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Have Arsenal blown it, or could Bendtner's last gasp equaliser against Villa be the making of our season?

Have the wheels come off the Arsenal bandwagon? In all competitions, the Gunners have not won in our last four games (three draws and a defeat), but while the pundits are beginning to sound the death knell for our season, it shouldn't be forgotten that we're still leading the Premier League title race.

That lead may be down to just one point, but if we're just one point clear at the end of the season, you won't hear any complaints from me.

Tomorrow night's game in Milan is the biggest of the season and top goal scorer Emmanuel Adebayor has suggested that a win would boost Arsenal's Premier League title challenge.

By Adebayor's logic, presumably a loss at the hands of AC Milan - and a home win for the European champions is the choice of most bookmakers - will mean that the Gunners' title hopes will take a knock. But would a loss in Italy mean that we finish another season without silverware?


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Picture special: Manchester City v Arsenal

A controlled performance left nobody in any doubt about the identity of the superior side at Eastlands on Saturday, with Arsenal meting out a 3-1 footballing lesson to Manchester City.

At 2-1 up, the Gunners soaked up all the pressure that City put on them to try to get the equaliser and in typical form, with a couple of minutes left on the clock, Emmanuel Adebayor scored his second of the game to wrap up all three points.

And a couple of hours later, the rare event of Arsenal fans celebrating a Tottenham result happened, as the Spuds held Manchester United to a draw. I say held, but in truth, the Lilywhites should have beaten the Mancs, but as it was they lost their concentration about five seconds too early as Carlos Tevez scored the equaliser in the 94th minute with the last kick of the game.

Still, with both Man United and Chelsea dropping points, Arsenal secured top spot again to maitain our championship challenge. If you missed coverage of the game at Man City, or if you simply want to re-live the victory, here are some Getty Images photos from the match. Simply click on the thumbnails to see the full sized pictures.





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Picture special: Arsenal v Tottenham

The capitulation of London's tube system made it nigh on impossible for many people to get to the Emirates Stadium last night and match officials sensibly delayed kick-off to allow thousands of latecomers the chance to make their way to the ground, but for the Arsenal faithful, many will be wishing they hadn't.

Tottenham, of course, fielded their strongest first team squad, because, as one mate put it to me, this was their world cup final, whereas the Gunners are still in four competitions. However, it was the young Guns worst performance in years, although more experienced players such as Gilberto were the main cluprits on the night.

Given our centre backs' lack of pace, Philippe Senderos was pushing his defensive line far too much up the pitch, so when the Spuds carved us open in the 37th minute, Jermaine Jenas was unchallenged as he slid the ball past the beaten Lukasz Fabianski.

Thankfully the likes of Robbie Keane, Jermaine Defoe and Dimitar Berbatov couldn't hit the proverbial barn door, so the Spuds' tally was kept down to one. Then just 12 minutes from time an Eduardo assist was collected by Theo Walcott and the ball somehow bobbled off the young England star and into the back of the net.

So 1-1 with the second leg to go - and what a game it should be. For those of you who didn't see last night's derby, or who want to relive a few moments of it, here's a selection of Getty Images photos from the match. Click on the thumbnails below and on the next page to see the full size image.





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Exclusive: Tottenham plan to put a retractable roof on new stadium

Gooner spy Mimi M forwarded us this artist's impression of the new stadium being planned by Tottenham Hopeless.

As you can see from our sneak peek at the ground, the stadium involves a revolutionary design that completely encapsulates the Spuds' ethos - piss poor players and shit fans. Rumours that Andrex will become the new team sponsor could not be confirmed, but it is understood that current sponsor Mansion is keen to break its deal, as associating gambling with losers is not a great strategy.

Daniel Levy and his fellow board members must be flush with cash if they're gonna push ahead with their controversial plan, but as the photo shows, the location of the new ground, in the middle of nowhere, will make it a lot easier to get there on match day than it is travelling to Light Weight Lane at the moment.

The capacity for the new ground will be somewhere in the region of 50,000 as the Spuds board believe they can attract thousands of away fans to the ground due to the fact that their non existent defence guarantees goals for the visitng team. However, there will be no children's tickets available at the new stadium as consultants have advised Tottenham that there is no point - their failure to win any trophies this century means they have failed to attract any new fans.

So what we'd like to know is what you'd call the new home of piss poor football? Share your suggestions here using our comments section below

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Photo caption: What is Juande Ramos saying to sent off Spuds skipper Robbie Keane?

Just when you thought the weekend couldn't get any better, along come Tottenham Hopeless to put the icing on the cake.

And the fact that two former Arsenal players played key parts in seeing the Spuds lose 3-2 makes that particular cake all the sweeter.

Firstly, Fabrice Muamba was made to feel all too familiar with Robbie Keane's studs, resulting in the Hapless skipper being sent off after the fourth official apparently called the foul.

Then Swede Sebastian Larsson scored an injury time wonder goal to devastate the Light Weight Lane faithful. Surely there can be fewer sights to lift the spirits of us Gooners than the Spuds fans with their heads in their hands, because of two young Gunners. Lord knows, we've seen it often enough...


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Picture special: Aston Villa v Arsenal

Once again team spirit played a huge part in Arsenal cranking out a result away from home yesterday and the players, quite rightly, showed their appreciation of the fans afterwards by throwing their shirts to the visiting supporters.

Before the game, the mates I travelled up to Birmingham with were talking about how they would be happy with a draw against Martin O'Neill's team, but the Gunners came away with a deserved victory, so I thought I'd give you a flavour of the match using the photographs of Getty Images.

To view the larger versions of the pictures on this page and the next, simply click on the thumbnail shots.





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What advice is Arsene Wenger giving Juande Ramos?

It's Friday and there's not a lot of Arsenal news in the papers because of our Monday evening kick-off, so I thought I'd give you lot something to think about until the clock counts down to the weekend.

So, quite simply, what do you thinks Arsene Wenger and new Spuds boss Juande Ramos are talking about in this photo? Is Le Gaffer giving him some valuable advice about which players to keep and who to sell? Or is he simply reassuring the Erik Estrada lookalike that he's not the only person in North London who speaks Spanish?

Got an idea for our photo caption? Then don't keep it to yourself, share it here using our comments section below

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