Andrew Fifield

Wenger hails Almunia as Gunners saviour

Arsene Wenger hailed Manuel Almunia for keeping Arsenal's English Premier League title challenge on track after a fortunate 2-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday. The Spanish goalkeeper brilliantly saved Robbie Keane's 71st-minute penalty with the game still delicately poised at 1-1.

Never-say-die Arsenal has Wenger purring

Arsene Wenger saluted Arsenal's spirit after his Premier League table-toppers maintained their dream start to the season with a 2-0 win over Bolton. Second-half goals from Kolo Toure and Tomas Rosicky were enough to consolidate the London club's two-point lead and provided a timely lift before encounters with Liverpool and Manchester United.

Hleb injury takes shine off winning run

Arsene Wenger admitted a serious injury to Alexander Hleb had stripped the gloss from Arsenal's 1-0 victory at West Ham. The Belarussian international was stretchered off mid-way through the first half at Upton Park after being felled by a crude, shin-high lunge from Mark Noble.

Wenger calls for replays to be abolished

Arsene Wenger called for the abolition of FA Cup replays after Arsenal were held to a 0-0 draw by dogged Blackburn. The stalemate on Saturday means the north Londoners must shoe-horn a fifth round replay, on February 28, into an already bloated fixture list, which includes seven matches in the next four weeks.

Cole targets ‘disrespectful’ Arsenal

Ashley Cole has accused Arsenal of ''disrespecting'' him in the wake of his controversial transfer to Chelsea. The England international completed his switch to Stamford Bridge last week after the Premiership champions agreed to give Arsenal £5-million and their French defender William Gallas in exchange.

Villa nearly wreck Arsenal’s party

Gilberto spared Arsenal a nightmare housewarming at their new Emirates Stadium on Saturday as his dramatic late goal secured a 1-1 draw with Aston Villa in their English Premiership opener. Villa had seemed intent on marking the new arena's competitive debut with a shock win.

Title almost in Chelsea’s hands

Jose Mourinho admitted that Chelsea are ''almost there'' in their quest for consecutive Premiership titles after they defeated Everton 3-0 on Monday. The Blues now need to avoid defeat in just one of their last three league matches to keep the championship trophy in the Stamford Bridge cabinet.

Arsenal’s Pires apologises for penalty howler

Robert Pires fired Arsenal to a 1-0 win over Manchester City on Saturday but was then forced to publicly apologise after he squandered the opportunity to seal victory with his second penalty of the game. The France winger had already netted one second-half spot-kick, after Thierry Henry had been felled by David James, when Arsenal were awarded a second with 16 minutes remaining for a foul on Dennis Bergkamp.

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