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Wenger's Patience Will Pay Off with Wojciech Szczesny

Arsene Wenger has been criticized for his decision not to buy an experienced goalkeeper in the transfer market, but his patience could payoff with Wojciech Szczesny. (Courtesy Paul Blank)

By Ryan Fleming

For over a year now, we have heard how the stern-faced Arsene Wenger has stood by his keepers, Manuel Almunia and Lukasz Fabianski, despite their constant blunders. There have been rumors of the goalkeepers demise, the clubs attempted signature of other keepers such as Shay Given of Manchester City and Mark Schwarzer of Fulham.

Like many of the seemingly meaningless, buffoonery that are the rumors of the soccer world, they meant absolutely nothing. Almunia and Fabianski’s homes are still in North London despite the inconsistency in their performances.

Wojciech Szczesny, given his first league start after playing 20 games on loan to Brentford last season, played well in Arsenal’s 1-0 loss to Manchester United on Monday. Despite the loss, the Polish keeper should be given the reigns at the position until he proves incontestably that he is unable to handle the position for such a storied team.

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Sunderland Making Mark on Title Race

Steve Bruce has led his Sunderland club to wins over Chelsea and Manchester City, along with draws against Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham. (Photo Courtesy Struway)

By Joe Meloni

Seven months from now, either Arsenal, Chelsea or Manchester United will claim the 2010-11 English Premier League Championship. While headlines throughout the world will inevitably hail one of the clubs’ star players as the deciding factor in the title race – whether to excellence or injury – another group of players, likely to finish in the middle of table, may provide the goals and moments that give us our champion for this season.

Sunday afternoon, Steve Bruce’s Sunderland walked into Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge and lit the table-leaders up for three goals in a dominating shutout win. Entering the match, Chelsea averaged more than two goals per game, while allowing a tidy 0.42 goals per match in 12 Premiership games this season. In those 12 games, the Blues pieced together a 9-1-2 record, and stood three points clear of second-place Manchester United with a game in hand and five points clear of third-place Arsenal. For fans in North London and Manchester, a pass was issued entering the weekend to pull for Bruce’s Black Cats in hopes of preventing the gap between Chelsea and their rivals from growing.
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Black Cats Claw Points From Gunners

By Ryan Fleming

Sunderland striker Darren Bent scored the equalizer in the 95th minute against Arsenal on Saturday.

When Darren Bent rifled the game-tying goal past Arsenal goalkeeper, Manuel Almunia, on Saturday, Sunderland sent a statement to the league – we’re here to fight, so be prepared.

The Black Cats, which have only lost twice at the Stadium of Light in the last nine months, pulled off another upset in this new season, frustrating the Gunners and manager, Arsene Wenger, out of two all-important points. Following the second-half sendoff of Alex Song, 10 minutes after the break, the Gunners were totally outplayed and outworked.

Despite their 1-0 lead, the North London side scored on a fluke, once-in-a-lifetime sort of play. Sunderland defender Anton Ferdinand’s clearance was blocked by Cesc Fabregas, which drifted over goalkeeper Simon Mignolet and into the net.
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EPL Weekend Round-Up

Photo Credit: Gordon FloodBy Kevin Koczwara

It was a busy weekend for the English Premier League. There were big-time match-ups, breaking news, milestones reached, entertaining games and Birmingham continues to use their magic talisman.

It was a predictable and wild weekend in the Premier League. Let’s look back at some of the action and future implications of the results.

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