London: Arsenal missed the chance to tighten their grip on third place in the Premier League on Saturday, drawing 0-0 at home to top-four rivals Chelsea to keep the race for Champions League qualification in the balance.
The hosts came closer to breaking the deadlock in a London derby of few chances, with top-scorer Robin van Persie and Laurent Koscielny both striking the goal frame in the first half.
The result leaves Arsenal within range of Tottenham and Newcastle, with the latter three points behind Arsene Wenger's team having played one match fewer, while Spurs are a further three points back, also with one game in hand. Wenger will also be concerned to see Theo Walcott hobble off with a hamstring pull, adding to the team's injury problems in midfield and potentially casting doubts over the England winger's participation in the European Championships.
Chelsea remained seven points behind Arsenal with a game in hand, with their best chance of qualifying for the Champions League now likely hinging on winning this year's competition....more
07:47 PM, Apr 21, 2012
Cairo: Ivory Coast trio Yaya Toure, Didier Drogba and Gervinho were among 10 footballers nominated for the African Player of the Year award on Wednesday. The three English Premier League players were joined by 2010 winner Samuel Eto'o and Ghanaian internationals Andre Ayew, Asamoah Gyan and Kevin-Prince Boateng on a list announced by the Confederation of African Football. Moroccan forward Adel Taarabt, Senegal striker Moussa Souw and Mali midfielder Seydou...
07:12 AM, Nov 11, 2011