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9 of the Premier League's Best Games From 2018

You know the deal. By now, you've seen countless year-end 'Best Of' lists. You've done all the sports quizzes of the year. You've poured over every detail from 2018 that you can think of. 


But have you satirically looked back at the best Premier League games you can remember? If the answer is yes, read on to see if this list matches up with yours. If it's a no, then prepare for a not-so-nostalgic throwback. 

1. Arsenal 2-2 Chelsea - 03/01/18

Almost a full 365 days ago, so you may not remember this one. I mean, Antonio Conte was still at Chelsea and Arsene Wenger was still at Arsenal, putting Jack Wilshere in his starting lineup. That's a lifetime ago. 


But, honestly, it was a great game. #Superjack rewarded Wenger's loyalty by scoring his first Premier League goal since May 2015, there were 33 shots on target, a haul of great saves from Thibaut Courtois (another dearly departed) and Petr Cech (only a matter of time, surely), a controversial penalty AND a 93rd minute equaliser.


Oh, and there was still time for Davide Zappacosta (yet another.. oh wait, he's still at Chelsea, I forget) to thunder a speculative effort onto the bar. It's worth pointing out that some things never change, and that Zappacosta chance came from an Alvaro Morata one-on-one that went about as well as they always do. 

2. Liverpool 4-3 Manchester City - 14/01/18

Though this was just 11 days later, there's no way you've forgotten this one. Signposting much of what was to come in the first half of this season, and indeed their ensuing Champions League run, Jurgen Klopp's men stormed Man City like no other team had. 


With Anfield rocking, the Reds had more belief, speed and guile than their counterparts on the day, flying into a 4-1 lead in the second half, exploiting the repressed naivety within Pep Guardiola's side. 


And then, as seemingly repaired this season, they did what Liverpool always did back then. They panicked, inexplicably letting City back into the game right at the death to ensure all bums were squeaking before the final whistle. But, as has been stark this season, City couldn't muster the spirit to bring it back all the way, and the spoils of the Citizens' maiden loss belonged to the Reds.

3. Liverpool 2-2 Tottenham - 04/02/18

A phenomenal game - probably my personal favourite of 2018, as a neutral - this had absolutely everything. Sure, maybe it didn't have the ramifications or skill of the previous encounter, but it had Shakespearean drama and Hitchcockian twists coming out of every sinew. 


You could insert the last 15 minutes of this game into any of the great films of this century, and no one would complain. 200mph net-busting thunderbolt cracker? Tick. Missed penalty? Tick. Mazey, incomprehensible, Messi-esque 90th minute winner? Tick. Controversial second penalty awarded as 'You'll Never Walk Alone' is booming around Anfield? Tick. 95th minute equaliser that doubled as Harry Kane's redemption AND 100th Premier League goal?


Tick. 

4. Manchester City 2-3 Manchester United 07/03/18

What a mad, mad game. It says a lot that the defining image from the clash is CHRIS SMALLING celebrating. WTF. 


The champions elect were cruising in the first half, exhibiting perfectly why they were title winners in waiting as they brokered a 2-0 lead. It was settled. The title was to be sealed on home soil against their now not-so-noisy neighbours. 


Then United improbably, impossibly emerged from half time with a kind of conviction that would not be seen as convincingly under Jose Mourinho ever again. In many ways it was Mourinho's swansong, the last time he truly harnessed Paul Pogba's talents. The fact that it only lasted 45 minutes, and all it accomplished was a week's delay for their rivals celebrations says a lot, frankly.

5. Tottenham 5-4 Leicester - 13/05/18

I usually wouldn't include a bewildering end of year blowout in lists of these kind. Weird things can happen on the 38th matchday of the Premier League, and results should be taken with a pinch of salt. 


But this was too bewildering to ignore, and has also aged quite hilariously - but more on that later. After emerging from half time with some hope at 2-1, Spurs were immediately humbled by a third from Leicester, surely pushing a third place finish out of reach. But three goals and 11 minutes later, the Lilywhites were suddenly 4-3 up, having completed a remarkable comeback.


This feeling, in turn, lasted just 13 minutes, before Jamie Vardy's second score dashed the dream. But Kane remained resolute, and raised the Wembley roof (for the last time?) with the winner three minutes later. After so many last-day bottle jobs, this was the dawn of the 'New Tottenham', cueing millions of 'what a wonderful way to close out their Wembley chapter' and 'bring on the New White Hart Lane'.


Essentially, Spurs swapped bottling it on the pitch for bottling it in the stands. Wonderful.

6. Manchester United 3-2 Newcastle - 06/10/18

This game had no right to be this fun, yet it unquestionably was. It was fun when United flopped and flailed into a 2-0 defecit, it was fun watching Mourinho die a Manchester death in real time, fun watching Jonjo Shelvey pass Pogba off the pitch and Rafa Benitez pushing his old adversary off the ledge. 


But then, equally (and strangely, particularly as a non-United fan), it was just as fun watching this dilapidated, dismal incarnation of the Red Devils salvage an inkling of pride by reversing the scoreline with three second-half scores, each more dramatic than the last. 


And, most importantly, it was fun watching Mourinho prowl through a torrent of emotions and fates, then emerge as the smug victor, and show this smugness through a waggle of his pinky. The like of which we'll never see again, for better or worse. 

7. Chelsea 2-2 Manchester United - 20/10/2018

There's a theme emerging here, because this was so nearly Mourinho's third swansong. But Ross Barkley, and then Marco Ianni (surely the best breakout star from the league this year - who else has had such a dramatic rise to prominence?), had something to say about that. 


Akin to the Manchester Derby and Newcastle clash, this was a game of at least two halves. The first was dominated by Maurizio Sarri's side, as they carved up a disjointed United team, but failed to stretch their one goal lead. Then the Red Devils found their mojo from somewhere, somehow producing some of the best football of the year in a dizzying, confounding 20 minute spell to surge into a 2-1 lead. 


And those were the headlines - finally the true United had surfaced - until David Luiz flung his head onto a cross, hit the post, hit an ill-prepared Antonio Rudiger, hit David de Gea and landed in the lap of Barkley to sweep home, sparking pandemonium in the stands and, more pressingly, the dugout. 


It was pure theatre, and if we've learnt anything from this so far, it's that Mourinho is a devastating loss to the league at large. No one else would've made that a story quite like him. RIP. 

8. Arsenal 4-2 Tottenham - 02/12/18

The only official derby to be found on this list, this clash between the great and the good of north London showed why it's the best of its kind at producing high-level football drama. 


Helpfully, it was probably the hardest of all recent NLDs to call before the game, and this was reflected with all the ebbs and flows that occurred in the 90 minutes. That kind of back and forth is crucial to the memorability of any encounter, and 2018/19's inaugural NLD had that in abundance. 


It really could've gone either way, and even when Arsenal suddenly snuck a two-goal lead in three second half minutes, you still felt a Spurs score could spark a reversal right up to the final whistle. 

9. Chelsea 2-0 Manchester City - 08/12/18

A shout-out to Watford 3-2 Burnley, just because I can't remember a more unexpectedly wondergoal-laden game on Match Of The Day in a long time, but it's got to be this toppling of a then all-conquering giant. 


Maybe it didn't have the quality on show during Spurs' 3-1 defeat of the Blues a fortnight prior, but it has irrevocably shaped the Premier League table as the year draws to a close. It punctured Pep Guardiola's aura of invincibility, unveiling a soft underbelly, and a potential mentality issue beneath all the bravado of their Centurion legacy. 


There's a long way to go, and three days into 2019 we may have a different outlook completely, but for now this result stands out as the one that shaped the belief and confidence of both preeminent challengers for the title this season.


Oh, and don't forget N'Golo Kante out-playmakered (out-playmade?) David Silva and Sarri outwitted Guardiola. That's just as important.