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14/12/2010 09:29

Papers: Misfiring Gunners

Not-so-young Gunners are little lost boys in this man's world
It is not 11 men against 11 babies any more. Arsenal are out of their nappies. That much was obvious last night. They are getting closer to the age of maturity, a lot closer, but they still have an embarrassing tendency to cut themselves shaving. And even though they competed well with their hosts, Arsenal will be haunted by the realisation that they could not hurt a Manchester United side that is not what it was. Many had expected Arsene Wenger’s team to come to Old Trafford last night and end United’s unbeaten record this season in the same way that United finally ended Arsenal’s Invincibles 49-match unbeaten run here six years ago. But although this match was fiercely contested, there was not the same intensity about it as some of the classic encounters between these two sides down the years. United are a weaker side without Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez. They are not the team that destroyed Arsenal in the “Men v Babies” Champions League tie the season before last. But, on last night’s showing, Arsenal are not quite ready to overtake them yet in the race for Chelsea’s title.
Oliver Holt, The Mirror

Elsewhere, there's plenty of praise for Ji-sung Park after his winner last night, while there's also widespread coverage of the Chilean miners' visit to watch the match (most stories appear under headlines like The Guardian's Chile Reception at Old Trafford).

Sir Alex has also labelled the sacking of Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce a “disgrace”. Speaking after United’s 1-0 win over Arsenal, his comments appear in this morning’s The Sun: “I’ve never heard of such a stupid decision in all my life. It’s ridiculous.”

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