legendary, as was Martin Tyler’s famous commentary. Cue pandemonium.

Liverpool 5-1 Arsenal - February 8, 2014

The Reds were blowing everyone away with blistering, attacking football.

However, it was mind-blowing to see them race into a 4-0 lead after only 20 minutes against the Gunners.

Arsene Wenger’s side were fragile but the Merseysiders hurtled out of the tracks like a freight train and were fully deserving of the lead. Even Martin Skrtel got a brace.

With Liverpool four up and the clock still not even on 21 minutes, this could have been a cricket score but somehow ended 5-1.

Crystal Palace 3-3 Liverpool - May 5, 2014

Crystanbul. One of the craziest matches of the Premier League era.

Liverpool, in their first serious title tilt for 24 years, cruised into a three-goal lead and seemed destined to add another three points to their tally.

However, the Eagles managed to produce a stunning comeback completed by Dwight Gayle’s equaliser.

Luis Suarez was floored. Steven Gerrard hauled him up, blocking the TV cameras as the crushed, tearful forward made sure his shirt was kept firmly over his head.

Norwich 4-5 Liverpool - January 23, 2016

Such was the melee upon Liverpool’s winner that manager Jurgen Klopp had his glasses broke as his players jumped all over him after they rescued an unbelievable win in a nine-goal thriller at Carrow Road.

Sebastien Bassong looked to have earned the Canaries a late draw in the 92nd minute but Adam Lallana broke the hearts of the home support with a winner on 95. 

Such an end-to-end game, it had everything right until the last.

Man City 1-3 Leicester - February 6, 2016

This is where everyone started to believe.

High-flying Leicester went to the Etihad with a chunk of observers expecting them to fail and fall away from the top of the table.

They passed the test with flying colours though, leading 3-0 at half-time as integral centre-back Robert Huth scored twice.

It was this game that gave fans genuine belief, with the players beginning to prove they had what it would take to stay the course.

Chelsea 2-2 Tottenham, May 2, 2016

The 'Battle of Stamford Bridge'.

Spurs’ title hopes were hanging by a thread as they and Leicester were the unlikely last two standing in the race to lift the Premier League trophy.

Having to go to London rivals Chelsea was a tough ask, but Spurs jumped into a 2-0 lead.

Then they lost their heads... spectacularly. With the game moving away from them, they lost all discipline and lashed out on an almost constant rate before Eden Hazard destroyed their dreams with an equaliser seven minutes from time.

Jamie Vardy (and his Leicester team-mates) had a party round his gaff, with everything caught on their mobiles in footage which would document the denouement of one of the greatest stories in English football history. What a night.

Swansea 5-4 Crystal Palace - November 16, 2016

This game wasn’t exactly the standout as football fans perused the fixtures on the Saturday morning.

However, the live goal shows on Sky Sports and the BBC were back and forth to the Liberty as goals were struck back and forth.

Having been 3-1 down with 70 on the clock, Palace again fought back and were leading 4-3 on 84 minutes.

The fourth official held the board up for injury time and Swansea sprung into life, grabbing a 90+ equaliser and then an unlikely winner through supersub Fernando Llorente. Drama.

Man City 2-1 Liverpool - January 3, 2019

11.7mm. That’s all that dented Liverpool’s title bid last season.

The ball was just 11.7mm from completely crossing the line as John Stones lunged to clear it off the line.

It proved decisive as City held on to win 2-1 to inflict on Liverpool their only defeat of the season. 

Four months later and it was Pep Guardiola’s men lifting the Premier League trophy after finishing top, just a point ahead of Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool. Fine margins and all that.

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