Arsenal snatch late draw against Man United

The table-topping clash between Arsenal and Manchester United took time to ignite but delivered a dramatic finale on Saturday when home captain William Gallas scored in stoppage-time to secure a 2-2 draw.

Chelsea took advantage of the stalemate at Arsenal, a 2-0 victory at Wigan Athletic allowing them to make ground on the top two.

Arsenal, who grabbed a late equaliser to draw 1-1 at Liverpool last week, remain top with 27 points from 11 matches.

United, who have played a game more, are level on points and goal difference but trail on goals scored. Chelsea move up to third on 24 with Portsmouth fourth on 22 after winning 4-1 at Newcastle United.

Blackburn Rovers are also on 22 after a goalless home draw with Liverpool (21) in Saturday’s late game.

Rovers twice hit the woodwork in the first half but Liverpool finished the game strongly and were foiled by their former keeper Brad Friedel.

Manchester City, also on 22, play Sunderland on Monday.

The game at the Emirates Stadium was the first Arsenal failed to win at home this season but it was a club record 25th unbeaten match in all competitions.

After a cagey opening Gallas deflected a Wayne Rooney shot into his own net in first-half injury time before Arsenal levelled within three minutes of the restart through midfielder Cesc Fabregas.

Cristiano Ronaldo restored United’s lead eight minutes from the end. Gallas then made up for his own goal with a well-controlled volley, awarded by the linesman after keeper Edwin van der Sar beat the ball back from behind the line.

”I can’t believe it, we’ve thrown it away, the same as last season, through a lack of concentration,” United manager Alex Ferguson told Sky Sports.

United also conceded two late goals in a 2-1 defeat at the same ground in January.

Fair result

”I believe it was a fair result,” said Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. ”We played with the handbrake on in the first half though and we lacked our usual flowing game.”

Chelsea did what was necessary at Wigan with man-of-the-moment Frank Lampard following up his midweek League Cup hat-trick with an early opener.

Shaun Wright-Phillips set it up and then supplied Juliano Belletti for the second after 18. Despite some willing Wigan running, Chelsea were never in danger from then on.

Portsmouth had not triumphed at St James’ Park for 58 years while Newcastle had won their previous four home games so the hosts were stunned when goals from Noe Pamarot, Benjamin Mwaruwari and John Utaka put Pompey 3-0 up after 11 minutes.

A Sol Campbell own-goal put Newcastle on the scoreboard but Niko Kranjcar completed a great day for the visitors with the fourth after 71 minutes.

”For 20 minutes we were fantastic,” said Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp.

Lee Carsley and James Vaughan scored in injury time to give Everton a 3-1 win over Birmingham City, with Fulham beating Reading by the same score at Craven Cottage.

Aston Villa eased past bottom side Derby County 2-0 while Middlesbrough and Tottenham Hotspur drew 1-1. – Reuters

Keep the powerful accountable

Subscribe for R30/mth for the first three months. Cancel anytime.

Subscribers get access to all our best journalism, subscriber-only newsletters, events and a weekly cryptic crossword.

Related stories

WELCOME TO YOUR M&G

Already a subscriber? Sign in here

Advertising

Latest stories

‘I was jailed for doing journalism – and the nightmare...

Eight months ago, the Zimbabwean government arrested Jeffrey Moyo after he worked with colleagues from The New York Times reporting on Zimbabwe. His next court date is 14 February

R7.8bn corruption exposed in SIU Covid-19 corruption report

The SIU has recovered R34.2-million and is chasing a further R551.5-million of alleged graft from the government’s R152-bilion Covid-19 spend

EFF axes Limpopo leaders over poor poll performance

The party lost 25 council seats in what was one of its strongholds

My life and Andre’s: How André Leon Talley paved the...

André Leon Talley injected much-needed intellectualism into fashion, inspiring others to find their feet
Advertising

press releases

Loading latest Press Releases…
×