GUNNERS YEARS: 10-man Arsenal throw title race wide open
2001: Ten-man Arsenal blow the title race wide open with an extraordinary 2-1 win at Liverpool. Thierry Henry and Fredrik Ljungberg scored the goals after Giovanni van Bronckhorst was scandalously sent off for diving. It was their first win at Anfield for
Ten-man Arsenal blow the title race wide open with an extraordinary 2-1 win at Liverpool.
Thierry Henry and Fredrik Ljungberg scored the goals after Giovanni van Bronckhorst was scandalously sent off for diving. It was their first win at Anfield for nine years.
'This was a fantastic result with ten men. We should train with ten as we are in that situation that often," quipped Arsene Wenger afterwards.
Former Gunner Nicolas Anelka just missed out on playing after completing a loan move from Paris St-Germain to Anfield.
Wenger added: "It is a cheap deal. They have a hugely-talented player, now very hungry after a string of disappointments."
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Arsenal skipper Tony Adams is jailed for four months for drink-driving. Ken Friar, the club secretary, said: ``The boy made a mistake and he has been dealt with. The club will be taking no further action; we fined him £2,000 in the summer when the offence was committed. Our position now is that we will stand by our player.''
His team-mates respond with a hard-earned 0-0 draw at Aston Villa, their 18th game without loss making it their best ever start to a league season. They remain six points behind leaders Liverpool with one game in hand.
Arsenal leapfrog Manchester United into fourth place in the league after beating Ron Atkinson's side 2-1 at Highbury.
Graham Rix opened the scoring and Paul Vaessen added a second in front of a disappointing crowd of 33,730.
Lou Macari headed one back for the visitors but the Gunners held on for both points. They remain unbeaten at home this season.