Wenger names Cesc Fabregas as Arsenal Captain

French coach Arsène Wenger has appointed spanihs star Cesc Fábregas as his permanent Arsenal captain but will welcome the deposed leader, William Gallas, back to his line-up against Dynamo Kiev tonight, confident that the centre-half remains fully committed to the club and will become "stronger as a player" now that he is back among the ranks.

Indeed, Gallas trained with his team-mates, whose spirit and bravery he had questioned publicly last week both in an interview conducted in France and in his autobiography, at London Colney yesterday ahead of a recall for the Champions League group game against the Ukrainians.

We must say that his recall comes after he was dropped from the squad on disciplinary grounds for the weekend defeat at Manchester City. Wenger insisted this was "a new start" for the 31-year-old, but will also hope that Fábregas' appointment will help deflect longstanding interest from Barcelona in re-signing the Spanish midfielder at the end of the season.

The Arsenal boss has attempted to draw a line under a demoralising week at the club, with successive Premier League defeats having left them 10 points adrift of the leaders and Gallas' outburst adding to the sense of chaos. Asked whether he regretted retaining his compatriot as captain in the summer, particularly after his infamous show of petulance at Birmingham City in February, Wenger replied: "I really don't know. I feel the media was out for Gallas and it became increasingly difficult. This season, at the moment, the results are not as good as we expected and the pressure on him was always bigger.

"I must say that William is a player I rate and a man I rate as well. I have a big respect for him and I like him personally. He was working as a captain under big pressure and, at some stage, you do not want this high pressure to affect him or the team.

"He is a player who is committed to the club. He can be stronger as a player. In fact, he took to heart all the problems of the team, so this can be a new start for him and he can be stronger as a player. I believe his team-mates are behind him. He's a fantastic player and I just felt the pressure on him was big and not justified."

Fábregas will relish that pressure, claiming his appointment was "a great honour", with Wenger insistent the 21-year-old boasts "all the qualities of a leader". Yet, while the Spain international attempts to revive Arsenal's season, Gallas must seek to regain the faith of his team-mates.

The Frenchman has not formally apologised to the team for his criticisms - particularly of Robin van Persie - but is understood to regret the disruption his outburst caused. The centre-back jogged with his club-mates in their warm-up yesterday, exchanging the occasional word with Alex Song. "We all respect him," said Gaël Clichy. "He's been sensational for us in the last few years." Yet it remains to be seen how the crowd at the Emirates Stadium receive the centre-half this evening.

Indeed, a victory against Dynamo Kiev, against whom Gallas scored a late equaliser in Ukraine in the opening fixture in Group G, would secure passage into the knockout phase and go some way towards replenishing confidence ahead of Sunday's daunting trip to Chelsea. The manager, who has lost Samir Nasri and Abou Diaby to swell his ranks of walking wounded to nine first-choice players, described the past week as having been "interesting, not more than that" but insisted his squad's spirit had not been wrecked by cliques or the disaffection exposed by their former captain.

"The frustration kicks in when the team don't win and, frankly, I'm not happy when we don't win games," said Wenger. "We are very frustrated and very disappointed, but I don't feel morale is a basic problem in our team. You have to consider the big picture. This team has pushed into the 21st century with a training ground, a stadium and a very young, promising team. We are in a very healthy financial situation contrary to many teams we fight against every week. We are in a global situation which is very, very positive.

"We know, that in terms of points, the situation is not ideal. The most important thing is to win against Kiev, but we go towards a world where our healthy financial situation, a new team and our new stadium will be much more important than anything else. People don't realise that at the moment. They still live in dreamland and are spending more money, but you don't know what kind of world we'll be facing in the next 12 or 16 months. These days you go from catastrophe to fantastic, but real life is in between. It is not all doom and gloom" he concluded.

Samuel Eto'o: Emmanuel Adebayor is the best African Player

According to the press, some top strikers are voting for the African award, but none are without their baggage. The popular Samuel Eto'o has been frequently linked with a Camp Nou exit, Chelsea hitman Didier Drogba has become all-too-familiar with the Stamford Bridge treatment room and Emmanuel Adebayor has fought tooth-and-nail with the Fédération Togolaise de Football over unpaid bonus monies.

However, Eto'o believes that Ade has done enough - emerging from the shadow of the departed Thierry Henry for the Gunners - to deserve the continent's top individual honour.

Eto'o expressed: "I would have loved to win this award again, but this year has been Adebayor's year. His performances for Arsenal FC and Togo throughout the year have been outstanding. He should win ahead of Drogba and I."

"Honestly, Drogba and I have been afflicted with injuries for some part of the season and it was Adebayor who was flying the African flag."

We must say that Eto'o's backing will be music to Ade's ears as he recovers from an ankle injury.

William Gallas will not leave the Gunners

Under-fire French defender William Gallas is not looking to leave Arsenal, the player's agent confirmed on Tuesday.

Indeed, Gallas has been stripped of the Arsenal captaincy after publicly making critical remarks about the team and questioning their fighting spirit and has since been linked with a move away from north London, with Paris St Germain one possible destination.

"I can say that William doesn't express himself and the English media take advantage of that," his agent Etienne Mendy told French paper Aujourd'hui Sport. "They haven't missed a chance to do that ever since his bad-mood gesture last year at Birmingham, and they envisage him leaving Arsenal. That is wrong."

As we know, Gallas was dropped from Arsenal's first team for last Saturday's 3-0 defeat to Manchester City but will be recalled to the starting XI for Tuesday night's Champions League match against Dynamo Kiev.

And Mendy predicted Gallas will come back better then ever: "He has taken the criticism and has already moved on," he added. "Anyway, William is never better than when he has his back to the wall."


Arsenal's Emirates Stadium in London

The magnificent Emirates Stadium is a football field with a capacity for 60,355 spectators, and it is located in Holloway in the London Borough of Islington

The amazing construction is the home field of Arsenal Football Club since it opened in July 2006. It's important to say that it is the fifth-largest football stadium in the United Kingdom, and the third-largest stadium of any kind in London, after Wembley and Twickenham. Indeed, during the planning and construction stages, it was known as Ashburton Grove, after the road it was located on, before a naming rights deal with the airline Emirates was struck in October 2004. The construction stadium project cost £430 million, but this includes the cost of the associated infrastructure as well as the stadium itself.

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Premier League Fixture - 2008/2009 Season

Saturday, 22 November 2008
Aston Villa vs. Man Utd, 17:30
Chelsea vs. Newcastle, 15:00
Liverpool vs. Fulham, 15:00
Man City vs. Arsenal, 15:00
Middlesbrough vs. Bolton, 15:00
Portsmouth vs. Hull, 15:00
Stoke vs. West Brom, 15:00

Sunday, 23 November 2008
Sunderland vs. West Ham, 16:00
Tottenham vs. Blackburn, 13:30

Monday, 24 November 2008
Wigan vs. Everton, 20:00

Saturday, 29 November 2008
Aston Villa vs. Fulham, 15:00
Middlesbrough vs. Newcastle, 15:00
Stoke vs. Hull, 15:00
Sunderland vs. Bolton, 15:00
Wigan vs. West Brom, 15:00

Sunday, 30 November 2008
Chelsea vs. Arsenal, 16:00
Man City vs. Man Utd, 13:30
Portsmouth vs. Blackburn, 15:00
Tottenham vs. Everton, 15:00

Monday, 1 December 2008
Liverpool vs. West Ham, 20:00

Saturday, 6 December 2008
Arsenal vs. Wigan, 15:00
Blackburn vs. Liverpool, 15:00
Bolton vs. Chelsea, 15:00
Fulham vs. Man City, 12:45
Hull vs. Middlesbrough, 15:00
Man Utd vs. Sunderland, 17:30
Newcastle vs. Stoke, 15:00

Sunday, 7 December 2008
Everton vs. Aston Villa, 16:00
West Brom vs. Portsmouth, 15:00

Monday, 8 December 2008
West Ham vs. Tottenham, 20:00

Saturday, 13 December 2008
Aston Villa vs. Bolton, 15:00
Liverpool vs. Hull, 15:00
Man City vs. Everton, 15:00
Middlesbrough vs. Arsenal, 12:45
Stoke vs. Fulham, 15:00
Sunderland vs. West Brom, 15:00
Tottenham vs. Man Utd, 17:30
Wigan vs. Blackburn, 15:00

Sunday, 14 December 2008
Chelsea vs. West Ham, 16:00
Portsmouth vs. Newcastle, 13:30

Saturday, 20 December 2008
Blackburn vs. Stoke, 15:00
Bolton vs. Portsmouth, 15:00
Fulham vs. Middlesbrough, 15:00
Hull vs. Sunderland, 15:00
Man Utd OFF Wigan, 15:00
West Ham vs. Aston Villa, 17:30

Sunday, 21 December 2008
Arsenal vs. Liverpool, 16:00
Newcastle vs. Tottenham, 15:00
West Brom vs. Man City, 13:30

Monday, 22 December 2008
Everton vs. Chelsea, 20:00

Friday, 26 December 2008
Aston Villa vs. Arsenal, 17:15
Chelsea vs. West Brom, 13:00
Liverpool vs. Bolton, 15:00
Man City vs. Hull, 15:00
Middlesbrough vs. Everton, 15:00
Portsmouth vs. West Ham, 13:00
Stoke vs. Man Utd, 12:45
Sunderland vs. Blackburn, 15:00
Tottenham vs. Fulham, 13:00
Wigan vs. Newcastle, 15:00

Sunday, 28 December 2008
Arsenal vs. Portsmouth, 14:00
Blackburn vs. Man City, 16:15
Bolton vs. Wigan, 14:00
Everton vs. Sunderland, 14:00
Fulham vs. Chelsea, 14:00
Newcastle vs. Liverpool, 12:00
West Brom vs. Tottenham, 14:00
West Ham vs. Stoke, 14:00

Monday, 29 December 2008
Man Utd vs. Middlesbrough, 20:00

Tuesday, 30 December 2008
Hull vs. Aston Villa, 20:00

Saturday, 10 January 2009
Arsenal vs. Bolton, 15:00
Aston Villa vs. West Brom, 12:45
Everton vs. Hull, 15:00
Fulham vs. Blackburn, 15:00
Middlesbrough vs. Sunderland, 15:00
Newcastle vs. West Ham, 15:00
Portsmouth vs. Man City, 15:00
Stoke vs. Liverpool, 17:30

Sunday, 11 January 2009
Man Utd vs. Chelsea, 16:00
Wigan vs. Tottenham, 13:30

Saturday, 17 January 2009
Blackburn vs. Newcastle, 15:00
Bolton vs. Man Utd, 15:00
Chelsea vs. Stoke, 15:00
Hull vs. Arsenal, 17:30
Man City vs. Wigan, 15:00
Sunderland vs. Aston Villa, 15:00
West Brom vs. Middlesbrough, 15:00

Sunday, 18 January 2009
Tottenham vs. Portsmouth, 16:00
West Ham vs. Fulham, 13:30

Monday, 19 January 2009
Liverpool vs. Everton, 20:00

Tuesday, 27 January 2009
Portsmouth vs. Aston Villa, 20:00
Sunderland vs. Fulham, 19:45
Tottenham vs. Stoke, 20:00
West Brom vs. Man Utd, 19:45
Wigan vs. Liverpool, 19:45

Wednesday, 28 January 2009
Blackburn vs. Bolton, 20:00
Chelsea vs. Middlesbrough, 19:45
Everton vs. Arsenal, 20:00
Man City vs. Newcastle, 19:45
West Ham vs. Hull, 20:00

Saturday, 31 January 2009
Arsenal vs. West Ham, 15:00
Aston Villa vs. Wigan, 15:00
Bolton vs. Tottenham, 15:00
Fulham vs. Portsmouth, 15:00
Hull vs. West Brom, 15:00
Middlesbrough vs. Blackburn, 15:00
Stoke vs. Man City, 12:45

Sunday, 1 February 2009
Liverpool vs. Chelsea, 16:00
Newcastle vs. Sunderland, 13:30
Monday, 2 February 2009
Man Utd vs. Everton, 20:00

Saturday, 7 February 2009
Blackburn vs. Aston Villa, 15:00
Chelsea vs. Hull, 15:00
Everton vs. Bolton, 15:00
Man City vs. Middlesbrough, 15:00
Portsmouth vs. Liverpool, 15:00
Sunderland vs. Stoke, 15:00
Tottenham vs. Arsenal, 15:00
West Brom vs. Newcastle, 15:00
West Ham vs. Man Utd, 15:00
Wigan vs. Fulham, 15:00

Saturday, 21 February 2009
Arsenal vs. Sunderland, 15:00
Aston Villa vs. Chelsea, 15:00
Bolton vs. West Ham, 15:00
Fulham vs. West Brom, 15:00
Hull vs. Tottenham, 15:00
Liverpool vs. Man City, 15:00
Man Utd vs. Blackburn, 15:00
Middlesbrough vs. Wigan, 15:00
Newcastle vs. Everton, 15:00
Stoke vs. Portsmouth, 15:00

Saturday, 28 February 2009
Arsenal vs. Fulham, 15:00
Aston Villa vs. Stoke, 15:00
Bolton vs. Newcastle, 15:00
Chelsea vs. Wigan, 15:00
Everton vs. West Brom, 15:00
Hull vs. Blackburn, 15:00
Man Utd vs. Portsmouth, 15:00
Middlesbrough vs. Liverpool, 15:00
Sunderland vs. Tottenham, 15:00
West Ham vs. Man City, 15:00

Tuesday, 3 March 2009
Portsmouth vs. Chelsea, 19:45
Stoke vs. Bolton, 19:45
Tottenham vs. Middlesbrough, 20:00
West Brom vs. Arsenal, 19:45
Wigan vs. West Ham, 19:45

Wednesday, 4 March 2009
Blackburn vs. Everton, 20:00
Fulham vs. Hull, 20:00
Liverpool vs. Sunderland, 20:00
Man City vs. Aston Villa, 19:45
Newcastle vs. Man Utd, 19:45

Saturday, 14 March 2009
Arsenal vs. Blackburn, 15:00
Aston Villa vs. Tottenham, 15:00
Bolton vs. Fulham, 15:00
Chelsea vs. Man City, 15:00
Everton vs. Stoke, 15:00
Hull vs. Newcastle, 15:00
Man Utd vs. Liverpool, 15:00
Middlesbrough vs. Portsmouth, 15:00
Sunderland vs. Wigan, 15:00
West Ham vs. West Brom, 15:00

Saturday, 21 March 2009
Blackburn vs. West Ham, 15:00
Fulham vs. Man Utd, 15:00
Liverpool vs. Aston Villa, 15:00
Man City vs. Sunderland, 15:00
Newcastle vs. Arsenal, 15:00
Portsmouth vs. Everton, 15:00
Stoke vs. Middlesbrough, 15:00
Tottenham vs. Chelsea, 15:00
West Brom vs. Bolton, 15:00
Wigan vs. Hull, 15:00

Saturday, 4 April 2009
Arsenal vs. Man City, 15:00
Blackburn vs. Tottenham, 15:00
Bolton vs. Middlesbrough, 15:00
Fulham vs. Liverpool, 15:00
Hull vs. Portsmouth, 15:00
Man Utd vs. Aston Villa, 15:00
Newcastle vs. Chelsea, 15:00
West Brom vs. Stoke, 15:00
West Ham vs. Sunderland, 15:00

Sunday, 5 April 2009
Everton vs. Wigan, 15:00

Saturday, 11 April 2009
Aston Villa vs. Everton, 15:00
Chelsea vs. Bolton, 15:00
Liverpool vs. Blackburn, 15:00
Man City vs. Fulham, 15:00
Middlesbrough vs. Hull, 15:00
Portsmouth vs. West Brom, 15:00
Stoke vs. Newcastle, 15:00
Sunderland vs. Man Utd, 15:00
Tottenham vs. West Ham, 15:00
Wigan vs. Arsenal, 15:00

Saturday, 18 April 2009
Aston Villa vs. West Ham, 15:00
Chelsea vs. Everton, 15:00
Liverpool vs. Arsenal, 15:00
Man City vs. West Brom, 15:00
Middlesbrough vs. Fulham, 15:00
Portsmouth vs. Bolton, 15:00
Stoke vs. Blackburn, 15:00
Sunderland vs. Hull, 15:00
Tottenham vs. Newcastle, 15:00
Wigan vs. Man Utd, 15:00

Saturday, 25 April 2009
Arsenal vs. Middlesbrough, 15:00
Blackburn vs. Wigan, 15:00
Bolton vs. Aston Villa, 15:00
Everton vs. Man City, 15:00
Fulham vs. Stoke, 15:00
Hull vs. Liverpool, 15:00
Man Utd vs. Tottenham, 15:00
Newcastle vs. Portsmouth, 15:00
West Brom vs. Sunderland, 15:00
West Ham vs. Chelsea, 15:00

Saturday, 2 May 2009
Aston Villa vs. Hull, 15:00
Chelsea vs. Fulham, 15:00
Liverpool vs. Newcastle, 15:00
Man City vs. Blackburn, 15:00
Middlesbrough vs. Man Utd, 15:00
Portsmouth vs. Arsenal, 15:00
Stoke vs. West Ham, 15:00
Sunderland vs. Everton, 15:00
Tottenham vs. West Brom, 15:00
Wigan vs. Bolton, 15:00

Saturday, 9 May 2009
Arsenal vs. Chelsea, 15:00
Blackburn vs. Portsmouth, 15:00
Bolton vs. Sunderland, 15:00
Everton vs. Tottenham, 15:00
Fulham vs. Aston Villa, 15:00
Hull vs. Stoke, 15:00
Man Utd vs. Man City, 15:00
Newcastle vs. Middlesbrough, 15:00
West Brom vs. Wigan, 15:00
West Ham vs. Liverpool, 15:00

Saturday, 16 May 2009
Bolton vs. Hull, 15:00
Chelsea vs. Blackburn, 15:00
Everton vs. West Ham, 15:00
Man Utd vs. Arsenal, 15:00
Middlesbrough vs. Aston Villa, 15:00
Newcastle vs. Fulham, 15:00
Portsmouth vs. Sunderland, 15:00
Stoke vs. Wigan, 15:00
Tottenham vs. Man City, 15:00
West Brom vs. Liverpool, 15:00

Sunday, 24 May 2009
Arsenal vs. Stoke, 16:00
Aston Villa vs. Newcastle, 16:00
Blackburn vs. West Brom, 16:00
Fulham vs. Everton, 16:00
Hull vs. Man Utd, 16:00
Liverpool vs. Tottenham, 16:00
Man City vs. Bolton, 16:00
Sunderland vs. Chelsea, 16:00
West Ham vs. Middlesbrough, 16:00
Wigan vs. Portsmouth, 16:00

Arsenal 2008/2009 Squad

1 GK Manuel Almunia (2nd vice-captain)
2 MF Abou Diaby
3 DF Bacary Sagna
4 MF Cesc Fàbregas
5 DF Kolo Touré (vice-captain)
7 MF Tomáš Rosický
8 MF Samir Nasri
9 FW Eduardo
10 DF William Gallas (captain)
11 FW Robin van Persie
12 FW Carlos Vela
14 FW Theo Walcott
15 MF Denílson
16 MF Aaron Ramsey
17 MF Alexandre Song
18 DF Mikaël Silvestre
19 MF Jack Wilshere
20 DF Johan Djourou
21 GK Łukasz Fabiański
22 DF Gaël Clichy
24 GK Vito Mannone
25 FW Emmanuel Adebayor
26 FW Nicklas Bendtner
27 DF Emmanuel Eboué
28 MF Amaury Bischoff
35 MF Francis Coquelin
38 DF Jay Emmanuel-Thomas
39 FW Rui Fonte
40 MF Kieran Gibbs
41 DF Gavin Hoyte
42 MF Henri Lansbury
43 MF Fran Mérida
45 DF Håvard Nordtveit
47 MF Mark Randall
50 FW Jay Simpson
56 MF Emmanuel Frimpong


Adebayor likes it red and black

We have some information about Arsenal selling Emmanuel Adebayor for €31.5m, but the striker has told the club he only wants a move to AC Milan, and will not join Barcelona.

Milan have stated on numerous occasions that they would like to sign a top class centre forward ahead of next season, and it was widely accepted that Adebayor, Samuel Eto’o and Didier Drogba were the three main targets.

The African striker has been the player that they have been pursuing the most, and it has even been claimed that the Togolese hitman has already agreed personal terms with the San Siro outfit.

Barcelona have also been heavily linked with a move for the 24-year-old, and there have been reports in some papers this week that he was on the verge of signing for them.

But Adebayor has notified the Gunners that he has no intention of joining Barca, and will only accept a move to Milan.

Adebayor’s €100,00-a-week wage demands have left the GunnersArsenal with no other choice but to sell the striker, and the North London outfit will let him go if their asking price of €31.5m is met.

Barcelona director Marc Ingla flew into London on Friday to make a €28m bid, and although this falls just short of what Arsenal are asking for, they would prefer to sell to the Spaniards rather than Milan, who angered them when snapping up Mathieu Flamini on a free transfer.

However, Adebayor is said to have sent an email to Arsene Wenger demanding a face-to-face meeting with his manager, and forwarded a copy of this to Arsenal managing director Ken Friar and Ac Milan general manager Adriano Galliani, but not to any one from spanish FC Barcelona.


Wenger mad at the defensive men

Gunners' boss, Arsene Wenger, says that de defenders bad performance is the critical factor in Arsenal's lack of success in the Champions League and Premier League.

"It is the lowest week I have had here in all this time," Wenger admitted. "We have lost the 100 metres on a photo-finish. That's what happened. It's tough to swallow because you have still made a good race and you finish empty-handed. It hurts bad, really bad. Maybe for me more as I really believed that we could do it.

"We were leading against Chelsea, Liverpool, and Manchester United, and at home against them. So we can score goals. What we could not stop is conceding goals in big games. Nine times out of 10 the guy who wins a big game is the guy who scores first, and we lost all these games after being in front. So I think we suffered more as a team defensively than offensively."

The french coach, who has set a deadline of the end of this month to settle negotiations with the midfielder Matthieu Flamini, said: "My first target is to keep the team together. If you ask me how many players I want to buy, it's not a question of numbers, it's a question of one or two quality footballers."

He ruled out signing the Valencia forward David Villa, who expressed a willingness to move to the Emirates Stadium this week. "No," he claims. "I feel up front I need to give time to [Nicklas] Bendtner and Theo Walcott because they have made big improvements. Walcott is now coming on and I have to give him an opportunity at some stage."

Furthermore, Wenger had words about Philippe Senderos: "He's in the squad. But I feel sometimes you have to give the time to refresh mentally. He is so intense, Philippe. He is genuine and dedicated and he's disappointed by his performance at Liverpool but only time can get you over that."

Wenger assured that defeat in the Champions League was worse than losing to Barcelona in the 2006 final. "Against Barcelona we played with 10 men for 70 minutes. The first time you play in a final it can happen that you lose. But to go out to Liverpool after the two games we played was very, very disappointing."

Almunia's injury could bring Lehmann back to the team

Manuel Almunia is the first goalkeeper at Arsenal, but now he is a major doubt for the home game with Reading. That could mean the experienced Lehmann might have a chance to return to the first team.

In fact, further complications to the Spaniard’s wrist complaint, which kept him out of the defeat at Manchester United last weekend, could open the door for Lehmann’s farewell match at the Emirates Stadium since his departure in the summer is almost a fore-gone conclusion after being benched for most of the season.

"Maybe Manuel Almunia will be available, I just don't know," Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger stated. "I will make a decision on Friday morning. He got injured in training on the Friday before Manchester United. It's important to say that we sent him for a scan and there was an inflammation so he could not take part of the game."


Rosicky can't wait for his come back

Tomas Rosicky, the talented Czech Republic player, has been out of action since January with a knee problem, and when asked about how long he will remain sidelined for, he admitted he has no idea.

"In fact, it is still the same, there is no prospect, I don't know for the present,” said Rosicky. “I have missed football badly. I have never had such a long break. Not even when I broke my arm as I could take part of the game afterwards with a bandage.

"I take it as this simply is a part of this sport, and strong individuals must cope with it. And I will cope with it. It will not stop me nor break me down. However, I have realised how much I love football" he concluded.


Arsenal fall to second place as they tie with Middlesbrough

Wenger team dropped into second place in the English Premier League after struggling to a 1-1 draw at home to FC Middlesbrough, while the rivals Manchester United managed a 1-0 triumph over cellar-dwellers Derby to take the first position of the tournament.

In fact, former Arsenal player Jeremie Aliadiere opened the scoring for Middlesbrough after 26 minutes with a tap-in from six yards, despite claims of off-side by Arsenal defenders.

The London squad then pressed for much of the match only to be repeatedly thwarted by Middlesbrough’s Australian keeper Mark Shwarzer, before Kolo Toure powered home a header three minutes from fulltime.

The gunners coach Arsene Wenger was unhappy to let more precious points slip away but insisted his side could break its four-year run without a title.

“It is really disappointing but I feel we didn't get the result we deserved. The team gave absolutely everything but it doesn't go for us at the moment,” Wenger admitted. “We have to keep our spirit. We could now earned eight points more and hopefully we won't regret that at the end of the season.”

With Manchester United victory, now Ferguson's team lead Arsenal on goal difference and have a game in hand, with both sides sitting on 67 points. Chelsea, also with a match up its sleeve, is three points back on 64 going into the season’s home stretch.

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Theo Walcott injured in friendly game against a MSL team

Arsenal young frontman Theo Walcott was injured Thursday during a friendly game against the MSL Colorado Rapids. Walcott hurt a thigh muscle in a 2-1 victory by the Arsenal reserves.

Indeed, Walcott will not accompany the Arsenal first team as it travels for a Sunday Premiership fixture against Wigan.

In fact, Arsene Wenger confirmed Walcott's injury: "Today we also lost Theo Walcott. He played against Colorado Rapids, and he got a little thigh problem."

According to reports, Robin van Persie played an hour against the Rapids and is expected to join Arsenal's full squad against Wigan.

In the loss, the Rapids' first of the preseason, forward Tom McManus played a ball through to Colin Clark in the 87th minute. And Clark struck it past keeper Lukasz Fabianski for the Rapids' only goal.

As we know, the Rapids had trailed only 1-0 at the half, and the Rapids came out the gates quickly with midfielder Terry Cooke and McManus playing some beautiful one-touch passes that only a diving Fabianski could stop from tying the score in the 48th minute.

The Gunners, however, scored in the 66th minute for a 2-0 lead.

Rapids keeper Justin Hughes kept the Rapids close the entire game with key saves, including one on a breakaway in the 12th minute. But the London team scored on the ensuing corner kick.


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Eduardo Da Silva : "The doctor saved my career"

The talented Eduardo Da Silva said the quick work of physio Gary Lewin after he had broken his leg against Birmingham City last week could have saved his career.

As we know, Eduardo suffered a terrible fractured left fibula and an open dislocation of his ankle joint after a tackle by Birmingham City defender Martin Taylor.

The Croatian player is likely to be out for nine months but Arsenal expect him to make a full recovery. "The injury was so grave I could have lost my foot," he expressed. "So I will always be grateful to Gary for what he did in lowering the risk to my leg. That was decisive. I do not remember too much about the blow."

"In fact, I just remember the pain, seeing that my foot had rotated, but I only recaptured my senses in hospital."

According to the media, Eduardo was visited in hospital by Taylor and has accepted his apologies for the tackle which has ruled him out of the Euro 2008 tournament in June.

"And all I could do was look at his face I was totally pre-occupied," said Eduardo.
"I wanted to believe what Taylor said and to think that what happened was just an unfortunate accident."

"I really had to look at him. I could not understand how anyone could make a tackle like that in only the third minute of a match. But in the end I believed that Taylor was being honest and I accepted his excuses."

The young player said not being able to represent Croatia in Euro 2008 was "the worst blow" but he was heartened by the many messages of support from his club and international team mates.

"I will miss Arsenal's race for the title and the Champions League campaign but, most of all, my first European Championship with Croatia. That is the worst blow," he expressed. "That was a big dream for me. To qualify was one of the best moments in my life but I am only 25 and I can play in other Euros. That's what is in my head" he concluded.