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Arsenal   2 - 1   Birmingham

Jack Wilshere is dismissed for a challenge on Nikola Zigic
Jack Wilshere is the third Gunners player to be sent off this season

By Sam Sheringham

Arsenal came from behind to beat Birmingham and go second in the table but the victory was tarnished by a late red card for teenager Jack Wilshere.

The visitors went ahead against the run of play when striker Nikola Zigic headed home Keith Fahey's cross.

Samir Nasri levelled from the spot after a foul on Marouane Chamakh before Chamakh rounded Ben Foster to put Arsenal ahead early in the second half.

Wilshere, 18, was given his marching orders for an ugly lunge on Zigic.

The England midfielder's studs were showing as he went over the ball and took out the Serbian striker's standing leg.

No complaints from Wenger on Wilshere red card

And ironically, the Gunners' third red card of the season came after boss Arsene Wenger used his programme notes to call for managers and referees to get together in an attempt to clarify the rules over bad tackles.

Wilshere's indiscretion aside, it was an efficient comeback from Arsenal who, after defeats in their previous two games and with a trip to Manchester City looming next weekend, simply could not afford to drop points.

And Wenger will be delighted to have seen Chamakh continue his impressive start to life in English football with two decisive moments.

Arsenal were quickly into their trademark groove. Wilshere won the ball high up the pitch and played a one-two with Chamakh before sliding the Moroccan striker through on goal. His side-footed effort was destined for the bottom corner before it was brilliantly blocked by the lunging Stephen Carr.

At the other end, Roger Johnson was given a free header from a corner, but directed it straight at Lukasz Fabianski.

Carr was lucky to escape without a yellow card for an over-the-ball tackle on Chamakh and from the resulting free-kick, Sebastien Squillaci headed the ball into the net, only to be denied for a narrow offside.

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The red tide showed no sign of abating, with Ben Foster bursting off his line to smother a shot from Andrey Arshavin and Gael Clichy slicing wide with his less-favoured right foot.

Despite all Arsenal's pressure, Birmingham took the lead against the run of play when Fahey whipped over a pin-point cross for the 6ft 8in Zigic, who towered above the Gunners defence and lopped a header past Fabianski.

And it was almost 2-0 moments later as a quick free-kick took Arsenal by surprise, only for Zigic and Lee Bowyer to get in each other's way as they fought to convert the loose ball.

And how Birmingham were made to pay for that miss. From Arsenal's next attack, Chamakh went down under a challenge from Scott Dann and referee Martin Atkinson pointed to the spot.

The decision incensed the visiting players, who felt Chamakh was already going to ground, but Nasri kept his composure to send Foster the wrong way.

Wenger spent most of the first period with a look of barely disguised anger on his face and whatever his words at half-time, they had the desired effect as the Gunners took the lead within two minutes of the re-start.

Alex Song's flick found Wilshere, who with two quick touches transferred the ball to Chamakh.

The Moroccan still had work to do, but with Carr and Dann perhaps wary of making another challenge in the box, he danced past the pair before taking the ball round Foster and slotting home his fifth goal of the season.

McLeish questions penalty 'that changed game'

From then on, it seemed a matter of whether Arsenal could add gloss to the scoreline, with Wilshere bursting into space on the left before firing high and wide.

The home fans rose to greet Nicklas Bendtner in his first appearance of the season following a groin injury and the Dane was inches away from getting on the end of a cross from his fellow substitute Tomas Rosicky with Foster just beating him to the ball.

The Czech winger was the next to test Foster, with a powerful drive which the England goalkeeper did well to save at the first attempt.

Wilshere's dismissal ensured the game ended on a sour note for the Gunners fans, but news of Manchester United's slip-up at home against West Brom and a look at the league table should be enough to put the smile back on their faces.

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Saturday, 16 October 2010

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Arsenal 2-1 Birmingham FT
(HT 1-1)
  • Nasri (pen) 41
  • Chamakh 47
  • Zigic 33

Arsenal

Substitutes

Birmingham

Substitutes

Ref: AtkinsonAtt: 60,070
ARSENAL
BIRMINGHAM

Possession

  • Arsenal 62%
  • Birmingham 38%

Attempts on target

  • Arsenal 13
  • Birmingham 4

Attempts off target

  • Arsenal 5
  • Birmingham 2

Corners

  • Arsenal 7
  • Birmingham 3

Fouls

  • Arsenal 16
  • Birmingham 9
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+5:48 The referee blows for the end of the match.
  • 90:00+2:15 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nikola Zigic by Jack Wilshere. Free kick taken by Ben Foster.
  • 90:00+2:15 Sent off Jack Wilshere sent off.
  • 90:00+1:27 Nikola Zigic challenges Emmanuel Eboue unfairly and gives away a free kick. Emmanuel Eboue takes the free kick.
  • 90:00+0:52 Handball decision goes against Alex Song. Free kick crossed right-footed by Sebastian Larsson.
  • 90:00+0:15 Samir Nasri takes a shot. Save made by Ben Foster.
  • 88:30 Foul by Nicklas Bendtner on Barry Ferguson, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Ben Foster.
  • 86:07 Effort on goal by Tomas Rosicky from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
  • 84:26 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Sebastian Larsson from the right by-line.
  • 84:02 Effort from the edge of the area by Garry O'Connor goes wide of the right-hand post.
  • 83:38 Shot by Tomas Rosicky from 20 yards. Ben Foster makes a fantastic save.
  • 83:10 Handball decision goes against Garry O'Connor. Direct free kick taken by Samir Nasri.
  • 82:47 Jack Wilshere fouled by Nikola Zigic, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Samir Nasri.
  • 79:34 Substitution Lee Bowyer goes off and Garry O'Connor comes on.
  • 78:44 The referee blows for offside against David Murphy. Lukasz Fabianski takes the free kick.
  • 78:44 Substitution Nicklas Bendtner on for Marouane Chamakh.
  • 76:54 Substitution David Murphy replaces Keith Fahey.
  • 76:27 Emmanuel Eboue challenges Liam Ridgewell unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ben Foster.
  • 76:27 Booking Emmanuel Eboue is booked.
  • 72:43 Inswinging corner taken by Samir Nasri.
  • 71:50 Stephen Carr concedes a free kick for a foul on Tomas Rosicky. Samir Nasri has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.
  • 71:50 Booking Stephen Carr receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
  • 70:38 Unfair challenge on Tomas Rosicky by Stephen Carr results in a free kick. Tomas Rosicky restarts play with the free kick.
  • 69:37 The offside flag is raised against Marouane Chamakh. Ben Foster takes the indirect free kick.
  • 69:37 Substitution Tomas Rosicky joins the action as a substitute, replacing Andrey Arshavin.
  • 68:55 Andrey Arshavin takes a shot. Save by Ben Foster.
  • 66:16 A cross is delivered by Samir Nasri, Roger Johnson makes a clearance.
  • 65:51 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Samir Nasri from the left by-line.
  • 65:26 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Samir Nasri from the left by-line.
  • Correction - 62:45 Effort from deep inside the area by Jack Wilshere misses to the left of the target.
  • 62:45 Effort from deep inside the area by Jack Wilshere misses to the left of the goal.
  • 61:12 Emmanuel Eboue produces a drilled right-footed shot from 18 yards. Blocked by Andrey Arshavin.
  • 58:47 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Roger Johnson by Jack Wilshere. Lee Bowyer takes the direct free kick.
  • 58:08 Vassiriki Diaby has a drilled shot. Blocked by Roger Johnson.
  • 55:20 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Sebastian Larsson.
  • Correction - 54:20 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alexander Hleb by Alex Song. Strike on goal comes in from Sebastian Larsson from the free kick, blocked by Emmanuel Eboue.
  • 54:20 Free kick awarded for a foul by Alex Song on Alexander Hleb. Free kick taken by Sebastian Larsson.
  • 53:15 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Vassiriki Diaby by Lee Bowyer. Samir Nasri restarts play with the free kick, Emmanuel Eboue takes a shot. Comfortable save by Ben Foster.
  • 53:15 Booking Lee Bowyer is given a yellow card.
  • Correction - 46:53 The assist for the goal came from Jack Wilshere.
  • Correction - 46:53 GOAL - Marouane ChamakhArsenal 2 - 1 Birmingham Marouane Chamakh grabs a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Arsenal 2-1 Birmingham.
  • 46:53 Assist on the goal came from Jack Wilshere.
  • 46:53 GOAL - Marouane ChamakhArsenal 2 - 1 Birmingham Marouane Chamakh finds the net with a goal from close in . Arsenal 2-1 Birmingham.
  • 45:01 The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:41 The ref blows to signal half-time.
  • Correction - 45:00+2:23 Sebastian Larsson takes a shot. Save by Ben Foster.
  • 45:00+2:23 Effort from deep inside the area by Sebastian Larsson misses to the right of the goal.
  • 45:00+1:51 Barry Ferguson fouled by Marouane Chamakh, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Ben Foster.
  • 45:00+1:22 Unfair challenge on Alexander Hleb by Jack Wilshere results in a free kick. Ben Foster restarts play with the free kick.
  • 45:00+0:54 Lee Bowyer concedes a free kick for a foul on Vassiriki Diaby. Free kick taken by Lukasz Fabianski.
  • 43:19 Nikola Zigic challenges Johan Djourou unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Lukasz Fabianski.
  • 42:02 Free kick awarded for a foul by Samir Nasri on Liam Ridgewell. Free kick taken by Barry Ferguson.
  • 42:02 Booking Samir Nasri shown a yellow card.
  • 40:36 Marouane Chamakh fouled by Scott Dann, the ref awards a Penalty. Assist on the goal came from Marouane Chamakh.
  • 40:36 GOAL - Samir NasriArsenal 1 - 1 Birmingham Penalty scored by Samir Nasri. Arsenal 1-1 Birmingham.
  • Correction - 38:31 Nikola Zigic produces a right-footed shot from close in that goes over the bar.
  • 38:31 Nikola Zigic takes a shot from inside the six-yard box clearing the crossbar.
  • 37:38 Alexander Hleb fouled by Jack Wilshere, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Barry Ferguson.
  • 34:06 Alex Song takes a shot. Roger Johnson gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Samir Nasri, Jack Wilshere takes a shot. Scott Dann gets a block in.
  • 32:24 Keith Fahey produces a cross, Keith Fahey provided the assist for the goal.
  • 32:24 GOAL - Nikola ZigicArsenal 0 - 1 Birmingham Nikola Zigic finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the area. Arsenal 0-1 Birmingham.
  • 31:37 Sebastien Squillaci gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nikola Zigic. Liam Ridgewell restarts play with the free kick.
  • 29:35 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Samir Nasri.
  • 29:08 Corner taken by Samir Nasri, Alexander Hleb makes a clearance.
  • 28:09 Unfair challenge on Alexander Hleb by Jack Wilshere results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Barry Ferguson.
  • 26:38 Liam Ridgewell fouled by Sebastien Squillaci, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Sebastian Larsson from left wing, Lukasz Fabianski makes a save.
  • 25:10 Emmanuel Eboue concedes a free kick for a foul on Keith Fahey. Sebastian Larsson delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing.
  • 23:53 Jack Wilshere gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sebastian Larsson. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Sebastian Larsson.
  • 23:12 Samir Nasri crosses the ball. Gael Clichy has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.
  • 22:10 Keith Fahey takes a shot. Lukasz Fabianski makes a comfortable save.
  • 20:04 Shot from just outside the area by Samir Nasri misses to the right of the target.
  • 18:25 Andrey Arshavin takes a shot. Save made by Ben Foster. Corner from right by-line taken by Samir Nasri.
  • 16:17 Stephen Carr gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marouane Chamakh. The assistant referee signals for offside against Sebastien Squillaci. Indirect free kick taken by Ben Foster.
  • 13:49 Marouane Chamakh concedes a free kick for a foul on Alexander Hleb. Ben Foster takes the direct free kick.
  • 12:39 Unfair challenge on Stephen Carr by Alex Song results in a free kick. Roger Johnson takes the free kick.
  • 7:40 Vassiriki Diaby takes a shot. Roger Johnson gets a block in.
  • 5:53 Outswinging corner taken by Sebastian Larsson from the right by-line, Roger Johnson takes a shot. Save by Lukasz Fabianski.
  • 4:16 Marouane Chamakh takes a shot. Stephen Carr gets a block in.
  • 3:14 Vassiriki Diaby takes a shot. Save made by Ben Foster.
  • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 16 Oct 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 8 21 19
2 Arsenal 8 8 14
3 Man Utd 8 7 14
4 Man City 7 6 14
5 Tottenham 8 3 14
6 West Brom 8 -3 12
7 Bolton 8 0 11
8 Aston Villa 8 -3 11
9 Stoke 8 -2 10
10 Blackpool 7 -4 10
11 Fulham 8 0 9
12 Wigan 8 -9 9
13 Newcastle 8 0 8
14 Sunderland 7 0 8
15 Blackburn 7 -1 8
16 Birmingham 8 -4 7
17 Everton 7 -1 6
18 Liverpool 7 -4 6
19 Wolves 8 -5 6
20 West Ham 8 -9 6

see also
Wenger accepts Wilshere dismissal
16 Oct 10 |  Arsenal
Saturday's football photos
16 Oct 10 |  Premier League
Saturday football as it happened
16 Oct 10 |  Football



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