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Arsene Wenger unfazed at losing Premier League lead to Man United

Arsene Wenger unfazed at losing Premier League lead to Man United

Arsene Wenger is unfazed by Arsenal losing the Premier League lead.
Arsenal's scoreless draw with Portsmouth on Wednesday allowed Manchester United to move into top place after its 4-0 win at Sunderland.
United leads the league with 45 points, followed by Arsenal with 44 and Chelsea with 38.
"Although a 0-0 draw is a disappointment it is not too bad," Arsenal manager Wenger said. "We (have) lost one game since the beginning of the championship. So we have problems? You convince me we are in crisis _ if we do six months again and lose no games we will be champions."
Liverpool is fourth with 36 points, just ahead of Manchester City place after its 2-2 draw with Blackburn late Thursday. Roque Santa Cruz equalized twice for Blackburn, which ended Man City's nine-match winning streak at home in the league.
Premier League clubs are midway through the busy Christmas period, which includes four games in 11 days.
On Saturday, Manchester United is at West Ham and Arsenal has a tricky game at Everton. Also it's: Chelsea vs. Newcastle; Sunderland vs. Bolton; Tottenham vs. Reading; Portsmouth vs. Middlesbrough; Birmingham vs. Fulham; and Wigan vs. Aston Villa.
On Sunday, Derby hosts Blackburn and Liverpool is at Manchester City.
Arsenal was thwarted at Portsmouth by a strong defense, led by former Gunner Sol Campbell. It was the first time that the Gunners have failed to score in a league game this season.
"If you ask me, I prefer to be in front but with one point difference that is not that big a deal," Wenger said. "I believe that if we just focus on our performances and get a good result at Everton then everything is all right."
Not everyone agrees. Sunderland manager Roy Keane believes his former club Manchester United will prevail.
"I have been asked this question for the last month or two and I have said before my money is still on United and today has not changed that, it has not wavered it one bit," Keane said after losing to United. "Any team that wins the league, history will tell you _ and the manager of United has got so much experience _ that they will get stronger as the season goes on."
Newcastle's season continues to go downhill. Manager Sam Allardyce was left agreeing with jeers from the club's traveling fans after a 1-0 loss to Wigan on Wednesday.
Allardyce has only been at Newcastle since April, but is aware his future is shaky.
The Magpies only managed one shot on goal against Wigan and Allardyce is frustrated.
"The level of performance they have dropped to is unacceptable," Allardyce said. "But these are the players I've got. Some I've bought and some I haven't. Some have showed me what they can do, in fact most of them have showed me what they can do on the good side of things. But too many are showing me what they can do on the bad side of it."
Allardyce will hope for a better showing at Chelsea.
The Blues drew 4-4 with Aston Villa on Wednesday in a dramatic match that featured two penalty kicks and three players sent off.
Chelsea had defenders Ricardo Carvalho and Ashley Cole sent off, but has appealed the latter's red card for handball.
Midfielder Frank Lampard is doubtful after limping off midway through the first half, while the Blues are also without defender John Terry and striker Didier Drogba through injury.
Liverpool will be hoping it doesn't need another last-minute goal when it plays Manchester City.
Steven Gerrard scored the winner for Liverpool in injury time to prevent an embarrassing 1-1 draw against the Premier League's bottom club. The Reds had also beaten Derby 6-0 earlier in the season.
"We have to think and try not to be in that position again because we had chances to win the game before the goal," said Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso, who made his first start for two months on Wednesday after recovering from foot injuries. "We have to learn and not repeat what happened at Derby again."
That means a more clinical style of play according to Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez.
"Gerrard won the game for us at the end and we know how good he is at getting from box to box, but as I said we should have had the game won a lot earlier than what we did," Benitez said.
West Bromwich Albion leads the League Championship after its 4-1 win over Bristol City on Wednesday, but is only above Watford on goal difference.
West Brom hosts Scunthorpe on Saturday, while Watford plays Queens Park Rangers.


Updated : 2021-08-03 05:12 GMT+08:00