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Saturday, February 23, 2008

Arsenal Shared Points with Birmingham City in an Eventful Match

Arsenal slipped up once again in premier league. Arsene Wenger boys were held to a 2-2 draw away at Birmingham City. With this draw Arsenal has left a chance for Manchester United to reduce the difference of five points in the pursuit of title race. The eventful match started off with a horrific incident which caused Arsenal striker Eduardo a broken leg being tackled by Martin Taylor in the third minute. Eduardo needed to be hospitalized later on and Martin Taylor was shown red card immediately.

Birmingham City striker James McFadden opened scoring, putting the host side in the lead with an excellent free kick. However, the Gunners bounced back in the match and eventually took lead with two back-to-back goals from young striker Theo Walcott, before James McFadden scored from an injury time penalty to bring a point for his side.

BBC reported:

The sprightly 18-year-old, in for the suspended Emmanuel Eboue, was first to pounce on a loose ball, from a challenge between keeper Taylor and Emmanuel Adebayor, and stabbed in from eight yards.

And five minutes later he put Arsenal in the lead after seizing on a mistake from Liam Ridgewell, drifting past two City defenders and rifling his low effort past the reach of Taylor.

Arsenal could have added to their lead, but first Adebayor was foiled by the hand of Taylor and then Bendtner smacked a low angled shot just wide of the Birmingham right-hand upright.

Arsenal dominated throughout the match but they were not lucky enough to pick up three points from the match. They have missed a number of chances. Otherwise, Arsenal could reel off a big margin victory. However, Arsenal is still at the top of the point table of premier league, even if Manchester United won at Newcastle United in the late-night kick off. However, Arsenal has lost an advantage with this draw.

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