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Title dream over for Arsenal after loss to Manchester United

Man Utd 2 – 1 Arsenal

(Ronaldo (pen) , Hargreaves)     (Adebayor)

 

The title dream for Arsenal is now virtually over after they lost 1 – 2 to Manchester United at Old Trafford. Before the game, they were six points behind Man Utd and needed to win to stay in the title unit but they couldn’t get the win even after dominating the game for long periods.

Hargreaves celebrate The game was very open in the first half with chances coming for both the sides. Arsenal started the game with a great determination and tempo to stay in the title race. They needed a win and they started attacking from the opening minutes. With Fabregas operating in midfield and Hleb playing just behind Adebayor, it was causing a lot of trouble for United defenders and soon chances soon started coming for Arsenal. The first chance fell to Fabregas who shot narrowly over. After that Eboue delivered a beautiful cross from the right and resulting Adebayor shot was blocked by Rio Ferdinand. After that a volley from Gilberto from a corner was blocked by his own team mate Song. Adebayor was guilty of missing several chances from the edge of box. It was hard to imagine that Arsenal hadn’t scored till now. Hleb was causing a lot of trouble for the United Defenders and he raced through the defence to set up Adebayor from the 12 yards but Adebayor shot tamely into the hands of Van Der Sar. United also had some good chances to score. Patrice Evra delivered a beautiful ball for Ronaldo who crossed for Rooney but his close range shot was diverted by Jens Lehmann. If Adebayor was guilty of missing several chances, then Lehmann was responsible for preventing United from scoring with some beautiful saves. The second chance came for Rooney when a mistake from Song allowed Rooney to break through but his shot was diverted wide by Lehmann’s foot.

Arsenal didn’t have to wait long for the goal as they got it in the beginning of the second half. Van Persie delivered a cross from the left which beat both the goal keeper and the defenders and was bundled in by Adebayor. The goal was a bit controversial as it appeared that Adebayor has used his left forearm to bundle the ball but it Arsenal did deserve a bit of luck for there play. But they were not in the lead for long as the ‘hand’ came back but to United’s advantage. A ridiculous handball by Gallas won a penalty for United. Ronaldo stepped up and converted the penalty, was asked to do it again for encroachment, and he sent in into the bottom corner to score is 38th goal of the campaign. Both teams decided to go for the win as Wenger introduced Walcott and United sent on Tevez and Anderson. Tevez almost scored a goal immediately as his sizzling shot beat Lehmann but was also inches wide of post. Arsenal had a great chance when Clichy’s cross from the left took a deflection and deflected to the post by Van Der Sar. Then came the free kick which ended Arsenal’s dream. Gilberto fouled Evra 25 yards out and the resulting free kick was brilliantly taken by Hargreaves who sent the ball over the wall and into the far corner of the net while Lehmann remained unmoved. Arsenal introduced Bendtner and he had to good chances but they were saved by Van Der Sar and United held on for a famous victory that may secure them another title.

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