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Friday, 2 April 2010

Arsenal have feast of chances but only manage a point

Arsenal's title chances now hang in the balance after a 1-1 draw with Birmingham at St Andrews.

Arsenal had an early chance when Rosicky provided an early cross from the left into Diaby but put his effort wide.

Arsenal got another great chance moments later after a lofted ball from Fabregas found Walcott but his shot hit Joe Hart in the Birmingham goal.

Birmingham then had a chance after a Carr throw found Mcfadden but his shot was tame and it was an easy save for Almunia.
Birmingham continued to press and Cameron Jermome managed to work a shot but Almunia managed to tip the ball around the post.

Arsenal then went on the attack but a strong challenge from Gardner on Fabregas prevented the attack. Fabregas was hurt and hobbled off to the touch line to receive treatment, luckily he was ok and managed to carry on.

Nothing much exciting had happened in the first half as the score remained 0-0.

Birmingham had started the first half lively but failed to convert any of their chances.

Arsenal then had their first chance of the first half when Rosicky found Diaby who managed to find room to shoot but his effort fell straight into the hands of Hart.

Birmingham continued to get forward. They got a free kick just inside Arsenal's half after Gardner went down. The kick was lofted into the box towards Johnson. He stretched out to get it and the ball flashed across the box and hit the post. The rebound fell to Scott Dann but he kneed the ball sky high over the bar.

Arsenal needed someone to spring them to life and Wengar brought Nasri and Arshavin on.
Arsenal finally got the ball in the back of the net from Diaby but the goal was disallowed for a foul on Bowyer.

Arsenal got a corner but it was headed out. Arsenal managed to head it back though and the ball found Nasri who ran until he got to the edge of the box and shot. His effort found the back of the net. 1-0 Arsenal!

Arsenal were still getting forward and they were rewarded with a free kick when Carr brought down Arshavin on the edge of the box.
Fabregas took the kick but Hart managed to tip the ball wide.
After the free kick Arshavin had a glorious opportunity to make it 2-0 but failed to connect right and shot wide.

Then out of nowhere Birmingham got the equaliser in injury time! Hart smashed the ball up field to Phillips who controlled and put the ball out wide. The ball came in and Phillips made contact and put the ball into the back of the net. It was a special goal for Phillips as it was his 250th professional career goal.

The final score ended 1-1.
My Man of the Match: Diaby

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