Longest Premier League games to be played ever

5) Manchester City 3-0 West Ham United, 23rd August 2008 (100 minutes)

The era of Sheikh Mansour began on a positive note for Manchester City as the club’s fans got themselves familiar with the idea of a club being owned by the riches of Arabians. Mansour, one of the wealthiest on the planet, bought the club in a 210 million Euros deal. In the ’08 season, City faced West Ham in a league match that went on for 100 minutes, due to Micah Richards’ head clash with Ben-Haim. Due to the manner of collision, Richards was treated on the pitch itself resulting in 10 minutes injury time. The game though, contrary to what the duration suggests, was not as exciting and turned out to be a one-sided affair as City won the game 3-0.

4) Stoke City 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur, 18th October 2008 (101 minutes)

The match between Stoke and Spurs, unlike the City-West Ham game played earlier in the same season, was full of excitements. A struggling Spurs side under Juande Ramos faced a defensive Stoke City managed by the ever-defensive Tony Pulis. Expectedly, Stoke had the fewest shots on target till that point that season; whereas Spurs themselves were the lowest scorers in the league. However, the game was anything but dull. Gareth Bale, a young defender, charged in with a ferocious tackle on Soares, resulting in a sending off and a penalty to stoke, which Danny Higginbotham gladly converted. A Darren Bent offside goal stood by as Spurs equalised before Rory Delap scored to restore Potters’ advantage. A few minutes later after a couple of collisions with Spurs’ goalkeeper, Gomes, Corluka went down and had to be taken off with a mask resulting in eleven minutes of added time. In the stoppage time, the substitute, Dawson, was sent off and Ricardo Fuller hit the crossbar to end an enthralling game.

3) Everton 3-2 Watford, 5th November 2017 (102 minutes and four seconds)

In desperate need of a win, the Evertonians stepped out on the pitch against Watford last week with hopes of turning their woeful season around. Temporary manager, David Unsworth, too needed a win in order to stand any chance of becoming their full-time manager. However, all the positivity took a blow when Watford scored twice within 20 minutes in the second half to give them a 2-0 lead. The former Spurs keeper, Gomes, had to be treated for a while as the game had to be stopped for six minutes. OumarNiasse and Dom Calvert-Lewin scored quick successions to turn it around before Aaron Lennon, won them a penalty, which Baines converted. However, there was more drama to come, as Everton conceded a penalty in the 98th minute. Nevertheless, the former Everton man, Tom Cleverley stepped up and put it horribly wide with the game ending in a cruel defeat for Marco Silva’s side.

2) Arsenal 1-1 Liverpool, 17th April 2011 (102 minutes 30 seconds)

Over the years, Arsenal against Liverpool has been a riveting affair with many memorable games like 4-4, in which Arshavin scored 4 goals, and a 5-1 thrashing of Arsenal by the Reds in the 2013-14 season in which Liverpool were up by 4 within 20 minutes with Skrtel scoring twice.  One such game was in the 2010-11 season which ended 1-1 but had plenty of drama. To begin with, Arsenal were second in the league, and a draw would virtually end their hopes of winning the title whereas Liverpool were still in the mix for a Champions League qualification. Fabio Aurelio had to be stretchered off in the 21st minute as the Reds played with two teenagers in their backline. The game had to be extended after Carragher and Flannagan collided resulting in 12 minutes added time. The true drama came in the 98th minute as Van Persie scored from the spot and it looked like Arsenal had won it. However, Eboue pushed Lucas in the box in the 101st minute resulting in yet another penalty, which Dirk Kuyt converted as the Reds managed to get a point out of the game.

1) Arsenal 5-1 West Ham United, 23rd January 2013 (102 minutes 58 seconds)

This one features both Arsenal and Hammers again, and like the last time ends in another hammering for West Ham. After going in front thanks to Jack Collison goal in the 17th minute, the Hammers were destroyed by Arsenal’s beautiful passing game as the Gunners scored five past them over the next 70 minutes or so. Daniel Potts who had come on as a substitute was involved in a heavy collision with Bacary Sagna for which he was treated for over 10 minutes. As a result, the helpless West Ham side had to play for another 12 minutes trying to restrain Arsenal from widening the gap.