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Premier League 2012/13: Stoppage-time strikes

Arsenal have hit five goals after 90 minutes this season  (©GettyImages)
Arsenal have hit five goals after 90 minutes this season (©GettyImages).

Scoring late goals in football can make one set of fans go crazy and the other set absolutely heart-broken. 

It's 100% one of the worst feelings in football to concede in the dying seconds of a match. As soon as the clock strikes 90, fans start biting their nails, they start bowing their heads and they just hope to anything that their side will score or hang on to the result, but so often it doesn't happen.

Injury time, stoppage time, Fergie time, whatever you like to call it, it's one of the most nerve-wracking moments in football and despite it's name, it isn't actually Manchester United who score the most after the clock hits 90.

In fact, it's actually Arsenal. 

Arsene Wenger's men have struck five times after the clock has hit 90 minutes and they are the real last-grasp goal-scorers.

However, after looking into the goals that Arsenal scored in stoppage time, none of them changed the result or helped Arsenal in any way apart from their goal difference.

Below is a list of games they scored late in:

Manchester United 2-1 Arsenal
Arsenal 5-2 Tottenham
Arsenal 7-3 Newcastle
Swansea 0-2 Arsenal
Arsenal 3-1 Norwich

So without those stoppage time goals, the results would have still been the same for Arsenal, so they aren't in fact scoring any decisive last minute goals.

Below is the full list of how many last-gasp goals the Premier League sides have scored.

1. Arsenal | 5 goals
2. Chelsea | Newcastle United | West Ham United | 4 goals
5. Manchester City | Everton | Swansea City | Wigan Athletic | 3 goals
9. Manchester United | West Bromwich Albion | Reading | 2 goals
12. Liverpool | Tottenham Hotspur | Aston Villa | Sunderland | QPR | Norwich | Stoke | 1 goal
19. Southampton | Fulham | 0 goals

So as you can see, Manchester United have only struck twice in 'Fergie time' whilst Fulham and Southampton have failed to hit the net late-on in every single one of their games. 

 

Statistics taken from: transfermarkt.co.uk

 

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