5 of the longest Premier League matches

Everton dug deep to pick up a late win
Everton dug deep to pick up a late win

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

Arsenal v West Ham United - Premier League
Lukas Podolski in action

Arsenal and West Ham feature for the second time on this list. Unfortunately for the West Ham fans, it was another disappointing evening for them.

West Ham started well but fell like a pack of cards as Arsenal turned on the style. The Hammers went ahead courtesy of a Jack Collison goal on 17 minutes, but from that moment on, they hardly put up a fight as Arsenal ran riot.

Lukas Podolski equalised soon after, with a 25-yard scorcher, and the first half ended all square. With the match locked at 1-1 at half-time, it looked like a contest lay ahead, especially because Arsenal were facing their familiar problem of a lack of end product even though they were creating quite a few chances.

However, Olivier Giroud scored a half-volley from a corner to make it 2-1 and 5 minutes later, Lukas Podolski dragged defenders away to allow Santi Carzola a free run. The Spaniard obliged and made it 3-1.

The very next minute, Podolski sent in a low cross for Theo Walcott to make it 4-1 and wrap the game up. On 57 minutes, Podolski teed up Giroud from the left wing to make it 5-1.

Daniel Potts was brought on for Jack Collison and Winston Reid was taken off for Alou Diarra. In the 70th minute Potts was knocked out by a questionable challenge from Bacary Sagna and was treated for over ten minutes before being taken to a hospital.

The game resumed in the 81st minute and continued till 102 minutes and 58 seconds, with Arsenal desperately trying to broaden their lead against a hapless West Ham side.

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