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ARSENAL IN 2008: A hellish April and a 'respectable' May

PUBLISHED: 09:59 24 December 2008 | UPDATED: 15:44 07 September 2010

Jem Maidment continues his quarterly review of the year APRIL A hellish month for the Gunners. They produce a superb display but lose 4-2 at Liverpool to go out of the Champions League 5-3 on aggregate. And their title bid ends five days later when they

Jem Maidment continues his quarterly review of the year

APRIL

A hellish month for the Gunners. They produce a superb display but lose 4-2 at Liverpool to go out of the Champions League 5-3 on aggregate. And their title bid ends five days later when they are beaten 2-1 at leaders Manchester United.

Again, the Gunners were hugely unfortunate after a spirited performance. Wenger says: "It is hard to swallow that we won't win the league... (but) we have to continue to produce the football we produce. We will not always be so unlucky..."

Cesc Fabregas is named PFA Player of the Year. Along with Gael Clichy, Bacary Sagna and Adebayor, he makes the PFA Team of the Year - Arsenal having more representatives than any other club.

Meanwhile, Wenger attacks Inter for their public pursuit of Alex Hleb. "I think it is disrespectful. It is illegal," he said.

MAY

The league campaign ends with 1-0 wins over Everton and Sunderland.

"We finish with 83 points which is respectable," says Wenger, "I have won titles with less."

Jens Lehmann finally leaves for VfB Stuttgart after an emotional farewell at The Emirates against the Toffees.

Mathieu Flamini, now a free agent, opts to take the money and move to AC Milan.

Arsenal Ladies complete another domestic double with a 4-1 win over Leeds in the FA Cup final. Boss Vic Akers said: "That is three times in a row [we have won the cup] and we have now set the record of nine finals, and we have won all of them - I am so proud of what we have achieved."

JUNE

Former Gunner Derek Tapscott, who spoke to Ham&High Sport on the 50th anniversary of scoring the last ever domestic goal against the Busby Babes earlier in the season, passed away.

The Welshman was 75. His death comes as another star from the Principality, Aaron Ramsay, completes his move from Cardiff to Arsenal.

Wenger said: "He is still only 17, but has already shown that he is a very intelligent and mature player with great quality."

Fabregas stars for Spain in their Euro 2008 triumph in Austria - the nation's first major honour since 1964.


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