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Villa upset Gunners

2011-05-15 20:06

London - Arsenal's frustrating finish to the Premier League season continued Sunday with a 2-1 home defeat against Aston Villa.

Former Tottenham striker Darren Bent was jeered by the north London crowd as he scored twice in the first 15 minutes to leave Arsenal in real danger of seeing FA Cup winners Manchester City overtake Arsene Wenger's side in the race for automatic Champions League qualification.

Although Robin van Persie finally scored for the Gunners, City could move into third place if they win their game in hand in midweek against Stoke -  whom they beat 1-0 in Saturday's FA Cup final at Wembley.

Jeers rang out at the final whistle at Emirates Stadium to send a clear message that the fans are running out of patience.

There were plenty of empty seats at kickoff for the final home match in another season which promised so much but failed to deliver.

Villa, who needed at least a point to secure their topflight status, took the lead after 11 minutes.

A simple high ball from Kyle Walker drifted over Sebastien Squillaci and through to an unmarked Bent, who collected it on his chest and turned to volley smartly past Wojciech Szczesny.

Before Arsenal could mount a comeback, they were 2-0 down.

A slip from defender Thomas Vermaelen, returning from eight months out with an Achilles problem, allowed Ashley Young time on the ball. The winger slipped a pass through to Bent, with fullback Bacary Sagna appealing for a nonexistent offside as the England striker slotted into the bottom corner.

Arsenal wasted possession and chances before finally bundling the ball in through Van Persie.

But it was too little too late as injured Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas was left to lead his team around the stadium in acknowledgment of fans once more with a sense of what might have been.

AP

Comments
  • Joseph - 2011-05-15 21:18

    ha ha ha what a terible team

      Maxview - 2011-05-16 02:46

      you mistakenly said terrible, you mean what a gud team

  • Maxview - 2011-05-16 02:44

    Arsene Wenger, you must stop trial and error system let the team jelly -up . Stop keeping us hoping for the unseen; the boys need to bang in goals not toil around with ball as if there is a monster in between goal posts. The Max

  • adventureste - 2011-05-16 08:54

    This is very depressing for us Arsenal fans. Coming from a position of seriously contesting winning the League to having to fight to retain a Champions league position, needs drastic changes.

  • Waheed - 2011-05-16 09:51

    im tired of Wenger fielding second class players and youngsters. spend some money dammit! get solid players in that backline please, its ridiculous how soft those goals are. and get benzema up front, bar Van Persie the rest of the strikers (Chamakh, Bendtner, etc) aren't worthy of the bench! My patience is running thin! Silverware Mr Wenger, attractive football doesn't count if it doesn't win you anything

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