The five most thrilling Premier League games of 2010-11

From a stoppage-time fightback by Everton against the eventual champions in September, to Charles N'Zogbia's late winner that relegated West Ham - vote for your favourite game
It's been an enthralling Premier League campaign, and when Manchester United lift their 19th English title tomorrow afternoon, it will bring the curtain down on yet another season.

There have been tears of joy and tears of sadness, moments of brilliance and moments of madness, one-sided romps and incredible fightbacks - and sometimes all in the same 90 minutes!

We've trawled through our archives to bring you the five most thrilling matches that the Premier League has served up for us this season - it is doubtful that featuring three times in this list will be of any consolation to Arsenal fans, however.

The list contains two north London derbies, a stunning comeback and a battle for survival that went to the very last minute. But we start at Goodison Park on a sunny September afternoon...

Pienaar 39'
Cahill 90' + 1
Arteta 90' + 2
Referee: Martin Atkinson
Fletcher 43'
Vidic 48'
Berbatov 66'

Wayne Rooney was the story coming into this match, but Manchester United's defensive frailty was the issue by the end of the game as Sir Alex Ferguson's men blew a comfortable lead in the space of two injury-time minutes at Goodison Park.

Rooney was not even in the matchday squad on the return to his former club, having been the subject of an expose on his private life the previous weekend. Steven Pienaar swept Everton into the lead but goals either side of half-time from Darren Fletcher and Nemanja Vidic put United in front, and Berbatov's nonchalant outside of the boot finish made it 3-1 and seemingly game over.

Incredibly, Everton struck twice in stoppage time, first through a Tim Cahill header then with a sweet strike from Mikel Arteta. Manager David Moyes was even furious that referee Martin Atkinson blew for full time with Everton breaking forward in search of a winner.


"We played some good football at times, Berbatov was our best player in the second half and was brilliant today, but it's all wasted because we've thrown two points away." - Sir Alex Ferguson

“I think the two goals we scored after 90 minutes, the referee had put on three minutes extra time. Even so it allowed Manchester United to take a corner and we broke that quickly that it can't have been more than eight or nine seconds until we had reached the final third, before he [referee Martin Atkinson] blew up, and that was wrong.” - David Moyes


90' + 2
ARTETA HAS SCORED, UNBELIEVABLY IT'S 3-3!!! Baines' high cross into the United box is not dealt with by the defence. They can only head the ball out to Arteta on the edge of the box and his shot takes a wicked deflection off Scholes and is back into the United net
 STAR MAN: Mikel Arteta (Everton)

The conductor of Everton's orchestra was always a threat with his neat distribution and expert set-piece delivery. Enhanced his legend on Merseyside by keeping his cool to drill the equaliser in added time.


Nasri 9'
Chamakh 27'

Referee: Phil Dowd
Bale 50'
Van der Vaart (p) 67'
Kaboul 86'

The game seemed as good as over in the first half when the sublime Cesc Fabregas first slipped in Samir Nasri to put the hosts 1-0 up, before starting the move that saw Marouane Chamakh put Arsenal in cruise control.

But Spurs showed their fighting spirit to come back with Gareth Bale on target soon after the restart and a penalty from Rafael van der Vaart before Younes Kaboul headed home with five minutes remaining to send the Spurs supporters into a frenzy and provoke the first water bottle attack of the season from Arsene Wenger.

It was Spurs' first league win on the ground of their north London rivals since May 1993 - thus ending a painful wait of 17 years.


“We are a bit speechless when we re-analyse the game. It’s a bit of a mystery how we can lose the game like that. If you look at the stats and the numbers, it’s very hard to understand how we lost that game." - Arsene Wenger

“I said to the players yesterday morning, ‘Why can’t you win the championship? Who said you can’t?' We have a good squad here, we have good players here. I’m not silly, I’m a realist, I’m not dreaming. This is the best chance anybody is going to get, this year." - Harry Redknapp


86' GOAL FOR TOTTENHAM!!!!! KABOUL SCORES!!!! Remarkable, just remarkable!!! Van der Vaart whips a wonderful ball in and Kaboul flicks the ball on and easily past Fabianski! 3-2!!
 STAR MAN: Gareth Bale (Tottenham)
8.0 Initially on the receiving end of some rough treatment from Sagna as Spurs tried to set him free at every opportunity. But became gradually more influential as the game wore on and his outside-of-the-boot finish was impeccably assured. His energy and commitment was integral to his team's comeback.


Barton (p) 69'
Best 75'
Barton (p) 83'
Tiote 88'
Referee: Phil Dowd
Walcott 1'
Djourou 3'
Van Persie 10'
Van Persie 26'

Arsenal seemed to be cruising towards three points after just 10 minutes with Theo Walcott, Johan Djourou and Robin van Persie on target. When Van Persie added a fourth with barely 25 minutes gone, some Newcastle fans started heading for the exits.

However, the game swung on a moment of madness from Abou Diaby, who pushed Joey Barton and then Kevin Nolan in a midfield fracas which cost him a red card. Leon Best earned a penalty converted by Barton, then scored himself and with 15 minutes to go, Newcastle could sense an unlikely comeback.

Barton converted another, albeit highly contentious penalty with seven minutes to go before Cheikh Tiote crashed home an unstoppable first-time volley from fully 25 yards with just two minutes remaining to lift the roof of St James' Park.


"We went out there and played like lions. At half-time you have to make a call. What I said was that if you want to go out there and feel sorry for yourselves after losing at Fulham and losing a really good young player [Andy Carroll, who had joined Liverpool earlier that week] then you're going to get embarrassed, but we more than made up for it in the second half." - Alan Pardew

"Mathematically two points [have been dropped] but psychologically the damage is a bit bigger tonight because everybody is of course very, very disappointed in the dressing room but only the future will tell." - Arsene Wenger


88' GOOOOOAAAAALLLLLL!!!! Absolutely incredible. Incedible strike and incredible second half performance from Newcastle. Arsenal have thrown away the game and possibly the title but don't take that away from Tiote's strike. A free kick from Barton was cleared out to Tiote who from 30 yards takes it on the volley with his supposedly weaker left foot and the ball flies into the bottom corner. Newcastle could win this game now.
 STAR MAN: Chiekh Tiote (Newcastle)
8.5 Scored an absolutely wonderful left foot volley which almost took the roof off St James' Park. Absolutely remarkable strike and although he was bypassed in the first half, all will be forgiven after that wonder goal.


Van der Vaart 7'
Huddlestone 44'
Van der Vaart (p) 71'
Referee: Martin Atkinson
Walcott 5'
Nasri 13'
Van Persie 41'

Arsenal's title ambitions took another plunge as Tottenham again refused to cave in to their north London rivals. Early goals from Walcott and Nasri either side of Van der Vaart's equaliser got the game off to a raucous start, before Van Persie appeared to have put the game beyond reach with a third shortly before half time.

A stunning strike from Tom Huddlestone before the break gave Tottenham hope, though it might have been extinguished had a linesman not disallowed Van Persie's powerful strike for an incorrect offside call. But Spurs rode that piece of luck and Van der Vaart swept home a nerve-ridden penalty with 19 minutes remaining to ensure the points were shared.

It meant Arsenal dropped to third in the table below Chelsea on goal difference, but it still wasn't enough to ensure Spurs would be competing in the Champions League again next season.


"After going 3-1 down we’ve got to be happy with that. We’ve had a few chances in the second half to have gone on and won it but we showed the courage to go out there and show some fight." - Michael Dawson

“The mental strength of the team has been outstanding because not many teams would have survived what we have gone through, and all the criticism we have faced and I think that this team deserves much more credit that it’s given.” - Arsene Wenger


44' GOAL! SPURS BACK IN IT! Huddlestone with a screamer! What a time to score for the hosts! The midfielder picks up the ball and drills it goalwards, it flies through a host of bodies before nestling in the back of the net!
 STAR MAN: Rafael van der Vaart (Tottenham)
8.5 Timed his run perfectly to receive Corluka's pass and beat Szczesny for the first Spurs goal. Was unlucky to see his dipping left-footed effort tipped wide by an excellent save by the young goalkeeper, but beat him with ease from the spot. Looked like the Van der Vaart Tottenham signed in the summer, showing wonderful skill.


MAY 15, 2011 | WIGAN vs WEST HAM
N'Zogbia 57'
Sammon 68'
N'Zogbia 90' + 3
Referee: Mike Dean
Ba 12'
Ba 26'

A game that should come to define the football phrase "six-pointer". West Ham entered the match knowing only victory would keep them up. Wigan knew defeat would all but send them down. Something had to give.

From first kick to last, this game throbbed with excitement and desperation. Demba Ba struck twice in the first 26 minutes to put West Ham seemingly in control of the match and seemingly back in with a chance of surviving the drop.

What followed was an inspired second-half performance from Wigan and Charles N'Zogbia, who swept home a devastating free-kick to make it 2-1, then after Connor Sammon had equalised with his first goal for the club, N'Zogbia struck again with a low shot that squirmed through Robert Green's hands, sent West Ham down and the DW Stadium wild.


"At half-time, it was a real, real mountain for us but that's when the character comes out. I was really proud and I said that to the players. I don't think the second 45 minutes was an accident, it was the work we have put in during the last 10 months." - Roberto Martinez

"This is undoubtedly the worst moment in all the years I've been supporting West Ham and of course I wish I'd done things differently.” - West Ham co-owner David Gold


5.49pm Oh dear, oh dear. Robert Green has just fumbled West Ham into the Championship. The goalkeeper, in scenes reminiscent of the World Cup in South Africa, allows Charles N’Zogbia’s long-distance drive to fall through his grasp. A terrible error, and the Hammers are moments away from relegation…
8.0 Rose to the challenge of keeping Wigan alive with fantastic and fortunate second-half brace. Ground erupted as his second goal slid under Green. First goal was free-kick of the highest order.