Van Persie double defeats Liverpool

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Robin van Persie continued his quite incredible season as he scored both goals in a dramatic 2-1 victory for Arsenal at Anfield.

Liverpool hit the post twice and missed a penalty in the first-half, but were handed the lead when Laurent Koscielny put through his own net.

But Van Persie restored parity before the interval when he headed home a cross from Bacary Sagna.

The Arsenal captain then added his 31st goal of the season in stoppage time, expertly steering a volley past Pepe Reina to cement the Gunners' place in the top four of the Premier League.

Liverpool had the opportunity to take the lead after 18 minutes, but Dirk Kuyt was denied from the spot in spectacular fashion by Wojciech Szczesny.

The Reds had been awarded the penalty in somewhat controversial circumstances, as Luis Suarez went down under a challenge from Szczesny, but TV replays were unable to provide any conclusive evidence that the Arsenal 'keeper had made contact.

This ended up being irrelevant as Szczesny kept out the spot-kick, before getting back to his feet and denying Kuyt once again at the second attempt.

However, this fine work was soon undone when Koscielny clumsily bundled into his own net after Jordan Henderson had fired in a cross to the near post.

Kuyt then hit the post, but Arsenal were soon level - seemingly against the run of play - as a pinpoint cross from Sagna was met powerfully for Van Persie to continue his potent form in front of goal.

The second-half became more stretched and was marred somewhat by a serious looking injury to Mikel Arteta, while Liverpool had the better chances to seal all three points.

None were more clear cut than the one which fell to Martin Kelly, but the Liverpool full-back inexplicably failed to make clean contact with the goal at his mercy.

With eight minutes allowed for stoppage time, the Reds were made to pay for their failure to convert when Van Persie netted once again with a thunderous strike.

Alex Song found the 28-year-old after he pulled away from his marker at the back post, and Van Persie proceeded to fire an unstoppable volley past Reina at his near post.

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