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Look back at Saturday's big incidents with the panel, including Matt Le Tissier on Arsenal's last-gasp win against Norwich, Paul Merson on Everton's cruise and Phil Thompson on Aston Villa's lacklustre draw.

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Matt Le Tissier on Arsenal's last-gasp 3-1 victory over Norwich.

It was a little harsh on Norwich. Although the Gunners were dominating, neither team had troubled their goalkeepers too much. When Norwich went ahead, they actually looked dangerous on the break and Arsenal looked toothless.

But then came the substitutes. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (79), Lukas Podolski (50) and Theo Walcott (59) were introduced and that changed the game.

The first goal was bizarre and came from a controversial corner. Robert Snodgrass was livid and was convinced he hadn't touched the ball. The scramble happened and Kei Kamara was penalised for pulling Oliver Giroud's shirt. On closer inspection Giroud had hold of Kamara's shirt as well. I understand why the linesman put the flag up but the interesting thing was that the referee Mike Jones was no more than 10 yards from the incident and didn't blow.

The linesman was 60 yards away and gave the penalty. It was very strange. Jones might have to look at himself. Keeper Mark Bunn got his hand on Mikel Arteta's penalty but from that moment, Arsenal just poured forward.

Oxlade-Chamberlain poked the ball across for Giroud to score the second. At 2-1 keeper Lukasz Fabianski made a brilliant save from Jonathan Howson to keep them ahead. Podolski finished it all off.

Norwich can feel a little aggrieved. The amount of late goals Arsenal score is incredible though. They get stronger and stronger in that last quarter - it's almost like they've worn the opposition down. 3-1 sounds comfortable but it wasn't.

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Paul Merson on Everton's top-four chances after their 2-0 win over lifeless QPR.

For me, that last-minute goal [in the 1-1 draw with Wigan] last week took the stuffing out of QPR. I think it took the air out of their lungs. I'm not saying they weren't fighting or trying, but you could see the shoulders when they went 1-0 down and when it went to 2-0 you couldn't see it getting back to 3-2. I've played under Harry and I've seen his teams; they have a right go. It just didn't seem like they were ever going to score when it went to 2-0.

Andros Townsend played really well in the first half. He got the ball and attacked Leighton Baines and gave him a bit of a bad time - but in the second half Baines and Kevin Mirallas were outstanding in my opinion. Victor Anichebe up front gave Clint Hill and Christopher Samba a hard time and Everton looked very good.

Everton are right in the thick of it [the race for the top four], but they've got difficult football matches coming up. They go to Arsenal and they've still got to go to Liverpool and Chelsea. If they go and win those three games then they deserve to be in the top four. For me, it's as simple as that. They are a very good team and it was a big ask for QPR to go there and win. It's easy to say you've got to go there and win, but one of the last places you want to go in the Premier League is Everton, in my opinion.

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Phil Thompson on Aston Villa's 1-1 stalemate with Fulham.

It was a very even game. With Villa playing at home and in their situation even you'd think they would have pushed a little harder. Fulham were pretty comfortable and nobody was pushing them too hard.

The best save of the game was by Fulham's Mark Schwarzer from Christian Benteke on the edge of the box. He hit it with his left foot and Schwarzer dived brilliantly to his right.

Villa really missed the pace of injured Gabriel Agbonlahor. But Charles N'Zogbia came in and played well and scored the first goal - it was a decent strike from him.

But as the game wore on, Fulham got stronger. It was an own goal by Fabian Delph. The ball just caught the top of his head as Ashley Westwood tried desperately to keep it out. It was a bit of a shame for Delph.

And a few minutes later, he had a chance to make amends with the ball coming into him from six yards on the left. It should have gone across the goal but he blasted it and it went so high into the Holte end. Benteke then did a similar thing when he wastefully shot selfishly off target.

Fulham were right back in it and Dimitar Berbatov was unlucky with a great move when he curled the ball against the base of the post.

Nathan Baker kept his cool though throughout and made some wonderful tackles. The timings had to be right or would have been in trouble. But he was the pick of the bunch. I've said a lot of harsh things about him in the past but today he was wonderful.

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Charlie Nicholas on a fine display by Southampton's Jack Cork in a rain-swept 1-1 draw with West Ham.

West Ham didn't really get into the flow of the game. Kevin Nolan was back in playing just behind Andy Carroll and you were thinking that because Southampton are very good on the ball and like to play a squeezing game and because of the wet conditions today it was forcing West Ham to go route one into Carroll, to get a bit of support and to see what they could get off him. They just didn't really get going and Southampton kept passing and probing, but in the last third of the pitch it wasn't particularly that exciting. But they always looked the team in control.

Rickie Lambert played well. He's got good link-up play and his movement was good. The players that stood out for me for Southampton today include Nathaniel Clyne at right-back. He's very quick going forward, but the benefit he's getting to do that is created by Jack Cork. His passing is simple, he makes runs off you, he played a lovely one-two in the first half and nearly got on the end of it and he's got an absolutely stunning defensive header. He was the one that stood out for me today.

West Ham were solid enough. They didn't really get going a lot, but Andy Carroll will be delighted because he kept his goal run going. Matt Jarvis was poor today, but the one who always plays very steady without being glamorous is Joey O'Brien. He got a couple of good blocks in today, but it wasn't a dazzling display from West Ham. It's a decent point for them.

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