Super Kev dents Gunners title hopes

27 March 2010 05:15
Samir Nasri had come off the bench to fire the Gunners in front 10 minutes from time.[LNB]But Blues substitute Phillips enjoyed a stroke of luck in injury-time as the ball looped off him and over Manuel Almunia to level.[LNB]Arsene Wenger was greeted with boos from the Birmingham fans as he made his way along the touchline to the Arsenal dug-out, still disgruntled by his reaction to Martin Taylor's challenge on Eduardo which badly broke the Gunners striker's leg in 2008.[LNB]The Gunners began in confident fashion against a Blues side unbeaten at home since late September.[LNB]Tomas Rosicky won the first corner of the game but skipper Cesc Fabregas' centre was held comfortably by Blues keeper Joe Hart.[LNB]Birmingham midfielder Craig Gardner was high and wide with a 20 yard drive after a James McFadden free-kick had only been half cleared.[LNB]Theo Walcott then appealed optimistically for a penalty after a challenge from Liam Ridgewell and referee Howard Webb waved play on.[LNB]McFadden showed good skill in creating a yard of space just outside the Arsenal box but he dragged his powerful drive a couple of yards past the post.[LNB]The visitors knocked the ball around in trademark style although the final decisive ball was lacking in the opening quarter of an hour.[LNB]Alex Song became the first player to be yellow carded after 16 minutes for bringing down McFadden, who had made an impressive start to the game.[LNB]Hart made the first meaningful save of the game a minute later when he came quickly off his line to block a shot from Walcott after he had raced onto a long ball from Fabregas.[LNB]Gael Clichy was booked after 24 minutes for a foul on Craig Gardner.[LNB]This resulted in an unhappy Wenger exchanging words with the fourth official Anthony Taylor.[LNB]Jerome brought a save out of Almunia with a low 25-yard drive.[LNB]The former Cardiff striker then burst into the box but toe-poked a weak shot straight at Almunia when under pressure from Sol Campbell.[LNB]Wenger was becoming increasingly animated but the home side were more than holding their own against their title-chasing opponents.[LNB]Arsenal started the second half on the offensive and Hart saved a drive from Rosicky away to his right.[LNB]Then Abou Diaby made a good break into the City box but sent his shot straight at Hart.[LNB]Back came Blues and Barry Ferguson only just failed to connect with a ball into the near post from Gardner.[LNB]Then, after 63 minutes, City defender Scott Dann was guilty of one of the misses of the season.[LNB]Ferguson's free-kick was met by Roger Johnson, whose shot back across goal at full stretch hit the post.[LNB]The rebound fell to Dann barely two yards out but he somehow contrived to put the ball over the bar off his thigh.[LNB]Wenger made a double change with Samir Nasri and Andrey Arshavin replacing Rosicky and Walcott respectively.[LNB]Nasri was quickly involved in testing Hart with a low drive after being teed up by Arshavin.[LNB]Ferguson was then booked for a challenge on Nasri before the same player finally broke the deadlock 10 minutes from time.[LNB]He was allowed time to cut in from the right and his low drive flew past the dive of Hart into the far corner of the net.[LNB]Gardner was booked for a foul on Diaby and Carr for bringing down Arshavin.[LNB]But just as Arsenal looked set for a vital win, substitute Phillips snatched a dramatic equaliser in injury time.[LNB]Phillips battled for the ball with Bacary Sagna, who kicked it into the the former Sunderland striker's face and Almunia could only get a hand to it as it ballooned into the net for a dramatic equaliser.[LNB][LNB][LNB]

Source: Team_Talk