Comeback victory for the Gunners
Arsenal came back from a goal down to beat Birmingham 2-1 on Saturday, easing pressure on manager Arsene Wenger as his team tries to play catch-up in the English Premier League title race.india Updated: Oct 16, 2010 23:44 IST
Arsenal came back from a goal down to beat Birmingham 2-1 on Saturday, easing pressure on manager Arsene Wenger as his team tries to play catch-up in the English Premier League title race.
Birmingham took the lead in the 33rd minute, when forward Nikola Zigic rose above the Arsenal defence deep in the area and met a cross from Keith Fahey to beat goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski at his far post.
Arsenal won a penalty before halftime when striker Marouane Chamakh was brought down in the box by Scott Dann. Televison replays showed there was contact, but Chamakh appeared to be going down before he was touched.
Samir Nasri converted from the spot in the 41st to make the score 1-1. Chamakh put the Gunners ahead in the 47th, after Alex Song back-heeled the ball to Jack Wilshere, who played through the Morocco international. Chamakh ghosted past defender Stephen Carr and rounded goalkeeper Ben Foster to slot the ball home.
Manchester United squandered a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with West Bromwich Albion as Alex Ferguson's decision to leave Wayne Rooney on the bench backfired on Saturday.
United looked to be cruising to victory after goals from Mexican international Javier Hernandez and Nani fired the Red Devils into a 2-0 lead after 25 minutes at Old Trafford.
But West Bromwich pulled a goal back on 50 minute.