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Having taken a stoppage time lead through a Robin van Persie spot kick, Liverpool struck a hammer blow with an equaliser with the final kick of the game

Before kick-off, Arsene Wenger admitted that failure to gain maximum points against Liverpool and north London rivals Tottenham on Wednesday will effectively end Arsenal’s title hopes.

And as the clock approached the thirteenth minute of stoppage time, it appeared that the Gunners had claimed the victory they needed to close the gap on leaders Manchester United, having taken a stoppage time lead via a Robin van Persie stoppage time penalty.

But with the matches ending its final strands, Emmanuel Eboue bundled Lucas to the floor in the penalty area, as Kenny Dalglish’s side was were handed the chance to level the match. And Kuyt stepped up, and duly applied the finish.

Our man at the Emirates was Greg Stobart, and these were his thoughts as the final whistle blew on what had been an enthralling encounter.

“The whole Liverpool team – including Pepe Reina – are celebrating in the corner after that equalizer with the last kick of the game,” said Greg.  “My hands are literally trembling after the incredible late drama following a poor quality game.”

The result leaves Arsenal six-points behind Sir Alex Ferguson’s side, having spurned their game-in-hand advantage.

But with six games remaining, has Kuyt’s strike finally ended Arsenal’s title charge?

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