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Arsenal’s Woeful Week

Posted on: November 23, 2008

Fulham’s Aaron Hughes (left) vies for the ball with Liverpool’s Robbie Keane during their match at Anfield yesterday. The teams drew 0-0. – APpic

LONDON: Arsenal crashed to a 3-0 defeat at Manchester City, deepening the crisis enveloping the club after captain William Gallas was dropped for revealing infighting and bemoaning the squad’s lack of fight.

While the Gunners’ fifth defeat of the Premier League season — and the second in a row — derails their fading title ambitions, pacesetters Chelsea and Liverpool were both held to 0-0 draws at home.

Arsene Wenger’s call to his young Arsenal stars to show their strength went unheeded, the team looking uneasy after Gallas’ explosive outbursts in an Associated Press interview earlier in the week.

Stephen Ireland put City ahead on the stroke of halftime, exploiting confusion in an Arsenal defence stripped of Gallas, whose future with the club now seems in jeopardy.

Gael Clichy and Mikael Silvestre collided as City striker Benjani Mwaruwari released Ireland to clip the ball over Manuel Almunia, who was made Arsenal captain for the afternoon.
Arsenal fell further behind in the 56th minute when Brazil forward Robinho lobbed Almunia after latching onto Shaun Wright-Phillips’ throughball to clinch his ninth goal since joining City from Real Madrid.

Daniel Sturridge compounded a miserable afternoon for Wenger in the 90th minute by sending Almunia the wrong way with a penalty after the 19-year-old striker had been fouled by Johan Djourou.

The defeat leave Arsenal 10 points behind Chelsea and Liverpool.

Joe Cole did find the net for Chelsea after Newcastle goalkeeper Shay Given parried a shot from Florent Malouda, but his effort was ruled offside.

Hull came from behind twice to draw 2-2 at Portsmouth, Bolton won 3-1 at Middlesbrough, and Stoke edged bottom-placed West Bromwich Albion 1-0. — AP

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Arsenal’s Woeful Week

Posted on: November 23, 2008

Fulham’s Aaron Hughes (left) vies for the ball with Liverpool’s Robbie Keane during their match at Anfield yesterday. The teams drew 0-0. – APpic

LONDON: Arsenal crashed to a 3-0 defeat at Manchester City, deepening the crisis enveloping the club after captain William Gallas was dropped for revealing infighting and bemoaning the squad’s lack of fight.

While the Gunners’ fifth defeat of the Premier League season — and the second in a row — derails their fading title ambitions, pacesetters Chelsea and Liverpool were both held to 0-0 draws at home.

Arsene Wenger’s call to his young Arsenal stars to show their strength went unheeded, the team looking uneasy after Gallas’ explosive outbursts in an Associated Press interview earlier in the week.

Stephen Ireland put City ahead on the stroke of halftime, exploiting confusion in an Arsenal defence stripped of Gallas, whose future with the club now seems in jeopardy.

Gael Clichy and Mikael Silvestre collided as City striker Benjani Mwaruwari released Ireland to clip the ball over Manuel Almunia, who was made Arsenal captain for the afternoon.
Arsenal fell further behind in the 56th minute when Brazil forward Robinho lobbed Almunia after latching onto Shaun Wright-Phillips’ throughball to clinch his ninth goal since joining City from Real Madrid.

Daniel Sturridge compounded a miserable afternoon for Wenger in the 90th minute by sending Almunia the wrong way with a penalty after the 19-year-old striker had been fouled by Johan Djourou.

The defeat leave Arsenal 10 points behind Chelsea and Liverpool.

Joe Cole did find the net for Chelsea after Newcastle goalkeeper Shay Given parried a shot from Florent Malouda, but his effort was ruled offside.

Hull came from behind twice to draw 2-2 at Portsmouth, Bolton won 3-1 at Middlesbrough, and Stoke edged bottom-placed West Bromwich Albion 1-0. — AP

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Arsenal’s Woeful Week

Posted on: November 23, 2008

Fulham’s Aaron Hughes (left) vies for the ball with Liverpool’s Robbie Keane during their match at Anfield yesterday. The teams drew 0-0. – APpic

LONDON: Arsenal crashed to a 3-0 defeat at Manchester City, deepening the crisis enveloping the club after captain William Gallas was dropped for revealing infighting and bemoaning the squad’s lack of fight.

While the Gunners’ fifth defeat of the Premier League season — and the second in a row — derails their fading title ambitions, pacesetters Chelsea and Liverpool were both held to 0-0 draws at home.

Arsene Wenger’s call to his young Arsenal stars to show their strength went unheeded, the team looking uneasy after Gallas’ explosive outbursts in an Associated Press interview earlier in the week.

Stephen Ireland put City ahead on the stroke of halftime, exploiting confusion in an Arsenal defence stripped of Gallas, whose future with the club now seems in jeopardy.

Gael Clichy and Mikael Silvestre collided as City striker Benjani Mwaruwari released Ireland to clip the ball over Manuel Almunia, who was made Arsenal captain for the afternoon.
Arsenal fell further behind in the 56th minute when Brazil forward Robinho lobbed Almunia after latching onto Shaun Wright-Phillips’ throughball to clinch his ninth goal since joining City from Real Madrid.

Daniel Sturridge compounded a miserable afternoon for Wenger in the 90th minute by sending Almunia the wrong way with a penalty after the 19-year-old striker had been fouled by Johan Djourou.

The defeat leave Arsenal 10 points behind Chelsea and Liverpool.

Joe Cole did find the net for Chelsea after Newcastle goalkeeper Shay Given parried a shot from Florent Malouda, but his effort was ruled offside.

Hull came from behind twice to draw 2-2 at Portsmouth, Bolton won 3-1 at Middlesbrough, and Stoke edged bottom-placed West Bromwich Albion 1-0. — AP

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